Who was Ferdinand Monoyer, and what did he do for eye health?

The more observant amongst you might have noticed something a bit different about the Google search page today. The Google Doodle has been themed around eye tests, in honour of ophthalmologist Ferdinand Monoyer. But just who was Ferdinand Monoyer, what did he do, and why is he being celebrated today? Read on to find out everything you need to know.


Who was Ferdinand Monoyer?

Ferdinand Monoyer was born 181 years ago in France. He went on to become a pioneer of visual health, and particularly made huge strides with regards to eye testing.

One of the things he’s best known for is the Monoyer eye test chart. Monoyer also developed the dioptre, a unit which measures the distance you’d have to be from an eye test to read it. His eye chart was devised with each row of letters representing a different dioptre, and it was the first eye test to use a decimal system.

Monoyer’s discoveries are still integral to how eye testing is carried out today, and Google have chosen to honour him with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 181st birthday.


Why was Monoyer’s work so important?

Monoyer’s work to develop eye testing methods was revolutionary in its day, and the fact that we still use a similar method to test vision more than a century later goes to show just how iconic his work really was.
Eye tests are hugely important, not just for visual health but for overall health, and Monoyer’s work helped to bring us one step closer to the innovative range of tests we’re able to carry out today.


Why are eye tests important?

It’s recommended for everyone to have an eye test at least every 2 years, whether they’re having problems with their vision or not. That’s because eye tests aren’t just about checking how well you can see – they’re also useful for diagnosing a wide range of other health issues, including diabetes, blood pressure problems and high cholesterol.

According to our recent Vision of Britain report, only 38% of British adults have their eyes tested every 2 years, which is the recommended minimum. In addition, 24% of British adults say they prefer not to get their eyes checked as they don’t want to start wearing glasses.

Given that 15% of patients have eye problems which get diagnosed too late to treat due to them not having eye tests regularly enough, it’s vital that more people become aware of the importance of eye tests. It’s therefore great to see that Google are raising the profile of eye testing today.

What can I do if I’m worried about my eye health?

When it comes to visual health, many people put off getting treatment, but it’s important to address any problems as soon as possible to avoid them becoming worse in the long term.

With such great technology available these days, there really is no reason to put up with poor vision. Here at Optegra, we offer three different methods of laser eye surgery, aimed at helping every patient achieve the best possible vision. We also offer a variety of other treatments, including cataract surgery and lens replacement, along with surgery for medical conditions such as glaucoma and floaters.

If you’ve got concerns about your visual health, we’d love to help. The first step is to come in and see us for a free consultation. One of our expert ophthalmic surgeons will carry out a range of eye tests, and will recommend the best treatment option for you. Alternatively, come along to an open evening to find out more and ask any questions you may have. 


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