Ahead of World Diabetes Day next Thursday, 14 November, the Specsavers Ópticas stores are encouraging customers to learn if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes through a free online assessment by the International Diabetes Federation (visit www.worlddiabetesday.org to do the assessment). They are also highlighting the importance of eye tests in helping to detect the condition.
According to the federation, out of the 425 million adults suffering from diabetes worldwide, one in three has diabetic retinopathy and one in 10 will develop a vision-threatening form of the disease. As there are 3.5 million people with diabetes in Spain, 350,000 people could be at risk of losing their vision due to diabetes. However, by catching it early and managing it well, you can largely prevent vision loss from diabetes.
Throughout November, Specsavers Ópticas are offering free eye tests and eye-health information for diabetes sufferers (and those at risk of developing it) in store. What's more, Specsavers in Fuengirola is organising a free event (in Spanish) entitled How Diabetes Affects the Eyes on 12 November.
Amrik Sappal from Specsavers Ópticas in Fuengirola explains, "Diabetic retinopathy is a condition which affects some diabetics after a number of years, depending on how well their blood sugar levels are controlled. It is important for diabetics to have their eyes tested every one to two years, because the early stages of retinopathy might not result in any symptoms, but an optometrist can detect any changes so that treatment can be given as soon as the problem arises."
To attend the event, places need to be reserved by sending an email to email@example.com.