Ask the Optician: Why is an eye test an important health screening?


WHAT CAN an eye test spot?

A surprising amount can be revealed from an eye test, from the early stages of conditions which can permanently damage the vision such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, to spotting warning signs of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of a stroke and symptoms associated with brain tumours. New research suggests that changes in the retina may reveal the presence of Parkinson’s disease and allow early diagnosis before patients start to suffer from the tremors.

How can ophthalmologists see these health conditions?

To be in with the best chance of spotting the signs of health conditions you need to have a thorough eye test which includes a range of tests and the latest technology. A great tool for health checks is Digital Retinal Photography which uses a camera to take a picture of the back of the eye – the only part of the human body where the microcirculation of blood can be observed directly. The state-of-the-art technology helps to identify changes that might be associated with certain eye conditions and health complaints. If necessary, the optician can refer patients directly for further medical examination.

Where can I get digital retinal photography included in my eye test?

Specsavers Opticas have Digital Retinal cameras across all stores including Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. To find your nearest store and book an eye test visit

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