Diabetes is part of Paediatric and First Aid at Work courses.What are the sayings? ‘Your eyes are the windows to your soul’ ……. ‘Their eyes met across a crowded room’.

Well that’s all well and good provided they work properly in the first place!

Teaching first aid means we do speak of the eyes an awful lot

  • check for danger
  • look, listen and feel for breathing
  • look at the casualty and assess the situation
  • embedded objects in the eye

And that is just a few. So, they are it appears, important in our lives especially if you have the role as a First Aider. I attend a networking group where there is an optician in the group and she explains how people sometimes put off the eye test. Her company specialises in helping musicians with their eyesight, now you learn something new every day didn’t know that was available, but Allegro Optical offer this.

So getting back to the blog, it’s very easy to take our sight for granted, after all we don’t have to think to blink and just presume every day that we open our eyes and world pops up. That being said, the BBC news often talks about glaucoma. This condition affects 60 million people around the world and most have lost a third of their vision by the time they are diagnosed. The disease is usually caused by changes to the pressure inside the eye that kills the retina’s nerve cells. Scary isn’t it?

Now let’s look at diabetes… This is the condition that the NHS are saying will cost them millions in the future. Why? Because of the side effects of it that can occur and one aspect of many is to vision and sight: Blindness, cataracts, diabetic maculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, proliferative retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment and visual impairment (list supplied by Diabetes UK). Quite a long list and quite scary as well.

So, what can we do about it to ensure that we don’t get these problems? Well living a healthy lifestyle will definitely help. Here at Purple Dog Ltd three of us have joined the gym. We also have 2.5 people who have joined a ‘fat club’ to add to this.

The signs of diabetes are thirst- to drink anything and lots of whatever they are drinking, mood swings around the time they are hungry (blood sugar levels have dropped) and needing the toilet. If you know someone who has diabetes, don’t be afraid to ask about it. If they have a hypoglycemic attack, they will be glad you did ask, as you could save their life with quick thinking and treatment.

So, if you or someone you know is experiencing these or any other unusual symptom, please visit your GP. It really is a simple fasting blood test that will pinpoint if diabetes is something that you are starting with or indeed have. Failure to do so could have a massive effect on the way you see the world- literally.

For more information on our First Aid courses or to book a place, please call Iain on 01484 546780.