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- Feb 09 2017
DIABETES & EYE CARE: YOUR SIGHT MATTERS
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20 to 74. Uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to three serious eye problems: cataract, glaucoma, and retinopathy.
High blood sugar level increases the risk of eye damage and may lead to blurry vision. Therefore, People with diabetes should get regular eye check-ups (once a year) to avoid any serious irreversible eye problem.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication resulting from diabetes that affects the retina, the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye. Images are first formed on the retina and is then transmitted to the brain to be processed: This is how we see. High blood sugar level can, over time, damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina and lead to permanent loss of vision.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?
Most people do not experience any noticeable signs in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. As the condition worsens, people may experience the following symptoms:
• Flashes of light
• Eye pain
• Colour Blindness
• Blurred vision
• Vision loss
How can you reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy?
As per NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence, UK) guidelines, screening your eyes at least once in a year can help diagnose diabetic retinopathy in its early stages and prevent the progression of this complication. It is also important to monitor your blood glucose level regularly to keep a check on your diabetes and related complications.
At Diabetacare, Diabetes Specialist Nurses screen for diabetic retinopathy by using specialized fundus/retinal camera. Retinal images are captured in clinic and analysed by an eye care specialist for signs of retinal damage.
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