On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day, on Saturday November 12, ophthalmologists of the Barraquer Foundation, in collaboration with the ADC (Association of Diabetics of Catalonia) will perform free eye fundus check-ups.
On November 14, World Diabetes Day is celebrated, and since this year the theme is "Eye on Diabetes", ophthalmologists of the Barraquer Foundation, in collaboration with the ADC will perform next Saturday, November 12, free check-ups of the fundus of the eye all the morning, from 10 to 14 h in the tents installed at the Plaça Universitat of Barcelona.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year since 1991 on the initiative of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the increase in the number of people affected worldwide. World Diabetes Day brings together millions of people from more than 160 countries around the world, and aims to raise awareness of this disease through events of all kinds.
Diabetes can affect vision by damaging the small blood vessels of the retina, the posterior layer of the eye, causing a severe decrease in vision, which is known as diabetic retinopathy. In many cases, this pathology does not cause symptoms until very advanced stages, so it is important that diabetic patients undergo periodic ophthalmological controls.
Early detection and timely treatment can prevent and slow progression to blindness.