DIABETES & EYE HEALTH
People with diabetes should get a comprehensive eye exam regularly not just a retinal photograph. We recommend a comprehensive eye examination including digital photography and OCT every other year if annual NHS diabetic retinal screening service photographs are performed yearly or more frequently if there are visual symptoms.
AGAINST DIABETIC RETINOPATHY.
Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision and if severe, extensive damage.
All parts of the retina can be affected, and damage to the macula can cause major problems. Diabetes may affect the lens, and can cause cataracts and glaucoma.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.
HOW CAN YOU MINIMISE THE RISK TO YOUR VISION?
Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss.
Diabetes can affect many parts of the eye and diabetic eye disease has the potential to cause severe vision loss and even blindness if left untreated. Not only that, but some diabetic changes often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs by which time valuable time in treatment might have been lost.
Controlling diabetes by taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet can prevent or delay vision loss.