Specsavers in Hampton recently marked World Diabetes Day and as part of this, this store is aiming to grow awareness and educate residents about the condition.

Store director and optometrist Keval Pabari answers some of the most commonly asked questions about diabetes and its overall impact on eye health.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, weight loss, constant tiredness, dry skin, excessive thirst, and numb and tingling fingers. While experiencing any of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, it is worth consulting with your doctor or optician who can give you a proper assessment.

How does diabetes affect my eyesight?

In regards to eyesight, people with diabetes may experience blurry and sudden changes in their vision. High levels of sugar in your bloodstream, caused by a lack of insulin, can lead to blood vessels in your eyes becoming thinner and cause leakages and damage.

This can also lead to blood spots appearing on the retina and cause vision loss if leakages occur near centre, where vision is the most detailed - this is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can also lead to other serious eye conditions as glaucoma and cataracts.

How can an optician help identify diabetes?

While diabetic retinopathy does not present any noticeable symptoms in the early stages of development, we can perform a series of tests during a routine eye test to help spot the signs of diabetes.

Early detection can help patients to control the condition and limit the impact this will have on their eyesight in the future.

If you are concerned about diabetes and would like more information, please book an appointment with the eye care team at Specsavers Hampton today.

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