Putting Vision Loss into Focus

Saturday November 14 is World Diabetes Day, and all Specsavers Opticas stores are offering free eye tests to raise awareness of the importance of regular examinations in detecting non-eye related conditions such as diabetes and providing information about the link between diabetes and the eyes.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 9 per cent of the world’s adult population has diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. If early symptoms of diabetes are left undetected or not managed effectively, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. One percent of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes. However, if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.

Amrik Sappal, store director at Specsavers in Fuengirola, says: ‘Eye exams do more than just test your vision. By examining the back of your eyes an optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They will sometimes spot signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, and refer you to a specialist.In addition to free eye tests, Specsavers Opticas stores work with their local diabetes associations to help provide free diabetes screening and information, so look out for your nearest screening events for World Diabetes Day.’

Sufferers of diabetes can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, meaning it is not unusual for people to be already suffering from complications when it is first diagnosed. In fact an eye test at Specsavers can be the first indicator of the disease that directs the person to a specialist for testing.

There are Specsavers stores in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. For more information or to book an eye examination at your nearest Specsavers visit www.specsavers.es

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