Diabetics at risk of blindness because NHS is not testing them: charity
article in the Telegraph
"The latest figures published by the Department of Health show that more than a quarter of people with diabetes aged 12 and over were not screened in the year up to October 2008.
Almost two thirds (98 out of 152) of primary care trusts are still failing to meet the target of screening 80 per cent of people with diabetes, Diabetes UK has warned, even though the target should have been reached over a year ago.
Retinal screening is used to spot signs of retinopathy, a condition that occurs when blood vessels in the retina of the eye become blocked, leaky or grow haphazardly. If left untreated can damage vision and ultimately cause blindness."
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