26.05.2009

Diabetic eye screening gets good turnout

Diabetic eye screening gets good turnout

By Martin Burns

A high majority of people invited to a diabetics" eye screening event turned up, according to a report.

The Yeovil Express said that nearly 90 per cent of diabetic people who had been asked to attend the Somerset-based screening did so.

More than 14,000 people were screened last year by the Somerset Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service.

Tina Clark of Somerset Community Health warned that retinopathy can cost people their sight if it is not treated.

She also said that it is a "very high risk strategy" not to have one"s eyes screened annually.

Earlier this month, Diabetes UK warned that more than half a million diabetic people in England are not getting retinopathy screening.

Director of care, information and advocacy services at Diabetes UK, Simon O"Neill, said that primary care trusts needed to be sure that they were getting invitations to all eligible diabetics to come for retinopathy screening.

by Alexa Kaczka


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