A SUTTON opticians is encouraging local residents to have an eye examination during National Diabetes Week (12 – 18 June), in support of leading health charity Diabetes UK.
Specsavers, located in the Idlewells Shopping Centre, is aiming to help reduce the risk of blindness in an estimated 850,000 people across the UK who may have Type 2 diabetes but are unaware of it.
Diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including blindness, if not diagnosed in time or managed effectively. Sufferers can remain undiagnosed for up to ten years, meaning 50 per cent of people will have developed a complication by the time the condition is spotted.
Store director Nigel Davidson, said: “Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working-age population. People with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to go blind than someone without the condition, due to a form of optical damage known as diabetic retinopathy.
“However, if retinopathy is detected early through an eye examination and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases. This is one of the reasons why we recommend an eye examination every two years.’
Pav Kalsi, clinical advisor at national health charity Diabetes UK added: “It is vital that people are diagnosed as soon as possible to help reduce their risk of developing complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness or needing amputation. A simple eye test can help with diagnosis so we’re very grateful to Specsavers for their support.’