Get eyes tested for National Diabetes Awareness Week

Australians are urged to get their eyes tested this National Diabetes Awareness Week (July 11-17).

As diabetes continues to grow as the fastest growing chronic health condition in the nation, optical provider OPSM is urging Australians to get their eyes tested.

There are 1.4 million Australians living with diabetes, with 85 per cent living with Type 2. Regular eye checks, using digital retinal scanning is one way to detect signs of diabetes, such as diabetic retinopathy, before it can cause ongoing and long-term damage.

With 500,000 people estimated to be living undiagnosed with diabetes in Australia, optometrist Elizabeth Kodari says it is important to attend regular eye check-ups.

“Many Australians aren’t aware of the link between diabetes and their eye health and that is why we’re urging local residents to go and get their eyes tested as part of National Diabetes Awareness Week,” she said.

“At OPSM, our ultra-wide digital retinal scanners provide a 200-degree view of the back of the eye, allowing us to view 80 per cent of the retina. This helps us to identify early signs of eye health concerns, including diabetic retinopathy.”

OPSM Eyecare and Community Director Peter Murphy said regular eye examinations could help ensure a wide range of health concerns were identified early.

“If you are a person living with diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing eye health issues…which has the potential to cause severe vision loss, or even blindness. Regular eye exams can in fact help identify early symptoms of a wide range of health concerns, often leading to awareness, treatment and prevention of problems,” Mr Murphy said.

“We recommend adults should visit their optometrist at least once every 24 months to ensure their eyes and health remain in top condition.”

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