Owain Clarke, BBC Wales health correspondent, wrote that research shows that the proportion of diabetics who go blind or suffer sight loss has almost halved since a new national retinopathy screening programme started in 2007. Diabetics aged over 12 are offered annual screening and health experts said the study shows a “clear benefit”. New certifications for severe sight impairment have fallen from 31.3 to 15.8 per 100,000 people. Swansea University research over eight years was published in the British Medical Journal.
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