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Highland area donate sight-saving equipment

St John Scotland's Highland area have donated funds for a new piece of equipment for the Ophthalmology Department at Inverness' Raigmore Hospital.

The equipment, an i-Care Tonometer, helps check pressure inside patients' eyes, to help with early diagnosis of glaucoma.

Dr Andrew Pyott, consultant ophthalmologist for NHS Highland, explained the value of the equipment: "This new tonometer is a hand-held, automated device which allows a quick and accurate method of checking the intraocular pressure. Because it is hand-held, it is less invasive and therefore appears less threatening for patients. It is particularly helpful in children and has reduced the number of paediatric examinations under general anaesthesia; it is also useful for adults who struggle to keep their eyes open during examination, and for those with mobility issues."

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the developed world, so NHS Highland were delighted to receive the donation from St John Scotland, to help them diagnose the condition. 

Ramsay McGhee, Chair of St John Scotland's Highland Area said: "We are very pleased to be able to donate the new tonometer, and to know that it will make a big difference to patients in the Highland region. We have supported the Ophthalmology Department at Raigmore for a number of years, and are proud to contribute to its vital work.”

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