World Diabetes Day falls on the 14th November every year. It is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it is like to live with the condition…
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes.
With this in mind Specsavers Opticas have send us the below article….
This important awareness day is focusing on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Specsavers Opticas have been working alongside their local diabetic associations for years to offer free diabetes screenings and advice on keeping eyes healthy. They have also invested in the latest technology to ensure their eye tests are also health tests, which can spot the signs of diabetic retinopathy developing.
“Many people don’t realise that diabetes can affect your sight” explains Amrik Sappal from Specsavers Opticas, “but in fact, of the 415 million adults worldwide living with diabetes in 2015, over one third will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy – a complication of diabetes that can lead to vision impairment and blindness. Careful management of diabetes and screening for diabetic eye disease can help prevent visual impairment and blindness. This is why we want to encourage everyone to get themselves screened for diabetes on World Diabetes Day and to get a comprehensive eye test, which includes health checks and technology such as digital retinal photography.”
Specsavers Opticas Marbella on the Costa del Sol now has digital retinal cameras, allowing their opticians to take a detailed picture of the back of the eye. This helps identify changes that might be associated with certain eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy. If necessary, the optician can refer patients directly for further medical examination to the hospital or general practitioner. They believe this technology is so important, that it is included as part of the eye test at no extra charge.
To find out more about World Diabetes Day visit www.worlddiabetesday.org