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Guide to Diabetes

Diabetes and Eye Care: Why care for your eyes?


  • Diabetes can affect vision and if severe can lead to blindness.
  • It is preventable
  • It is treatable
  • It may be present at diagnosis in Type 2 Diabetes
 

Photographic or Retinal Screening


Across Leicestershire we have a dedicated team of Retinal Screeners who go out to GP surgeries to offer patients photographic screening on a yearly basis, which is the most reliable means of detecting early damage. However, no screening process can be 100% reliable and the screening service cannot advise on other aspects of eye care. You will need to continue seeing your Optometrist/Optician.
 

  • Early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy is vital
  • Have an eye examination every year
  • Do not wait until your vision has deteriorated to have an eye test.
  • The importance of early treatment of diabetic retinopathy cannot be stressed enough
  • Eye examinations are free for people with diabetes

 


Retinal Screening - Annual Review 


Regular annual eye examinations or screening are extremely important to detect both, eye problems associated with diabetes and unconnected conditions your eyesight. Make sure your eyes are checked at least once a year so any problems can be picked up and treated early. This can only be detected by a detailed examination of the eye including eye photography by your optometrist or eye clinic.

Most sight loss from diabetes can be prevented if detected early. Early eye disease may be halted by improved treatment of diabetes and by laser treatment at the eye clinic if necessary. Laser treatment aims to preserve the sight, not to improve it, so early detection before symptoms is important.

Photographic screening is the most reliable means of detecting early damage. However, no screening process can be 100% reliable and the screening service cannot advise on other aspects of eye care. You will need to continue seeing your Optometrist/Optician.

The screening service is continually monitored to meet the National uality Standards.

Regular annual eye examinations or screening are extremely important to detect both, eye problems associated with diabetes (diabetes eye disease) and unconnected conditions your eyesight. Make sure your eyes are checked at least once a year so any problems can be picked up and treated early. This can only be detected by a detailed examination of the eye including eye photography by your optometrist or eye clinic.

You may not realise that there is anything wrong with your eyes until it is too late. If you notice changes with your eyesight, you should contact your optician or eye clinic.

Eye examinations are free for people with diabetes and are exempt from most charges with in General Ophthalmic Services.

Remember however if your vision is getting worse, this does not necessarily mean you have diabetic retinopathy. It may simply be a problem that can be corrected with glasses.

 


Documents

Retinal Screening Patient Information (PDF 29KB)

Explains what diabetes Retinopathy is and what to expect at your retinal screening appointment in Leicester February 2012 Download Document