Once again this year the RANZCO Eye Foundation is running its julEYE eye health awareness campaign throughout July.
The Eye Foundation is the fund-raising arm of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA). It is committed to funding research into vision loss, supporting and assisting eye care programs in disadvantaged communities at home and overseas, and raising public awareness about eye health.
In week 2 of JulEYE the Eye Foundation has focussed on the impact of diabetes and eye health. I have blogged about diabetes before. Almost half of all Australians with diabetes will develop retinal damage. In early stages when intervention can save vision there are usually no symptoms, so regular eye checks are essential to detect changes that would otherwise go untreated. With regular checks and timely intervention 90% of the vision loss caused by this disease is preventable.
In JulEYE the Eye Foundation is encouraging all Australians with diabetes to ensure that regular eye checks are on their agenda. Next week, week 3, the Eye Foundation will focus on Eye Safety.