We are becoming more and more aware of the extent that we are what we eat. And a new campaign called "Eye Am What I Eat" is hoping to get people – especially those with diabetes – to eat certain foods that will take care of their eye health.
There are 140,000 people in Ireland registered as having diabetes. However, experts estimate that the real figure might be closer to two hundred and twenty thousand. One person with diabetes goes blind in Ireland each week. In some cases, this outcome is completely avoidable.
To tell us more, we are joined in studio today by eye doctor Dr. Mark Cahill, spokesperson for the Irish College of Ophthalmologists and retinal specialist at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital.
There is a national screening programme available for people with diabetes. The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme, 'Diabetic RetinaScreen', offers free, regular diabetic retinopathy screening to all people with diabetes, aged 12 and older.
Through the programme, people who are registered are invited to attend for screening. When people get the letter of invitation, they need to call the Freephone number listed on their letter to make an appointment. This will go a long way to maintaining healthy eyes and preventing vision loss in people with diabetes.
This service is available for everybody who is registered as having diabetes in Ireland.
Eye Am What I Eat
The campaign has identified the Top 10 Foods for Eye Health:
They are looking for listeners to use these ingredients to come up with a recipe, which will be judged by celebrity chef, Andrew Rudd. All recipes must be submitted at www.eyeamwhatIeat.ie or via post to Eye Am What I Eat, c/o Pembroke Communications, 5th Floor, Whitaker Court, Whitaker Square, Dublin 2 by 5pm on Monday, July 7th. Four finalists will be shortlisted by the judging panel and invited to attend the final event on Wednesday, July 23rd at Medley, Andrew Rudd’s private dining venue in Dublin City Centre, where the recipes will be prepared by Andrew and an overall winner will be selected. The event will be hosted by radio and TV personality, Ronan Collins, and prizes will include a six-course tasting menu for the winner, and a four-course meal for two for the runners-up, all prepared by Andrew Rudd at Medley.
The campaign has the backing of Diabetes Ireland, NCBI-the National Sight Loss Agency, Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) and Novartis [a pharmaceutical company that creates drugs for diabetes]
For more information, visit:
Contact NCBI, the National Sight Loss Agency on LoCall 1850 33 43 53 or visit www.ncbi.ie
Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme is a new, government-funded screening programme that offers free, regular diabetic retinopathy screening to people with diabetes aged 12 years and older. For further information visit www.diabeticretinascreen.ie or freephone 1800 45 45 55.
Mark Cahill also has a clinic in the Beacon. If you would like to contact him, the number is 01 213-5652.