If you have diabetes then Diabetic Retinopathy can cause complications that may affect your vision. We refer to this group of problems as diabetic eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy, which can cause significant and permanent vision loss. In fact, it is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 64.
Diabetes damages the small blood vessels throughout the body, including in the heart, kidneys and feet. Inside the eye, diabetes damages the retinal blood vessels; the retina being the camera-film of the eye. This damage can actually be seen during an eye examination.
The longer you have had diabetes or the poorer your blood sugar control has been, the more you are at risk of developing signs of damage in the eye through diabetic eye disease.
You can take some measures to help prevent vision loss from diabetic eye disease. These include:
- good long term blood sugar control
- regular dilated eye examinations
- careful attention to other cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure control, treatment for elevated cholesterol, weight loss or elevated BMI
- not smoking
TREATMENT OF DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
We have a range of therapies to treat diabetic eye disease. These treatments may involve retinal laser, anti-VEGF injections, vitreoretinal surgery or a combination of these. We will discuss all the options with you, and determine the most appropriate therapy for your eyes.