This Diabetes Awareness Week (12-18 June), Specsavers in Leigh is lending its support by encouraging residents to book in for an eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight. 

Early detection

There are 3.9m known diabetes sufferers in Britain and at least half a million more that are unaware they have the condition. Around 30 per cent of diabetics will develop some sort of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness. However, if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.

Rumit Patel, store director at Specsavers in Leigh, said: ‘Eye examinations do more than just test your vision. By examining your retina an optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They can also detect signs of many other conditions, such as diabetes.’

Eye tests

‘Sufferers of diabetes can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, meaning it is not unusual for people to be already suffering from complications when it is first diagnosed. In fact an eye test at Specsavers can be the first indicator of the disease.’

*Statistics sourced from: Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) 

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