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KeepSight Recognises Top-Performing Optometrist

Ipswich based optometrist Elle Carson has been recognised by KeepSight for her commitment to supporting people living with diabetes.

KeepSight is Australia’s diabetes eye check reminder program, an initiative of Diabetes Australia in collaboration with the eye sector.

Optometrist Elle Carson from Specsavers Ipswich was recognised for her efforts in reducing vision loss for people with diabetes.

KeepSight’s top performer award, announced to mark World Optometry Week (March 17-23), shines an annual spotlight on the profession of optometry and the contribution of optometrists worldwide to increasing access to eye health care as a human right.

Ms Carson, an optometrist at Specsavers Ipswich, consistently flags people with diabetes when they present for an eye check, offering people the opportunity to be registered with KeepSight.

Diabetes Australia acting Group Chief Executive Officer Taryn Black said it was fantastic to see dedicated optometrists like Ms Carson committing to reducing the incidence of vision loss for people with diabetes through their efforts to ensure people were receiving regular eye checks.

“We know that most vision loss from diabetes is preventable with regular diabetes eye checks and that KeepSight reminders, coupled with optometry reminders, dramatically improve adherence to prescribed checks.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations and thanks to Ms Carson. As a top performing optometrist, she has shown exceptional dedication to diabetes eye health, and we are proud to recognise her achievements.

“Optometrists play a pivotal role in administering regular eye examinations among people with diabetes and their work is invaluable in preventing vision loss and maintaining good eye health,” Ms Black said.

Ms Carson said she takes her role in providing support to her patients with diabetes very seriously and does all she can to ensure they are having regular checks as a best defence against potential vision issues.

“It is an honour to be recognised, and just like all optometrists, I just try to do the best job I can for my patients,” Ms Carson said.

Almost 7% of the Ipswich population (Darling Downs and West Moreton primary health network) are currently living with diabetes (28,218), higher than the Australian average of 5.7%. More than 18,900 of those are registered for KeepSight reminders.

Specsavers’ Clinical Services Director Dr Ben Ashby said people who were registered with KeepSight accessed eye care in a more timely and regular manner than other people with diabetes and that if any issues were detected in an eye test, earlier referrals to specialists lead to a higher rate of improved eye health outcomes.

To date, more than 400,000 of the 1.5 million people living with diabetes have registered with KeepSight. The program is funded through a public/private partnership between the Australian Government and Specsavers, with additional funding from Bayer.