All in favour of space technology company setting up shop in Hemel Hempstead, say eye!

Dacorum mayor Penny Hearn has her eye scanned.
Dacorum mayor Penny Hearn has her eye scanned.

Creators of innovative eye-testing equipment used by astronauts in the NASA space station have found a new home in Hemel Hempstead.

German-based Heidelberg Engineering has adopted a Grade II-listed Marlowes building for its new UK training facility, which will give ophthalmologists hands-on experience in using the very latest technology in eyecare screening.

At a launch event on Friday, Dacorum mayor Penny Hearn tried out the Spectralis machine – described as the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of eyecare technology – which can pick up early signs of disease including glaucoma before any symptoms manifest themselves.

It is already used in nearby Luton and Dunstable Hospital, with Dacorum opticians showing interest.