Focusing on diabetes
To mark World Diabetes Day (14 November), members of staff from Specsavers in Chelmsley Wood are highlighting their expertise in store which enables them to cater for diabetic patients.
Team members Amie Hipkiss, Emma Dunn, Abby Carter and Paige Furlong are fully trained to offer customers diabetic screening, which is an important part of managing the disease.
Those with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, which damages the eyes and can lead to sight loss if left untreated.
In its early stages, the condition often goes undetected as it does not usually have any noticeable symptoms.
However, eye screening can detect the condition before you notice any changes to your vision, and can be managed to prevent it getting any worse.
The team at Specsavers in Chelmsley Wood are able to offer screening free of charge on behalf of the NHS.
The check takes about 30 minutes and involves examining the eyes and taking photographs of the retina to assess its health. The team can advise you whether you would benefit from further assessment.
'Committed to providing the best service'
Store director, Sukhi Drake, explained: ‘We are committed to providing the best possible service to all of our customers, so we’re delighted to say that we have team members who are equipped to support everyone. We want our customers to feel comfortable in store and to know that their needs will be met.
‘Diabetes requires ongoing management, and we are here for our diabetic customers, to support them and ensure that they have the best possible care.’