Eye screening on the shopping list for diabetics

DIABETIC people in Boston are being urged to head along to Tesco to learn more about the importance of eye screening in the fight against diabetic retinopathy.

Staff from United Lincolnshire Hopsitals NHS Trust will be at the store from 1pm tomorrow to raise awareness of screening and push the message about how important it is for detecting the condition, which does not have symptoms.

The promotion is taking place as part of National Eye Week.

Joint DESP Programme Manager for Lincolnshire, Vanessa O’Mahony, said: “Early diagnosis enables options of laser treatment, reviewing the management of individuals diabetes, or support from health care professionals.

“The screening service offers annual screening to diabetic patients over the age of 12 with the aim of early identification and prevention of retinopathy.

“The DESP Lincolnshire team work around the county using five vans equipped with mobile cameras in addition to three static cameras at Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals in order to offer this essential screening.”