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An eye test can help detect conditions like diabetes

04 July, 2016
Specsavers in Maidenhead is raising awareness of the importance of regular eye health checks

We all know only too well how hard it is to say no to that extra piece of cake, but do we actually pay attention to the impact our sweet tooth could have on our health?

Help to detect diabetes

Many people don’t think about the dangers weight gain can have on their health – being overweight can increase the risk of someone developing a number of serious diseases, including diabetes. Specsavers Maidenhead store director Helen Brooke explains here how having regular sight checks can help detect and manage diabetes.

Diabetes and eyesight 

Helen said: ‘Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease which has been linked to an unhealthy diet. Many people fail to realise how vulnerable their sight becomes if they are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but around 40 per cent of the four million people in the UK living with the condition have some degree of optical damage, known as retinopathy.

‘If retinopathy is detected and treated early, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases. The team in Maidenhead uses a digital retinal camera to take a photograph of the back of the eye, which allows us to monitor the slightest of changes.

‘An eye examination can detect signs of diabetes in people who don’t even realise they have it, which is why we are encouraging everyone to have an eye test at least every two years.’

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