If you have diabetes, you may well already know that it can affect your eyes.

But the team at Specsavers Hailsham, in The Quintins, are keen to stress just how important keeping an eye on your visual health can be in protecting your sight.

Risk factors

Badrinath Mohandas, store director at Specsavers Hailsham, said: ‘If you have either form of diabetes, you are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy.

‘That risk increases the longer you have had diabetes, or if your blood glucose level is persistently high, but there are other factors which might put you at increased risk also.

Regular screening

‘You probably will not realise for some time that your diabetes is affecting your eyes, so making sure you attend your annual screening appointment is vital – alongside getting regular eye tests to check the general health of your eyes.

Controlling your diabetes

‘Diabetic retinopathy can cause sight loss and even blindness, but you can do your utmost to keep it at bay by properly managing your diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control is vital in protecting your sight.’

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