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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Focus on eyes on World Diabetes Day

Date posted: 14 November 2013

Thursday 14 November is World Diabetes Day and this year the Fred Hollows Foundation are focussed on ending diabetes related avoidable blindness.

Fluctuating blood sugar levels can damage the retina causing blurred or distorted vision, and a potential loss of sight if untreated - a condition called diabetic retinopathy.

Brian Doolan, CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation says that 'By 2030, diabetes could become the leading cause of blindness.' 

He further adds 'Urgent action is needed to help people avoid blindness from diabetic retinopathy through access to a sight-saving annual eye examination.

Source: Fred Hollows Foundation


Last updated: 14 November 2013
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