Specsavers in Walsall has become an approved centre for Diabetic Retinal Screening (DRS).
The store has been accredited to offer the screening service, in partnership with the NHS. Those suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes can attend free screenings at the store - a key part of diabetes care.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss among the working age population in the UK. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the retina at the back of the eye which, if left untreated, can lead to sight loss. As symptoms are not always noticeable, screening can detect the condition early on to enable treatment to begin.
'Keen to support those with the condition'
‘With the number of people in the UK with diabetes expected to increase to five million by 2025 , we were keen to see how we can support the NHS and those living with the condition,’ said Andrew Clarke, store director at Specsavers in Walsall.
‘The DRS accreditation enables us to do just that, offering a vital local service for those suffering from diabetes. And, along with our Healthy Living Optician status, means that we are now catering for an even wider range of healthcare and wellbeing needs of our local community.’