Treatment for patients with severe diabetic eye disease in Norfolk is set to improve following the donation of a new laser eye machine to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The eye clinic at the NHS academic teaching hospital was formally presented with the new, state-of-the-art equipment last week by the Norfolk Diabetes Trust.
The charity managed to raise £42,000 to purchase the multispot laser. The new machine will replace the hospital’s single spot laser to heal damaged blood vessels in the eyes, meaning diabetics who require laser treatment for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy or maculopathy will be able to benefit from much faster and less painful treatment .
Nigel Bertram, chairman of the Norfolk Diabetes Trust, said the funds for the new hospital equipment were raised through sponsored marathons and bike rides, as well as grants from charitable trusts.
He said that the investment would make a huge difference to people with eye problems in Norfolk, many of whom develop these conditions as a result of prolonged high blood glucose levels.
“This encapsulates the principles that the Norfolk Diabetes Trust is working with in helping people with diabetes throughout Norfolk,” he added.

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