One of 80 opticians
Specsavers at 2-4 Greenwood Way in Chelmsley Wood is one of 80 opticians which have been subcontracted by the HEFT to provide diabetic retinal screening. The store helps more than 800 people with diabetes to manage their eye care more effectively every year.
Blindness can be prevented in 90% of cases
Sukhi Drake, optometrist and store director at Specsavers Chelmlsey Wood said: ‘It’s vital that people are diagnosed as soon as possible to help reduce their risk of developing complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working-age population – but if conditions are diagnosed and managed in time then blindness can be prevented in 90 percent of cases.
‘A simple eye test can help with diagnosis, so we would like to encourage all local residents to make sure they have regular eye examinations and annual diabetic eye screening to help with early detection.’
Free digital retinal screening service
Specsavers and all accredited optometrists working for the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country Diabetic Eye Screening Programme offer free digital retinal screening service to all people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Specsavers Chelmsley Wood also offers a free digital retinal screening service to customers when it’s appropriate, enabling the detection and monitoring of a number of other non-diabetes related conditions including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Symptoms of Diabetes
If you have signs of diabetes, Diabetes UK recommends that you visit your GP for a simple blood test which can diagnose the condition. The symptoms of diabetes include going to the toilet (urinating) more often and especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, slow healing of cuts and wounds and blurred vision.