World diabetes day will help raise awareness

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Free diabetes screening on Saturday November 14.

TO mark World Diabetes Day, all Specsavers Opticas stores will be offering free eye tests to raise awareness of the importance of regular examinations in detecting non-eye related conditions such as diabetes and providing information about the link between diabetes and the eyes. 

To further support the cause, Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja is collaborating with the Torrevieja Diabetes Association for a free diabetes screening event opposite Torrevieja Casino on World Diabetes Day, Saturday November 14, from 10am-2pm. This is open to all and totally free of charge. 

During the event, qualified nurses will be conducting a simple finger prick test to detect the signs of diabetes. Results will be given immediately and if positive, patients will be referred for medical advice. 

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In the afternoon there will be free talks about all aspects of diabetes and throughout the day Specsavers will be on hand to offer advice and support regarding diabetes and vision. 

According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 9 per cent of the world’s adult population has diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. If early symptoms of diabetes are left undetected or not managed effectively, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. 

One per cent of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes. However, if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.

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