Opticians on the look out for diabetes

OPTICIANS in Ilkeston are backing a national drive to diagnose diabetes.

Specsavers, on Bath Street, Ilkeston, is aiming to help reduce the risk of blindness in people who may have type 2 diabetes but are unaware of it.

Krishna Parmar, from the Ilkeston store, said: “Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working-age population. People with diabetes are ten to 20 times more likely to go blind than someone without the condition but if it’s detected early through an eye examination and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases.”