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21 June 2007

Stevenson Welcomes Campaign To Urge Diabetics To Take Care Of Eyes

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a new campaign launched by Health Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon aimed at encouraging diabetics to take up free regular sight tests.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among people of working age and the campaign by Diabetes UK Scotland and RNIB aims to raise awareness of the importance of annual screening. Figures show that of the 173,000 people with diabetes in Scotland, 55,000 have not been screened for the eye condition in the past 15 months.

Commenting Mr. Stevenson said;

"Diabetes is a condition which affects many people in Banff & Buchan and thousands across Scotland and can have a debilitating effect on lives if not treated properly.

"It is very important that people with diabetes manage their condition properly and regular screening for diabetic retinopathy is an essential part of this.

"I hope that this campaign will raise awareness of the excellent care and screening programmes available for people living with diabetes and in turn reduce the number of people losing their sight needlessly."


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