Diabetes

Diabetes

  • If you have diabetes it is important to attend the local NHS screening clinic
  • Screening looks for eye problems associated with diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic retinopathy can cause sight loss if untreated
  • Sight loss may be prevented if diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed and treated in the early stages
  • Treated using laser surgery
  • As well as attending retinopathy screening you should have regular eye examinations

More in-depth information written in plain English can be found on the College of Optometrists’ website: http://lookafteryoureyes.org/eye-conditions/if-you-have-diabetes

Additional information is provided by the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB): http://www.rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/understanding-eye-conditions-related-diabetes

Further resources and advice for medical or welfare questions can be found through Diabetes UK: https://www.diabetes.org.uk