Diabetic Eye Disease Specialist

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia and there are currently 1.1 million Australians diagnosed with the disease. (Diabetes Australia, 2014).  People who have uncontrolled blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and have had a long duration of diabetes, are at high risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

In people with diabetic retinopathy, the small blood vessels (capillaries) at the back of their eyes (retina) swell and leak blood or fluid. The area of the retina that provides the sharpest vision is called the macula. Leaking blood/fluid at the macula can cause it to swell, and this is known as macula oedema, and can occur at any stage of the disease. This causes blurred and distorted vision.

Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy is the best way to prevent loss of vision. If the retina becomes damaged to the point that sight is lost, it cannot be reversed. It is important for a person with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure as close to normal as possible.

Our clinic offers treatment for diabetic retinopathy in the form of retinal laser or intravitreal anti-VEGF injections.

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