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    Do you have diabetes? If so, when was the last time you had your eyes examined for diabetes?

    Routine diabetic examinations are extremely important! Diabetes affects your blood vessels and your eyes are one of the most highly vascularised organs of your body.

    Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes and cause blindness.

     

    What does a diabetic examination involve?

    A routine diabetic examination will involve applying eye drops that dilate your pupils (make them bigger!) This is important so that the whole retina can be examined. A report of the examination results are then provided to your GP.

    It’s best you don’t drive for a few hours after this and to bring some sunglasses on the day.

     

    What would I see if my eyes were affected by diabetes?

    In the early stages, iit may be difficult to notice any changes in your vision.

    At later stages, you may experience: blurry vision, headaches, fluctuating vision (clear some days, blurry other days), eye strain and glare sensitivity.

     

    What increases the risk of having diabetes in the eye?

    • How long you’ve been a diabetic
    • Smoking
    • Sugar levels
    • Diet control and exercise
       

     

    If you fall into any of the risk factors above, book an appointment now for your diabetes check!