18.11.2015

Eye tests "the most important things" for diabetes patients

Eye tests "the most important things" for diabetes patients

Having an eye test is one of the most important things that people with diabetes can do, according to one expert on the subject

Dr David Buckle, medical director at NHS Berkshire West, said it is vital that people suffering from the condition have their eyes regularly tested to check for diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness if left untreated.

The expert pointed out that simple yearly screening can not only determine if someone with diabetes is developing retinopathy but, if caught early, treatment can prevent severe vision loss in 90 per cent of cases.

He explained: "As a GP, many of my patients with diabetes can still see, simply because they had early treatment thanks to the eye screening programme."

His comments followed the launch of a NHS video explaining the importance of regular eye testing to diabetes sufferers and how people must attend regular appointments to maintain their health.

by Adrian Galbreth


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