Diabetic Retinopathy - FAQS

Q. What should I do if I have diabetes?
A. Ensure you have regular annual dilated eye examinations.
These should be more frequent if you have signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Ensure you keep your blood sugar level as well controlled as possible.
If you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, see your GP to ensure these are well controlled.

Q. How do I know if I am at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy?
A. If you have diabetes type 1 or type 2 you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
The longer you have had diabetes the greater your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Q. What treatment is there for diabetic retinopathy?
A. Not all diabetic retinopathy requires treatment. Treatment is individualised and depends on the type and extent of the retinopathy.
Treatment options include laser, injections into the vitreous (gel) in the back of the eye, and retinal surgery.

Q. What should I look out for?
A.Blurred vision.
Floaters or flashes.
Sudden loss of vision.