Diabetes means that the body cannot cope normally with sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet.
It can cause complications which affect different parts of the body. There are two types of diabetes mellitus - one is controlled by insulin injections, and the other by diet or tablets, but they both affect the eyes in the same way.
If you have diabetes this does not necessarily mean that your sight will be affected, but there is a higher risk. If your diabetes is well controlled then you are less likely to have problems, or they may be less serious. However if there are complications which affect the eyes then this can result in loss of sight.
Most sight loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented, but it is vital that it is diagnosed early. You may not realize that there is anything wrong with your eyesight, and so regular eye checks are extremely important.
Have an eye examination every year. Do not wait until your vision has deteriorated to have an eye test.
Our Optometrist can examine for diabetic retinopathy. If a problem is found you will be referred to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) for treatment.