Regular eye tests can help diabetics
Specsavers in Winsford is raising awareness about how eye examinations can help manage diabetes, the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working age population.
Winsford store advises regular eye tests
Peter Adshead, store director at the Winsford store, says: ‘Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are life-long conditions that if not managed properly can lead to heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and blindness.
‘Diabetes affects the eye in a number of ways; the unusual changes in blood sugar levels seen in diabetics can affect the lens inside the eye leading to blurred vision. This can lead to cataracts if undetected.
‘Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing retinal problems so we recommend that anyone with the condition has their eyes tested every two years. Anyone with diabetes should also be offered a yearly check-up through the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.'
Early detection and treatment
People with diabetes are 20 times more at risk of going blind than someone without the condition. Regular eye examinations can prevent eye damage associated with diabetes as early detection and treatment prevents sight loss.
All Specsavers optometrists are trained to spot the signs of diabetes during a regular eye examination. Eye tests are free via the NHS to the over 60s and those under 19 in full-time education, as well as to people already diagnosed with diabetes.