Looking after your eyes is important when you have diabetes as those who have the condition are at increased risk of developing eye problems. If left untreated, this can lead to poor vision and blindness.
Often the patient may not experience signs or symptoms of problems. Most vision loss from diabetes can be prevented with regular eye checks and early treatment.
Diabetes can cause a range of eye problems. The most common is diabetic retinopathy, where tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye are damaged and may cause vision loss. It’s important that it is identified and treated early. The early stages don’t generally have symptoms, but in the later stages, people may notice blurred, hazy or double vision or they may have sudden loss of vision. The only way to know if you have Diabetic Retinopathy is to have a diabetes eye health check.