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Focus on eye health and diabetes in the Kimberley

Date posted: 29 May 2014

Health experts are meeting in Broome today, 29 May 2014, to discuss how to prevent blindness in a growing number of people with diabetes.

The region's remote Aboriginal communities take part in a retinal screening program, which involves taking a photo of the back of the eye to examine the effects of diabetes.

It is recommended Indigenous people have retinal screening every year.

Ophthalmologist, Angus Turner, says today's Eye health conference is the first to be held in the region in 10 years.

'It's good to have a meeting like this in the Kimberley, because the Kimberley has a long history of screening for diabetes with cameras and sending the photos away to get graded to see if there are any changes from diabetes in the eye, because you can prevent blindness by finding problems in the eye early and actually treating it,' he said.

Source: ABC online Indigenous news


Last updated: 29 May 2014
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