Di­a­betes poses dan­ger to sight

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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