People in Dumbarton are at risk of losing sight due to lack of regular health checks, according to eyesight specialists.

The team at Specsavers in Dumbarton has been raising awareness in Diabetes Week as, according to research, 1,780 people in West Dunbartonshire are currently at risk of losing their sight due to diabetes.

The Specsavers Dumbarton store has been highlighting the importance of eye tests in detecting indicators of health conditions.

The campaign is backed by Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, who suffers from diabetes, making him up to 20 times more likely to lose his sight.

Sir Steve said: ‘Going blind is, unfortunately, a very real threat for me. Until I was diagnosed with the condition, I was totally unaware of its implications on sight and having lived with diabetes for more than 20 years now, I can’t stress enough the importance of regular eye tests at your opticians and check-ups at the nearest diabetic screening programme.”

Robin Mitchell, store director at Specsavers in Dumbarton, added: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too.”