Diabetic Retinopathy

Information on Diabetic Retinopathy

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes then it is very important to have regular eye check-ups. This is because diabetes can damage the blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the body, and the retina of the eye is the only place in the body that we can see these small blood vessels just by looking! (You need special scans and tests to check blood vessels in your heart, brain, kidneys etc). Also, diabetes in the eye can cause damage to the retina affecting vision. If left untreated this can cause cataracts, bleeding, glaucoma and even total blindness.

Every person diagnosed with diabetes, type 1 or type 2, should have their eyes checked at least every year. The diabetic check will involve dilating eye drops which can make your vision blurry, and you should not drive for a couple hours after having the drops put in.