Diabetes poses danger to sight
National Eye Health Week runs next week from September 18 to 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 optician, this condition can be treated to prevent further damage.
There are over 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.
If you’re living with diabetes please make sure you attend your retinopathy screening appointment. Neglecting this could cost you your sight. If you’ve not been invited for screening you should speak to your GP or healthcare team. Campbell Chalmers, RNIB Scotland Jane-Claire Judson, Diabetes Scotland