If you have diabetes, you will need to look out for the effects it may be having on your vision. Diabetic retinopathy weakens the eyes and causes changes in the small blood vessels which feed and nourish the retina. The vessels may swell, leak or develop brush-like branches, with effects on your vision including blurriness, cloudiness, blind spots and floaters. If left untreated, it can cause blindness.
Routine eye examinations come highly recommended for anyone suffering diabetes, or with a family history of diabetes. If you are diabetic and have not been having regular eye examinations (every two years minimum), get in touch and we will set you up with an initial appointment and get you started in the public system. More information can be found at Diabetes New Zealand.