Sight support for diabetes patients
A support group meeting, run by staff from the eye department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, is being held on Thursday 17 September, from 10am to 12noon in the Diabetes Centre for patients and their relatives affected by eye disease caused by diabetes.
The Worcestershire Diabetic Eye Disease Support Group aims to raise awareness of Diabetic Eye Disease and offer support and information to everyone.
Consultant Mrs Jasbir Chhina will be leading the group, discussing the benefits of registering as sight impaired.
Patients and relatives are invited to come along, join in the informal gathering and discuss their experiences.
Diabetes is a common life-long condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high as the body cannot use it properly.
Persistent high levels of glucose can lead to damage in your eyes.
Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina (the ‘seeing’ part at the back of the eye) and is a complication that can affect anyone who has diabetes.
Mrs Jasbir Chhina said: “Retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness among people of working age in the UK. It is important to understand what it is, how it is treated, what can be done to reduce the risk of developing it and what positive actions you can take.”
The next meeting of the support group is taking place on 17 September 2015 from 10am to 12noon in the Diabetes Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, WR5 1DD.
Refreshments will be provided.