Staff in St Austell are supporting Diabetes Awareness Week (12-18 June) by encouraging residents to book in for an eye examination.
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. Eye examinations can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight in 90 per cent of cases if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated.
More than meets the eye
Eric Barkhuysen, store director, said: ‘Eye examinations do more than just test your vision. They can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma, as well as signs of many other conditions, such as diabetes.’
‘Sufferers of diabetes can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, so diabetic retinopathy, a complication of the disease, may be the first indicator of the disease.’