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About the condition

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the light sensitive portion of the eye, known as the retina. This is similar to a film in a camera. To work effectively, the retina needs a constant supply of blood, which it receives through a network of tiny blood vessels. Over time, a continuously high blood sugar level can cause the blood vessels to become blocked or to leak. This damages the retina and stops it from working.

Diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. It is important to undergo annual eye examinations to detect diabetic retinopathy. In the early stages, there is no vision loss, examination can detect sight threatening changes and early treatment can be instituted, if necessary. Control of risk factors is also important. The better the control of blood sugar, blood pressure, lipids and weight, the smaller the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Find out how you can treat diabetic retinopathy by visiting our treatment page.

How much is your sight worth?

Are you concerned about your vision? Why not book a consultation with one of our ophthalmic surgeons, who will examine your eyes and advise you on your treatment options.

Alternatively, if you would like more information on diabetic retinopathy or any of our eye conditions, contact the friendly eye centre team today.