It’s national Diabetes Week! This annual event helps to raise the awareness of diabetes and the effects it can have on eye health.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular oedema, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Regular retinal screening -
This is the most effective thing you can do to prevent sight loss due to diabetic retinopathy is to go to your retinal screening appointments. Early detection and treatment can stop you from losing sight.

Because diabetic retinopathy often lacks early symptoms, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. People with diabetic retinopathy may need eye exams more frequently. Women with diabetes who become pregnant should have a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible.

Anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic eye disease. Your risk is greater with the following:

  • high blood glucose that is not treated
  • high blood pressure that is not treated
  • High blood cholesterol and smoking may also raise your risk for diabetic eye disease.
  • You can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, or help prevent it getting worse, by:
  • Controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Taking your diabetes medication as prescribed.

For further information on who is at risk, the symptoms and detection of eye disease and the prevention and treatment please follow this link:

https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy

  • Join the conversation on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #diabetesweek #talkaboutdiabetes