Diabetics urged to take up sight tests

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MORE people are being urged to attend vital eye exams after health bosses revealed that one in four diabetics aged over 12 are missing out on sight-saving appointments.

In Derbyshire the number of cases of diabetes in the over 12s has risen from around 21,000 in 2000 to 50,000 in 2012.

Now NHS Derbyshire County is calling on all sufferers to take up their annual eye screening care check to detect diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the eye – which is the most common cause of blindness in people of working age.

Anyone wishing to find out more about diabetic eye screening in Derbyshire can contact Lorraine Tunbridge on 01629 533833. Appointments for eye screening be made through the eye screening appointment booking team on 01332 254977.

Further information can be found at http://diabeticeye.screening.nhs.uk/.