Ben was just 12 years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a terrible shock and he didn’t know how much it would change his life.
One morning this April, Ben awoke to find he was blind in his left eye – everything was black. His retina had detached due to diabetes and his sight may never be restored. He now lives with the constant fear that the same thing will happen to his right eye and he’ll be completely blind.
Across Western Australia a crisis is unfolding – diabetes is affecting more people’s sight. In children and teenagers, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are a major cause of severe and irreversible vision loss. The Perron Paediatric Retinopathy Initiative clinic was recently opened at the Lions Eye Institute. A partnership with the Perth Children’s Hospital, and generously supported by the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, this much-needed resource is where children can be screened, assessed and treated for diabetes-related vision changes.
Please donate today to ensure children with diabetes can have the best chance to receive interventions, before it’s too late. Your support this festive season can give the gift of sight to people like Ben. Read more about Ben’s journey and donate today.
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