Na­tional eye health week

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -


Na­tional eye health week runs next week from Septem­ber 18 to 20.

Di­a­betes Scot­land and RNIB Scot­land are join­ing forces to high­light the sin­gle big­gest cause of pre­ventable sight loss among work­ing-age peo­ple in Scot­land – di­a­betic retinopa­thy.

This dis­ease oc­curs when blood ves­sels in the eye leak or be­come blocked. But if de­tected in time through di­a­betic retinopa­thy screen­ing, which is a spe­cial eye exam dif­fer­ent to the one at an op­ti­cians, this con­di­tion can be treated to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age.

There are more than 291,000 peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes in Scot­land. It is vi­tal that peo­ple with di­a­betes un­der­stand the im­por­tance of get­ting their eyes ex­am­ined reg­u­larly.

Left un­treated, retinopa­thy can lead to per­ma­nent vis­ual im­pair­ment or even blind­ness.

Don’t lose sight of what’s im­por­tant. Jane-Claire Jud­son, Di­a­betes Scot­land. Camp­bell Chalmers, RNIB Scot­land.

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