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OPSM Partners with Diabetes Australia

Diabetes Australia and OPSM have partnered to raise awareness of the links between diabetes and eye health in Australia. Together they aim to promote prevention and early detection of diabetes-related eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy – the leading cause of blindness in working age adults – and enhance levels of diabetes and eye health education among people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals.

Each day 280 Australians develop diabetes – one every five minutes.1

Without proper care, diabetes can lead to diabetes-related complications, such as eye-disease and potentially vision loss. Proactive, consistent diabetes management and care, as well as early detection, can help prevent or delay the onset of these diabetes-related complications. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease can prevent up to 98 per cent of severe vision loss.2

References:
1. National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Statistics
2. Investing in Sight: Strategic Interventions to Prevent Vision Loss in Australia. Eye Research Australia (Access Economics Report, 2013)