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Diabetes can affect your eyes in several different ways.  Diabetics should have their eyes tested regularly to ensure they stay healthy.  The most damaging condition is diabetic retinopathy.  This occurs when the fine blood vessels in the retina leak fluid.  The retina is the light sensitive lining in the back of the eye.

Cataracts can also develop much earlier in someone with diabetes and progress more rapidly.

Diabetic Retinopathy

In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy there are no symptoms.  Unfortunately you only know you have diabetic eye disease when it starts to affect your vision.  The early signs of this are experiencing blurred vision and seeing floating spots in front of your eyes.  The spots are caused by bleeding from the retinal blood vessels.

Diabetic retinopathy can cause complete blindness which can be permanent.  Early detection and treatment can vastly reduce the risk.  You should have a yearly eye test by a specialist optometrist who can pick up any early changes.

If you suffer from diabetes you need to manage your condition effectively to help combat the effects of diabetic eye disease.  You should control your blood glucose levels and blood pressure as well as eat healthily and keep yourself fit.

Which Types of Diabetics Can Affect Your Eyes?

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you are vulnerable to developing diabetic retinopathy.  The more severe your suffer from the condition, the higher chance you have of developing diabetic eye disease.

Is There Treatment For Diabetic Retinopathy?

If you catch diabetic retinopathy early enough your sight can often be saved with laser treament.  You must realise that any laser treatment is given to save your remaining eyesight and will not repair any damage already done.  The laser is used to seal any leaking blood vessels and you may need recurring treatment in the future.

Who Should Test My Eyes?

All diabetics are eligible for a free eye test on the NHS and this should be attended on a yearly basis.  A standard eye test will show how bad your diabetes is but won’t show up how bad your eyesight is.  You need to be seen yearly by a specialist optometrist who is an expert in dealing with problems caused by diabetes.

If you, or anyone you know, would like an eye test at home please give us a call now ☎ 0203 651 6953 or visit www.communitycareopticians.co.uk


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