When diabetes affects small blood vessels in the part of your eye known as the retina, it is known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy left untreated is one of the most common causes of blindness in the working population. It does not generally affect your sight until the changes have become quite advanced. However, in this situation the effectiveness of laser treatment at reducing further sight loss is less effective.
You are at increased risk of suffering from diabetic retinopathy if you:
- Have had diabetes for some time
- Have blood glucose levels that are poorly controlled
- Have high blood pressure
- Are pregnant
- Are taking insulin
Many countries have diabetic screening programmes. In Ireland there have been on-going discussions and now a pilot screening programme is in place. However it is still up to you to take responsibility for your own health and have the screening carried out.
Diabetic Screening at Mairead O’Leary Opticians
In our optician practices, all of our testing rooms are equipped with the latest technology in fundus photography. This is one of the key methods of recording, viewing and tracking changes to the back of the eye. Our enhanced eye tests include a test for diabetic retinopathy. The sight examinations also include checks for other age related conditions like macular degeneration and glaucoma. An optometrist or optician at our branches will be able to suggest a course of action for you if you suffer from diabetic retinopathy. If you are at risk of diabetic retinopathy or you know someone who is, please contact us for more information.