The eye is one of the organs that suffers damage with diabetes.

 

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Diabetic Retinopathy


 

What is diabetic retinopathy?

The eye is one of the organs that suffers damage with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can weaken and cause changes in the small blood vessels that nourish your eye’s retina, the delicate, light sensitive lining of the back of the eye. These blood vessels may begin to leak, swell or develop brush-like branches.

The early stages of diabetic retinopathy may cause blurred vision. As the disease progresses, you may notice a cloudiness of vision, blind spots or floaters. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.

Routine eye examinations are strongly recommended if you are a diabetic or have a family history of diabetes. For more information visit www.diabetes.org.nz. If you have diabetes and have not had a two yearly retinal photo screen in the public health system, please get in touch for an initial examination so that our optometrists can get you setup onto the system. At the minimum all diabetics should be seen for photography of the back of the eye at least every two years.