Eye check-up is a must

Hamilton Advertiser - - HAMILTON VIEW -

Dear ed­i­tor

Na­tional Eye Health Week runs next week from Septem­ber18 – 24.

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.

Di­a­betic retinopa­thy 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 you get at your op­ti­cians), this con­di­tion can be treated to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age.

There are over 38,000 peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes in La­nark­shire. 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.

If you’re liv­ing with di­a­betes, please make sure you at­tend your retinopa­thy screen­ing ap­point­ment. Ne­glect­ing this could cost you your sight.

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