World Sight Day

If you have diabetes a simple diabetic retinal screen can detect any changes in your eyes before it is too late.

Word sight day is on 12th October, and the Head of the National Screening Programme Charles O’ Hanlon advised anyone living with diabetes in Ireland aged 12 years and over to make sure they are registered for free retinal screening with Diabetic RetinaScreen - The HSE National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.

Register today by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or online at www.diabeticretinascreen.ie . If you have received an invitation, please avail of this important, free, regular screening.

The Diabetic RetinaScreen programme is Government-funded and offers free, annual screening and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes, to people with diabetes in the eligible age range.

The theme for World sight Day 2017, is ‘Make vision count’. The Diabetic RetinaScreen programme encourages you to have a clear vision for your future and is therefore highlighting the availability of this important service to all diabetics in Ireland. The Programme endeavours to raise awareness of the effects of diabetic retinopathy for those whose condition develops undetected.

Clinical Director for Diabetic RetinaScreen, Mr David Keegan, urged people to “Make time on World Sight Day to look after your sight. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms and may not affect your sight until the condition is at an advanced stage. Regular eye screening, using specialised digital photography can save your sight”.

Mr Keegan added that “any recommended follow-up investigation or treatment of diabetic retinopathy will be fully quality assured and provided free of charge as part of the programme.”

The objective of Diabetic RetinaScreen is to reduce the risk of sight loss from diabetic retinopathy. At present, it is estimated that there are approx. 200,000 people living with diabetes in Ireland and 10 per cent of those are at risk of sight threatening retinopathy. The eye condition, one of the leading causes of blindness in the working age population of Ireland, can be largely treatable if detected early through regular screening.

Information is available at www.diabeticretinascreen.ie. Alternatively, you can contact the Programme by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 available 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. If you are on the register, you will be invited by letter to attend a free screening at a local screening centre.

Last updated on: 12 / 10 / 2017