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DSCF0009Saagar Hirani of Edmonds and Slatter opticians is encouraging the local community in Blaby to have an eye examination and an optomap® scan to mark this year's World Diabetes Day, the 14th of November 2011.There are currently more than 300 million people with diabetes worldwide* and, according to leading charity Diabetes UK, 2.9 million of those live in the UK. What's more, it's estimated that a further 850,000 UK residents have diabetes but are, as yet, unaware of it.**

Diabetes is one of the most important health care issues in the UK and it is estimated that by 2025 over four million people will have the condition. It can prove fatal, or result in devastating complications such as blindness, if not detected in its early stages or treated effectively after diagnosis. Diabetes can also lead to other serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, amputation and kidney failure.

Mr Hirani of Edmonds and Slatter comments: "Sadly, diabetes is on the increase in the UK, as it is worldwide, and people with diabetes are up to 20 times more likely to go blind than people without it, due to a complication known as diabetic retinopathy. However, the good news is, if it is detected in time through an eye examination and subsequently treated; diabetic blindness can be prevented in 90% of cases.

“I would encourage members of public to have an eye exam and in particular to have an optomap® Retinal Scan, the latest in eye care technology, which provides information that can help with the early detection of diabetes and eye related conditions.”

An optomap is the only device currently available on the market that provides an ultra-wide 82% view of the retina in one image - including the all-important periphery for successful diagnostics.

Mr Hirani continues: "The optomap is a quick and pain-free procedure that enables the most comprehensive detection and diagnosis of conditions and diseases such as diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. It can also alert us to other conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration and some forms of cancer.”

World Diabetes Day, run by the International Diabetics Federation, is the leading global awareness campaign and has been created to educate and spread the word about the risks of diabetes to people across the globe.

Mr HIrani concludes: “We'd also like to reassure our patients that with the adequate support and treatment, it is entirely possible to lead a long and complication-free life with diabetes." Pictured: Tim Cole , dispensing optician, having his images captured by Clare Dorman, dispensing assistant.

To book an eye examination and optomap scan call 0116 2777733 or visit www.edmondsandslatter.co.uk.

For more details on World Diabetes Day, visit www.worlddiabetesday.org. Further information about diabetes can be found at www.diabetes.org.uk
* Source: International Diabetes Foundation (online, 2011)
** Source: www.diabetes.org.uk (online, 2011)