Vision Care marks “World Diabetes Day” with emphasis on regular eye testing

Vision Care, Sri Lanka’s largest vision and eye wear solutions provider, is marking World Diabetes Day by bringing attention to the importance of regular eye testing to avoid various eye complications caused by diabetes and safeguard one’s existing vision.

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2022 is Access to Diabetes Care. Diabetes increases a person’s risk of developing a number of serious health conditions. It often results in serious diseases that affect the cardiovascular system, the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, and the teeth as a result of consistently high blood glucose levels. A leading cause of vision loss among adults is diabetic retinopathy, which is the most common diabetic eye disease. Vision Care aims to raise awareness of this leading cause of blindness on this World Diabetes Day. Diabetic retinopathy occurs due to chronic hyperglycemia (high blood glucose).

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is one of the most common causes of vision loss in people with diabetic retinopathy. Health conditions such as high blood sugar and high blood pressure increase the risk of blindness for people with DME. Diabetes is also one of the risk factors that lead to cataracts, glaucoma and dry eyes. Cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of a person’s eye, glaucoma is the eye condition where abnormally high pressure in a person’s eyes damages the optic nerve, while dry eye conditions can result in mild or occasionally severe symptoms.

Vision Care offers Diabetic Retinopathy Assessment which helps to identify several complications and includes Refraction test, eye pressure test, fundus photography, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) eye test and visual field test. The assessment is carried out by Vision Care’s well-trained and highly-experienced optometry professionals using state-of-the-art equipment available at select branches. On completion of this assessment, based on the results, Vision Care can provide the patient with prescription glasses, contact lenses or sunglasses and also direct the patient to an Ophthalmologist for further treatment, if required. Regular diabetic retinopathy assessments are important so that patients are aware of the condition of their eyes. Early detection allows the patient to take necessary precautions and treatments to protect their eyes.

Vision Care has pioneered the technological revolution in eye care in Sri Lanka with high quality eye examination with diagnostic tests, spectacles, sunglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and hearing testing. It has also led the way in introducing the best range of eyewear brands recognised globally to the local market. High quality optical and ophthalmic products are available at all Vision Care outlets