To mark Diabetes Awareness Week (12-18 June), Specsavers in Blackburn lent its support by encouraging residents to book in for an eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight.
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.
More than just an eye test
Stuart Ingleby, store director at Specsavers in Blackburn, 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.’
‘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.’