Portsmouth diabetics urged to have eye test

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YOUNG diabetics are being encouraged to get their eyes tested to help reduce the risk of going blind.

The St Mary’s Treatment Centre in Milton Road, Milton, offers free annual retinopathy check-ups to all diabetic patients over the age of 12.

Although the site has seen a 50 per cent increase in screened patients, doctors say 22 per cent of young people are skipping vital check-ups.

Retinopathy causes damage to the blood vessels next to the retina, and can lead to blindness.

It is also more common for Type 1 sufferers.

Free annual screening is done by taking digital photographs of the eye, which are examined by experts for possible sight-threatening changes that develop owing to diabetes.

For more information visit stmarystreatmentcentre.nhs.uk.