During Diabetes Awareness Week (12-18 June), staff in Brixham are encouraging residents to book in for an eye examination, which can detect the condition and help save diabetics’ sight.

Detection and treatment

There are almost four million known diabetes sufferers in Britain, around 12 per cent of whom are unaware they have the condition. Diabetes is a risk factor for blindness. However, if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.

Indicators of disease

Chibuzor Rogers-Uwadi, store director, said: ‘During an eye examination an optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They can also detect signs of many other conditions, such as diabetes.’

‘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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