Concern on younger population becoming blind from diabetes

Picture: Centre for Eye Research Australia

FIJI is already experiencing a younger population becoming blind from diabetes.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said the problem would continue to escalate if nothing was done about it. She made the statements while launching the “Eye care nurses scope of practice in collaboration with the world sight” at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay hotel on Friday.

She said empowering primary care workers through knowledge on good management of diabetes provided avenues to curb the rise of visual impairment and blindness linked to diabetes.

“To respond to the growing demands and expectations from people living with diabetes, our nurses working in eye care have progressively reviewed and reorganised their roles and responsibilities to adequately meet the needs of the many patients with eye issues in the various communities,” she said.

Ms Akbar said through awareness sessions, people were advised that diabetes caused eye problems and led to blindness.

She said those with diabetes were told they needed regular eye exams to prevent diabetes complications.