Eye tests for Diabetes week

OPSM is calling on everyone to get their eyes tested for National Diabetes Awareness Week. Photo: Shutterstock
OPSM is calling on everyone to get their eyes tested for National Diabetes Awareness Week. Photo: Shutterstock

With this week being National Diabetes Awareness Week, OPSM is calling on everyone to get their eyes tested.

More than 1.1 million people around the country have been diagnosed with diabetes, while according to statistics from Diabetes WA, it is estimated that there are an estimated 500,000 undiagnosed diabetics in Australia.

It is expected that number will reach 2 million by 2025 and 3.3 million by 2031.

OPSM Collie store manager Leanne Waywood said most people weren’t aware of the connection between diabetes and eye sight.

“We are calling for residents to both visit their GP and get their eyes tested as part of National Diabetes Awareness Week,” she said.

“At OPSM, we have invested in ultra-wide digital retinal cameras which offer a 200 degree view of the retina, which can assist us to detect diabetic retinopathy.”