Diabetic Retinopathy


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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic screening and treatment?

What treatments are available?

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Diabetic retinopathy affects the small vessels of the retina and if left untreated can and does cause blindness.  80% of diabetics have some retinopathy 10 years after diagnosis of diabetes.

NHS Choices has more information.

It is essential that all diabetic patients have regular eye exams to detect the early signs of damaging changes in the eye.  Prompt intervention with either laser or intravitreal drugs (drugs painlessly injected directly into the eye by a skilled surgeon) can preserve vision.

Good diabetic control is the best way to prevent diabetic damage to the eyes.  Sometimes this is not enough and Mr Hay-Smith can use a range of tests to determine if treatment is required.  He may recommend laser treatment or the use of intravitreal drugs.