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Diabetics urged to get eye tests


Friday September 9th 2011

A charity is urging diabetes sufferers to make sure they get regular eye check-ups, with figures showing half a million people are at risk of blindness because they miss out on proper tests.

Charity Diabetes UK highlighted data for England showing there are still a significant number of people who face the risk of vision loss although the numbers have fallen from around 750,000 three years ago.

Annual checks called retinal screening form an essential part of diabetes care. The test looks for potential damage to the eye from a complication called diabetes retinopathy - which is the number one cause of blindness among people of working age.

Diabetes UK has listed 15 important services to help people manage the condition and is urging people to make sure they have access to these.

"The 15 measures will help ensure people with diabetes are getting the care they need, and if they're not, Diabetes UK wants people to use the checklist and ask for the standards of care that have been recommended by expert bodies and patients across the UK," the charity's chief executive Barbara Young said.

Around 2.8 million people across the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes. A further 850,000 are believed to be living with Type 2 diabetes unknowingly.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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