To raise awareness about diabetes and blindness and help the community, Specsavers Opticas Santa Ponça is joining forces with the Calvia Lions Club to hold another diabetes testing event on Saturday 19 September from 10:00 to 13:00. This is open to all and totally free of charge. During the events, a qualified nurse will be conducting a simple finger prick test to detect the signs of diabetes and an appointment is not necessary. Results will be given immediately and if positive, patients will be referred for medical advice.

This type of screening can detect pre-diabetes and diabetes, a condition with over 170 million sufferers worldwide. One of the side-effects of diabetes is Diabetic Retinopathy, a condition which affects vision when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged by the changes in blood sugar levels. This leads to blurry vision which can often come and go throughout the day.

If untreated, the condition can become more serious, resulting in the network of blood vessels which supply the retina suffering permanent damage. This can result in irreversible vision loss. In order to avoid problems with sight, it is important that blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are controlled.

Not all diabetes causes sight loss, but it is important to have regular screenings and eye tests so that any problems or changes can be monitored. Most complications can be treated; however it is vital that they are detected early. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored.

Calvia Lions Club and Specsavers are committed to ending avoidable blindness and have joined forces to offer these free screenings. Please come along on the day if you would like this free screening test. The Specsavers Santa Ponça store is located on Avda Rei Jaume 1, 117, Locales 14 y 15, Santa Ponça, 07180, Mallorca, please call 871 964331 for more information. If you would like to know more about Lions and how you can join, please contact elkinson@telefonica.net

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