DIABETES AND YOUR EYESIGHT - DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels begin to damage the fine blood vessels of the retina, resulting in blockage, blood leakage, swelling and inflammation, all of which can affect vision. Early detection and treatment is important, a simple eyetest with the Ultra Wide Digital Retina Scanner (UWDRS) can be used to track eye health. Left untreated vision loss and blindness can occur.
At least 90% of new cases could be reduced with proper treatment and monitoring of the eyes. People with diabetes are recommended to have an annual eye test.
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy vary from person to person, but may include:
- Blurred vision;
- Floaters or spots;
- Blank or missing areas in vision;
- Double vision;
- Difficulty seeing well at night;
- Problems with balance, reading, watching television and recognising people; and
- Being overly sensitive to glare.
If you have any of these symptoms, regardless of whether or not you have diabetes, you should have an eye examination as soon as possible.
THE OPSM DIFFERENCE
OPSM has invested in leading-edge technology to ensure you have the very besyt chance of detecting diabetes and other general health issues or eye conditions.
An Ultra Wide Digital Retinal Scan gives us a huge 200° range within a single scan, capturing an extraordinarily detailed image of your retina, and increasing the chances of discovering early signs.
WHAT CAN OPSM DO
Eyes are the easiest way to assess your body’s health for suffers of diabetes. Our optometrists work with local General Practitioner’s (GPs) and specialists to provide complete care around diabetes and tracking of changes occurring in the eye. This ensures that changes that are occurring unexpectedly are detected, this can only be done with regular eye tests to give the optometrist a history of the person.
- Book and Eye Test as soon as possible. This will create a baseline to measure changes.
- Review the type of contact lenses you wear. Speak to your optometrist about contact lens that allow more oxygen through.
- Get an eye-test every year, and if you have been diagnosed with early signs, then this should be done more often to track changes in the eye.