Residents are being encouraged to book an eye examination as part of Diabetes Awareness Week.
Specsavers in St Helens is lending its support to the campaign to encourage people to get their eyes tested as it can detect the condition and help save a diabetics’ sight.
There are 3.9m known diabetes sufferers in Britain and at least half a million more that are unaware they have the condition.
Around 30 per cent of diabetics will develop some sort of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness, but if diabetic retinopathy is detected early and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.
Andrew Dagnall, store director at Specsavers in St Helens, said: “Eye examinations do more than just test your vision. By examining your retina an optometrist can detect eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
“They can also detect signs of many other conditions, such as diabetes.
“Sufferers of diabetes can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, meaning it is not unusual for people to be already suffering from complications when it is first diagnosed. In fact an eye test at Specsavers can be the first indicator of the disease.”
For more information call the St Helens store on 01744 453665 or go to specsavers.co.uk/stores/sthelens.