Specsavers in Brownhills is putting diabetes firmly on the health agenda as it announces its diabetic screening clinics.

Diabetic screening is now offered in store and is an important annual check for the early signs of diabetic retinopathy. The condition is a potential complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the retina. As the early stages of diabetic retinopathy can have no symptoms, regular testing is key to identifying it early which in turn is vital in preventing vision loss.

A word from the store director

Store director, Justine Page, said: ‘We’re passionate about eye health at Brownhills and are pleased to be able to offer this new service. Our recent apprentice, Kurtis Daniels, has passed the assessments for the diabetic screening, which allows us to offer the checks as part of regular eye tests.

‘Many of our customers who suffer from diabetes were coming to us for their eye tests but had to go elsewhere for the screening. We can now offer both services at the same appointment, making things simpler for our customers.’

Importance of regular screening

Kurtis said: ‘Regular screening can help us to detect the early signs of the complication. We use drops to dilate the pupils and then take high definition photographs of the back of the eye so that we can keep a close watch on the blood vessels there.’

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