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DIABETES

EYE CARE

“The chances of suffering vision loss and blurry vision in diabetes can be significantly reduced by good control of diabetes, having regular eye tests and getting timely treatment.”

With the number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes expected to double in the next decade, it is clear why diabetic eye disease leading to blurry vision in diabetes is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Australian adults. People with diabetes are often unaware that they have sight threatening retinal disease which can progress to advanced stages without any effect to the vision. In fact, almost all patients with type 1 diabetes and 60% of patients with type 2 diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy within 20 years of diagnosis.

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How can diabetes affect my eyes?

High blood glucose levels can affect the eyes in several ways. The lens can become swollen causing changes in vision and fluctuating optical prescription, it can also become cloudy resulting in a cataract. Sustained high blood glucose levels can result in leakage of the small blood vessels in the retina (diabetic retinopathy). If this happens near the macula, the part of the eye responsible for clear central vision then you will notice your vision is significantly worse due to a condition called macular edema. In the advanced proliferative stages, the eye can grow weak and abnormal blood vessels resulting in more severe hemorrhaging and increased eye pressure (glaucoma).

Prevention is the best cure

The chances of suffering vision loss from diabetic eye disease and blurry vision in diabetes can be significantly reduced by good control of diabetes (through medication and lifestyle changes), having regular eye examinations and getting timely treatment. Despite this only, 50% of Australians with diabetes undergo eye examinations at the recommended frequency of once a year. A 30-minute eye test could save your sight, get your eyes tested today.

Book an appointment

Eye tests are bulk billed. That means no out of pocket costs for you with a valid Medicare card. All tests include FREE digital retinal imaging valued at $60. You can even claim your health insurance rebate on the spot.

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