Sign up for new diabetes eye check
Friday, 29 March 2019
A new national diabetes eye screening program has been launched to make it easier for people to have regular eye checks.
The program, called KeepSight, encourages and reminds people living with diabetes to have regular eye checks.
“Every person with diabetes is at risk of eye damage and vision loss because diabetes can damage blood vessels in the eye,” Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said.
“More than 1.3 million Australians have diabetes and we think about half, or around 630,000 people, aren’t getting their eyes checked. This means eye damage is often identified too late when treatment is less effective and more costly.
“Often there are no signs or symptoms of eye damage and it is only picked up when people get their eyes checked for reading or when substantial damage has occurred.”
Once people have registered with KeepSight, they’ll receive reminders and prompts to have regular diabetes eye checks. People can choose their eye care providers and the cost of these eye checks is usually funded by Medicare.
If you live with diabetes, register at www.keepsight.org.au. Your details will be securely held by Diabetes Australia and only used to provide regular reminders and information to help you keep your sight.
“If we detect problems early then people can get early treatment and damage can be prevented,” Prof Johnson said.
The new KeepSight program has widespread support from leading diabetes and eye health groups and is funded by the Australian Government, Specsavers, Bayer and Novartis. Program partners include Diabetes Australia, Vision 2020 Australia, Centre for Eye Research Australia and Oculo.
The United Kingdom has used a similar program and for the first time in 50 years, diabetes is no longer the leading cause of blindness in working age adults there.