Vision Care offers free eye check-up week to mark World Diabetes Day

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Vision Care is offering a free basic eye check-up for a week from 14 November to 21 November 2019 to commemorate World Diabetes Day under this year’s theme ‘The Family and Diabetes’. 

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems. Consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. On World Diabetes Day, Vision Care strives to highlight that one-third of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic retinopathy, which is a leading cause of vision loss in working adults. Diabetic retinopathy occurs as a direct result of chronic hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose), causing damage to retinal capillaries, leading to capillary leakage and blockage, eventually leading to loss of vision and blindness.

Vision Care Academy Head of Vidya Jayarathne said: “At Vision Care, we believe it is our responsibility as the trusted brand in eye care to raise awareness of the direct link between diabetes and eye problems. As diabetes becomes more prevalent so do associated complications such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, loss of focusing ability and double vision. However, regular eye check-ups ensure any problems with eye health can be better managed and controlled. Considering the rising incidence of diabetes in Sri Lanka, Vision Care is encouraging every family member to take advantage of the offer of a free eye check-up by visiting any of our Vision Care branches, during the week from 14 November to 21 November only.”

“We believe that this free eye testing week on the occasion of World Diabetes Day will highlight the link between eye health and diabetes for those who were unaware of this and make people more conscious about ensuring regular eye check-ups to maintain optimal eye health,” Jayarathne added.