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Diabetic Eye Care

Looking after you vision if you are diabetic is essential

Diabetic eye care problems stand as the leading cause of vision loss among working-age individuals. Since these issues often go unnoticed until vision loss occurs, it is crucial for people with diabetes to undergo a comprehensive eye examination at least once a year. Early detection is paramount in safeguarding against vision loss.

Diabetics face a heightened risk of eye problems

As a person with diabetes, you are at an increased risk of developing eye problems, with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy affecting a significant majority of diabetic patients, especially those who have had diabetes for over 15 years. Characterised by microaneurysms and small areas of hemorrhaging within the retina, this condition is a result of blood vessel damage from elevated sugar levels.

The subsequent fluid leakage into the retina causes edema and swelling. Our advanced diagnostic tools, including the Widefield Laser Scan and gold standard Zeiss Optical Coherence Tomography, ensure unparalleled precision in the detection and monitoring of early diabetic eye disease.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related eye condition that affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. It is a progressive condition that develops due to damage to the blood vessels of the retina, primarily caused by high levels of blood sugar associated with diabetes. There are two main stages of diabetic retinopathy – Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy can affect both eyes and may progress without causing noticeable symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Symptoms, when present, may include floaters, blurred vision, dark or empty areas in the vision, and difficulty perceiving colors.

Regular eye examinations are crucial for early detection and management of diabetic retinopathy. Treatment options include laser therapy to seal leaking blood vessels, injections of medications to reduce swelling, and surgery in advanced cases.

National Diabetes Services Scheme

The Australian government provides various forms of support for individuals with diabetes in the optical context. Through programs such as the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), eligible individuals can access subsidized products and services related to diabetes management, including essential optical aids. Additionally, Medicare covers comprehensive eye examinations for individuals with diabetes, offering financial assistance for regular eye checks.

Are you getting the best optometry care for your diabetes?

It is recommended that individuals with diabetes have their eyes examined at least once a year. However, your optometrist may suggest a more frequent schedule based on your specific needs and the severity of your condition to ensure you receive the diabetic eye care required.


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