How does Diabetes affect the eyes?
Diabetes can cause the following problems with your eyes:
Variations in vision due to blood sugar changes
Blood vessel changes at the back of the eye
Fluid build up at the macula area
Who is at risk of diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetics will have an increased rick of diabetic eye changes due to these factors:
Poor blood sugar control
Poor blood pressure control
Pregnancy (excluding gestational diabetes)
What we do to detect Diabetic eye disease?
At Eyecare Plus Karalee, our optometrists will check the health of your eye health throughly for any diabetic changes. This will involve putting in some drops to dilate your eyes which allows a larger window to look at your retina. Your optometrist will also take retinal images to monitor you eye health over time.
Patients who are deemed high risk, or show signs of macula fluid build up will be recommended to have an OCT scan performed.
Diabetic patients should have their eyes tested at least every 12 months, or more often if they are considered high risk.
Diabetes Australia: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au