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Register for regular diabetes eye checks to prevent blindness

Every person with diabetes is at risk from eye damage and blindness. But most vision loss can be prevented with regular diabetes eye checks, early detection and early treatment.

That’s why Diabetes Australia and the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) are working together to encourage Vietnamese community members living with diabetes to register for regular eye checks.

ECCQ Chronic Disease Program Manager Hong Do said the partnership with Diabetes Australia would help to improve eye health in Southern Brisbane’s Vietnamese community.

“Regular checks are possibly the most important thing people can do to keep their eyes in good health,” Ms Do said.

“Diabetes eye checks can get overlooked easily when there are many other aspects to managing diabetes and health – but the good news is vision loss from diabetes can be prevented if acted on early.

“There’s no need for a referral. Visits to optometrists are generally bulk-billed and diabetes eye checks take about 30 minutes.

“We are encouraging everyone with diabetes to sign up to KeepSight, an eye check reminder program run by Diabetes Australia.

People can join up when they are at the ECCQ Brisbane offices or their regular community health education workshops across Southern Brisbane.

They can also sign up online at www.keepsight.org.au or by asking their optometrist to sign them up during their next diabetes eye check.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said he was pleased to be working with ECCQ to deliver the eye health message to Vietnamese community members.

“Good vision is not always an indicator that everything is okay. That is why regular diabetes eye checks are so important – so that any problems can be found early, before the damage is significant, and when treatment is easier and more effective,” Professor Johnson said.

“I encourage everyone living with diabetes to sign up to KeepSight. It is an easy way for people with diabetes to have regular eye checks. Over 170,000 Australians with diabetes have registered for reminders on KeepSight,” Professor Johnson said.

“We are developing information materials in Vietnamese to ensure everyone gets this important message and takes action to prevent blindness within the Vietnamese community.”

Find out more information on the KeepSight website (in English) by clicking here.

Click here to read this media release in Vietnamese.

Photo caption: Brisbane Vietnamese community member Linh has her eye checked by Optometrist Son. Photo supplied by Diabetes Australia.

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