Letter: National eye health week

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National eye health week runs next week from September 18 to 20.

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.

This disease 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 at an opticians, this condition can be treated to prevent further damage.

There are more than 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.

Don’t lose sight of what’s important.

Jane-Claire Judson,

Diabetes Scotland.

Campbell Chalmers,

RNIB Scotland,