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Experts share the latest research in a common diabetic eye disease

image-tools (56)Experts from the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) will present a free community information session on the latest research in diabetic retinopathy, a common form of diabetic eye disease, on Tuesday 10 July.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages the blood vessels in the retina, at the back of the eyes. If left untreated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness.

More than a third of people with diabetes will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy in their lifetime, giving it the potential to become the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

The community information session begins at 2.30pm and includes time to meet CERA researchers and ask questions.

Presenters include Senior Research Fellows Dr Lyndell Lim and Dr Gwyn Rees, Research Fellow and Grading Manager Dr Ryo Kawasaki and PhD student and Research Assistant Ms Eva Fenwick.

The event will be hosted by the Head of CERA’s Health Services and Ocular Epidemiology Research Unit, Associate Professor Ecosse Lamoureux.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about this common complication of diabetes,” said Associate Professor Lamoureux.

“A progressive eye disease, diabetic retinopathy usually has little or no symptoms until the disease has advanced, by which time, any damage caused to the eye and vision is often irreversible. It’s important that people with diabetes are aware of the risks and have their eyes checked regularly.”

The event will be held at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in East Melbourne and is free to attend, however bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Please call (03) 9929 8360 to book your place or email cera-rsvp@unimelb.edu.au.

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The event coincides with National Diabetes Awareness Week (8-14 July).