November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the 14th November is World Diabetes Day.
As people with diabetes know, the condition can affect eye health which is why eye screenings are a regular part of standard diabetes health checks.
But did you also know that an eye test carried out by your optician may actually detect early signs of diabetes?
Do you have diabetes?
If the answer is yes, then you will be aware that you are at increased risk of eye problems. The good news is that early detection via annual comprehensive eye tests may correct the problem or stop it getting worse.
In addition to your regular diabetic eye screenings, we recommend a 3D OCT scan which is a more advanced test enabling us to see all 10 layers of the retina, picking up any changes earlier. We regularly refer diabetic patients back to their eye clinics for further tests, providing a joined-up service.
You don’t have diabetes?
We recommend an eye test at least every 2 years for people over 16, and every year for under 16s. Or if you notice any changes to your vision, please book in with us as soon as you can for an eye test. Our advanced eye tests can detect changes that might indicate diabetes.
If you are concerned that you may have diabetes, please book an appointment with your GP as soon possible.
To book an eye test, please call us on 020 8759 9395 to make your appointment or discuss any concerns you may have. Alternatively, you can book online.
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