The team at Specsavers in Largs is raising awareness this Diabetes Week (11 June – 17 June) as, according to research, 2,730 people in North Ayrshire are currently at risk of losing their sight due to diabetes.

Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is joining forces with Specsavers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to warn of the risks of blindness linked to the condition.

Throughout the week, Specsavers in Largs will be raising awareness of the importance of eye tests in detecting indicators of health conditions.

Chris Leatham, store director at Specsavers in Largs says: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too.

‘At Specsavers, we offer digital retinal photography for free as part of a standard eye test for customers aged over 40. This takes a detailed picture of the back of your eye and the microcirculation of blood – helping to highlight indicators of diabetes that need addressing alongside the diabetic eye screening programme.'