At Brazionis Eyecare, we offer Diabetic Eye Checks to ensure that symptoms of Daibetic Retinopathy are identified and managed early.
People with diabetes are susceptible to developing Diabetic Retinopathy.
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Diabetes and your eyes
If you have diabetes, it is likely that you will develop some changes to your eyes. Diabetes sometimes causes the focusing ability of the eye to weaken or to vary from day-to-day however; this problem eases when blood glucose levels are stable. Diabetes can also cause vision loss from Diabetes Retinopathy (damage to the very small blood vessels on the back of the eye).
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
The risk of developing diabetic retinopathy increases with the length of time that you have had diabetes. The risk is also increased when blood glucose levels are not well controlled over time. Good blood glucose levels and blood pressure, and regular comprehensive eye examinations can greatly reduce the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy but it does not eliminate it.
Diabetic Retinopathy can occur regardless of the type of diabetes you have, your age, or even the control you have over your blood-glucose levels. It’s best to have regular eye examinations so that changes can be detected and treated early. People who have diabetes should have their eyes checked from when diabetes is first diagnosed, and then regularly checked every two years.
To look after your eyes and help prevent vision loss:
- Have your eyes checked regularly, at least every two years, to pick up early signs of damage
- Control your blood glucose levels.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
If your vision has been affected, seek treatment to stop it from getting worse.