To mark Diabetes Awareness Week this June, the Bolton and Middlebrook teams lent their support by encouraging residents to book in for an eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight. 

Former Westhoughton Mayor Linda Winrow-Baker visited the Specsavers Middlebrook store for an eye test and joined the team in urging locals to have regular tests and help boost the number of cases caught early.

Lending her support
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.

Cllr Winrow-Baker said: ‘I was delighted to join the Specsavers team today to support Diabetes Awareness Week. We can never do enough to encourage people to take proper care of their eyes and their health. The numbers speak for themselves so I would urge everyone to ensure they have regular eye tests, as I do.’

Protect your vision
Kevin Juste, store manager at Specsavers in Middlebrook, added: ‘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.

‘We’re delighted Linda was able to join us and hope that her support will encourage more and more people to have regular tests.’

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