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Diabetes and your Eyes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition where due to a lack of insulin, the body cannot cope with the level of sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet. Studies suggest that over 4 million people in the UK are affected by diabetes. Diabetes can occur in childhood but more commonly later in life, and can cause complications which affect different parts of the body. Diabetes can have an impact on our sight and can put you at a higher risk of developing certain eye conditions such as dry eyes, cataracts and glaucoma.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is where the retina (the sensitive nerve layer at the back of the eye) becomes damaged. 

The retina is covered in fine blood vessels that can leak blood or fluid when damaged.

In severe cases and if not treated on time, diabetic retinopathy can lead to loss of sight.

Early diagnosis is key in order to prevent diabetes from affecting our sight. 

We recommend a detailed eye exam every year where you will be screened for any diabetic related changes. 

Some cases can be referred to the hospital, usually for laser treatment, to help slow progression. 

Good diabetic control can help reduce the chances of sight threatening complications. 

Lifestyle changes such as a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise and reducing smoking & alcohol consumption can all reduce the risk of diabetic related sight problems.