The team in Taunton is supporting Diabetes Awareness Week (12-18 June) by encouraging locals to book in for an eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight.

Detection and treatment

There are 3.9m known diabetes sufferers in Britain. Around 30 per cent of diabetics will develop some sort of diabetic retinopathy, but if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.

First Indicator

Emma Denham, store director, said: ‘Eye examinations don’t just test your vision. An optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma from a retinal examination. Diabetes is another condition that they can also detect signs of.’

‘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.’

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