Unveiling of long awaited eye scanner

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Staff at James Cook are celebrating the success of the retinal development appeal by unveiling a long awaited cutting edge eye scanner that will help save the sight of thousands of patients.Eye scanner opening

The Heidelberg eye scanner, which cost over £175,000, has advanced components which allow staff to diagnose patients quicker because of the high quality images that it produces.

Fundraisers have contributed over £84,000 to the charity appeal for the eye scanner, which was added to a £120,000 grant from the drugs company Novartis.

They organised a speed dating event, climbed Ben Nevis and even dedicated their 60th wedding anniversary party to raising funds.

Kay Henderson, the manager and ophthalmic associate practitioner who co-ordinated the appeal said: “I would like to thank the fundraisers as without their hard work and dedication there would be no unveiling.

“This scanner will help clinicians diagnose sight threatening conditions more effectively and efficiently for patients all over Teesside and North Yorkshire. It will ensure that we meet the future growing demand and continue to provide the high standard of care that our patients have come to expect.”

The machine will be used to diagnose and treat many of the major eye diseases which lead to loss of sight such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Use of the scanner will result in more people maintaining essential sight and keep them independent for the rest of their lives.

The scanner can also be upgraded with components in the future to ensure that it remains at the forefront of medical technology.