On Saturday the 11 April there will be a free diabetes screening event held at Specsavers Opticas in Santa Ponça from 10am to 1:00pm, to detect the signs of diabetes with a simple finger prick test. A nurse will be conducting the screening and the results will be given there and then. If the results are positive, patients will be referred to the doctor to get the correct treatment and 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 and Specsavers have joined forces to offer this free screening, in collaboration with ADIBA (Asociación de Personas con Diabetes de les Illes Balears). 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.

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