News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Diabetes Blinds New Zealanders Unnecessarily

PRESS RELEASE


Diabetes Blinds New Zealanders Unnecessarily


The New Zealand Save Sight Society, a group of Eye Specialists and Optometrists, is running a campaign to encourage people with diabetes to have their eyes checked.

Diabetes is the commonest preventable cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 60. In most people this can be prevented by regular eye checks. Free eye checks are available throughout New Zealand as part of the ‘Get Checked’ campaign. General Practitioners can arrange these eye tests, which normally involves taking special photographs of the back of the eye.

In New Zealand there are 115,000 people with known diabetes. It is estimated there are at least that number again with diabetes, but in whom it has not yet been diagnosed. Health practitioners are alarmed that the prevalence of diabetes is predicted to double over the next 20 years. Diabetes is 3 times more common in Maori and Pacific peoples compared to the European population.

One in eight patients with diabetes in New Zealand will lose some sight.
In most cases this loss of vision can be prevented by better control of the diabetes with diet, physical activity and medical treatment, regular eye checks, and if necessary laser treatment
The laser treatment [see attachment] is a relatively simple outpatient procedure usually done by using local anaesthetic drops and shining a laser light onto the retina, (which is the light sensitive film at the back of the eye).

Currently only 60% of people with diabetes go to their General Practitioner to have a free eye examination.
“Diabetes is becoming a number one health problem in New Zealand and if left untreated can be disastrous for the patient. Blindness is just one of the tragic effects of this disease and it can be prevented,” says Dr Paul Herrick, chair of The Save Sight Society.

Save Sight has produced a poster [attached] showing what a devastating effect untreated diabetic eye disease can have on vision.

The Save Sight Society wishes to thank, The Royal NZ College of General Practitioners, the NZ Association of Optometrists, the Pharmacy Guild of NZ and Diabetes NZ for distributing this poster

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news