An opticians in Arnold is urging people to get their eyes checked regularly to help detect the early signs of diabetes – a condition that can cause severe damage to the body if left untreated.
Experts at Specsavers on Front Street say those suffering with diabetes are up to 20 times more likely to lose their sight than those without the condition. However, only one in five adults are aware that their optician can detect the signs.
That is why, this Diabetes Awareness Week (June 10-16), Specsavers in Arnold is highlighting the importance of having regular eye tests.
Vineet Nehra, store director from Specsavers in Arnold, said: ‘An estimated 1 million people in the UK are living with diabetes without even realising it – meaning they’re at huge risk of developing serious eye health complications and even sight loss.
‘Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health conditions today – fuelled by record levels of obesity, excessive sugar consumption and sedentary lifestyles. If we continue to turn a blind eye to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as a result, we can only expect to see the number of undiagnosed cases escalate.’
A complication of diabetes is diabetic
retinopathy where high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the
back of the eye. If left untreated it can cause blindness.