The MP went on a tour of the facilities and learned about the equipment company’s commitment to early detection and monitoring of eye disease.
Sir Mike had his eyes examined on the Spectralis optical coherence tomography (OCT) device and was pleased to learn that he showed no signs of developing glaucoma.
Speaking about his visit, Sir Mike said: “It was fascinating to visit Heidelberg Engineering and learn about how their advanced scanning technology is helping prevent blindness through identification of patients with the early stages of glaucoma. I would encourage everyone to have regular eye checks whether they think they need new glasses or not.”
UK director of Heidelberg Engineering, Krysten Williams, added: “As Sir Mike has a keen interest in healthcare, it was a great opportunity to discuss the effects of vision loss and the tremendous opportunities to use the latest image management technologies to reduce the growing burden of an ageing population on the health service with distributed care models.”
World Glaucoma Week is an event organised by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association to raise public awareness of the eye disease and help prevent sight loss.
Image caption: Sir Mike Penning MP with director of clinical affairs at Heidelberg Engineering UK, Chris Mody