Specsavers in Wolverhampton is encouraging locals with diabetes or those at risk of the disease to attend a dedicated screening clinic.
Specsavers in the Wulfrun Centre is offering a dedicated clinic, run by optical assistant, Rosy Gwilt, who is qualified in Diabetic Retinal Screening (DRS).
Those suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes can attend free screenings at the store - a key part of diabetes care.
About the condition
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 to enable treatment to begin.
Here to help
‘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,’ says Hardip Bahia, store director at Specsavers in Wolverhampton.
‘Rosy is qualified in the screening service and also to offer advice to those suffering from the disease. We would like to encourage all those with the condition to take advantage of the clinic, as a crucial part of the management of their condition.’