Understanding how eye conditions affect patients' sight

A new online tool, produced by contact lens and glasses retailer Vision Direct, can help GPs understand how different eye conditions can impact on sight.

The visual resource was developed to increase awareness and understanding of eye conditions among health professionals and the public.

Focusing on a range of eye conditions, including astigmatism, presbyopia and colour blindness, the resource provides clear information that explains each problem.

Vision Direct

Vision Direct, one of the UK’s leading contact lens and glasses websites, has produced a visual resource that shows how different eye conditions can impact on sight. The tool is intended to encourage users to have regular eye tests in order to detect or prevent these conditions from developing.

This article has been funded by Vision Direct for GP Connect

Each slide provides a visualisation of how the problem affects the eye, for example, showing how light scatters through an eye because of refractive errors. It also offers a clear and concise written description of the condition.

A slider at the bottom of the tool provides easy navigation and allows for quick comparisons between eye problems and how they can impact your vision.

In a 2013 College of Optometrists study, 8% of UK adults said that they hadn’t had an eye test for at least 10 years. A lack of regular testing could lead to an eye condition being left undiagnosed for a long period of time, causing the problem to get much worse.

Brendan O’Brien, Vision Direct’s chief operating officer and optician, said: ‘This tool will hopefully lead to greater understanding of eye conditions and might encourage someone who hasn’t had an eye test in a while to visit their optometrist and take the first steps to correct their sight.’

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