Like many diabetics, retired florist Isobel Foster is at risk of blindness because she suffers from Diabetic Retinopathy (DR).
At 62, Foster one of the first patients using the Noctura 400 Sleep Mask, the Newcastle Chronicle reports. The mask is also being prescribed by selected opticians.
Nearly all patients with Type 1 diabetes, and 60 percent of patients with Type 2, diabetes will have some degree of retinopathy.
"Traditional treatments involve laser surgery or invasive injections into the eye, and are usually only offered when a patient’s eye condition deteriorates.
"But the new sleep mask, which harnesses the power of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), can be used at all stages through the progression of the disease. It can also be used as a preventative care treatment."
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