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Diabetes week 11 – 17 June

Latest Retinal Imaging technology, Optomap Ultrawidefield Image of Retina showing signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. 

As its Diabetes week this week, we wanted to promote awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy. Here is some info from NHS England on the eye related complications that can arise from diabetes, and why eye testing is free for diabetic patients.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of  diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

However, it usually takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight.

To minimise the risk of this happening, people with diabetes should:

  • ensure they control their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • attend diabetic eye screening appointments – annual screening is offered to all people with diabetes aged 12 and over to pick up and treat any problems early on

Reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy

You can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, or help prevent it getting worse, by:

  • controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • taking your diabetes medication as prescribed
  • attending all your screening appointments
  • getting medical advice quickly if you notice any changes to your vision
  • maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy balanced direct, exercising regularly, and not smoking.

For more information on Diabetic Retinopathy and clinical care at Eye Contact

For more information you can contact us to arrange an eye exam http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/contact-us/ and also learn about Optomap Ultrawidefield Retinal Imaging, which can detect general as well as eye diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy often years in advance of other methods http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/retinal-imaging/