Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes serious complications affecting many parts of the body including the eye. With India becoming the ‘Diabetes capital of the World’ due to increasing numbers of people suffering from diabetes and thereby its subsequent complications, it has created an urgency with utmost importance to create awareness on how to prevent, or check and control and monitor the progression of its complications one of which can even lead to blindness. Diabetes can cause serious damage to the tiny blood vessels of the Retina (the back portion of the eye) leading to blood or fluid accumulation inside the eye- a condition known as Diabetic Retinopathy. This can greatly disturb a person’s vision and if not treated early can even lead to complete blindness. Hence it is of great importance for all general public who are above 40 years of age to have a routine screening for diabetes, and for all diabetic patients to have a regular check-up of their eye with an eye-specialist to look out for any early signs of diabetic retinopathy in order to prevent blindness.
Bansara Eye Care Centre, Shillong in collaboration with World Diabetes Foundation has taken an initiative to create awareness and relative training sessions on Diabetic complications of the eye- Diabetic Retinopathy, for the doctors and nurses of Nazareth hospital, Shillong on the 8th of March 2014. Two separate interactive sessions were held in the morning and afternoon for the Doctors and nurses respectively making a great success with a total of fifty-three (53) doctors and forty one (41) nurses who attended. The training was conducted by Dr. J.V Basaiawmoit, Medical Director of Bansara Eye Care Centre where she talked mainly on the importance of a mandatory early eye check-up to screen for any signs of diabetic retinopathy in order to prevent blindness due to diabetes. The sessions were also attended by the Medical Superintendent of Nazareth hospital, Dr. G. Rangad and the Hospital AdministratorSr. Mary Paul.