Of more concern, Diabetes can also cause vision loss from diabetic retinopathy (damage to the very small blood vessels on the back of the eye).
The risk of developing diabetic retinopathy increases with the length of time you have had diabetes. The risk is also increased when blood glucose levels are not well controlled over time. Regular comprehensive eye examinations aid in detecting diabetic retinopathy in the early stages allowing for more effective treatment.
Diabetic retinopathy can occur regardless of the type of diabetes you have, your age, or even the control you have over your blood-glucose levels. About 7% of the Australian population over 25 years of age have diabetes, increasing to about 25% over 75 years of age. Of these, more than 70% will develop some changes in their eyes within 15 years of diagnosis.
Your eye examination at Evans & McMahon Eyecare Plus will pay special attention to the health of the back of your eye and we will regularly document the health with digital retinal imaging and/or Ocular CT scans so we can communicate any concerns to your doctor.