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World Diabetes Day puts vision loss into focus

29 October, 2014
Specsavers in Long Eaton show its support for World Diabetes Day

Specsavers in Long Eaton will show its support for World Diabetes Day (Friday 14 November) by encouraging residents to book in for a free eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight.   

The team at Specsavers will offer free eye tests to raise awareness of the importance of regular examinations in detecting non-eye related conditions such as diabetes.  For each eye examination carried out on the day, the store will donate £1 to Diabetes UK.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working-age population. Collectively Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes affect 3.2 million people in the UK and around 30% will develop some sort of diabetic retinopathy. If early symptoms of diabetes are left undetected or not managed effectively, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. However, if diabetic retinopathy is detected early through an eye examination and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90% of cases.

Krishna Parmar store director at Long Eaton Specsavers said: ‘Eye exams do more than just test your vision. By examining your retina an optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They will sometimes spot signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, and advise you to see your GP.’

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 that directs the person to their GP for testing.

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