Eye disease a growing concern

SUNRAYSIA residents could be on the end of a dramatic rise in cases of diabetic eye disease as more people fall victim to diabetes.

Vision Australia Mildura service coordinator Janice Barnes and coordinator of volunteers Debra Pearce with some of the equipment they use for people with eyesight problems.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Vision Australia Mildura service coordinator Janice Barnes and coordinator of volunteers Debra Pearce with some of the equipment they use for people with eyesight problems.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Blindness advocacy group Vision Australia said simple eye checks could help prevent irreversible eye damage caused by diabetes.

Vision Australia Mildura regional manager Paul Warwick said diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes, is a leading cause of the onset of blindness and low vision in Australians of working age.

“About 1.7 million Australians have some form of diabetes and around 500,000 others have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes,” Mr Warwick said.

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