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Once a doctor has confirmed you have diabetes, whether it is Type 1, Type 2, gestational or even borderline diabetes (known as pre-diabetes) you must have an eye exam as soon as convenient for you.
The reason is a diagnosis does not indicate the length of time the disease has been establishing itself and it may have already affected certain organs like the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain, and feet.Get In Touch
Research shows that Type 2 Diabetes (often called Lifestyle Diabetes) may have lingered for five years before a patient is diagnosed and there are up to 500,000 undiagnosed diabetic cases in Australia alone.
Blindness from diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the working population. Diabetes is a microvascular disease meaning it affects small vessels and the retina has a complex system of small vessels to help us see centrally and peripherally. High sugar levels cause these capillaries to obstruct resulting in hemorrhages and starving the retina of crucial oxygen. This causes the delicate tissue to die leading to permanent visual impairment. Diabetes can also cause premature cataract, glaucoma, and blurred vision.
The good news is that early detection of diabetes related eye problems leads to early intervention and a better prognosis.
Once you have been given the all-clear on eye health, then ANNUAL eye exams are recommended as diabetes is a chronic disease requiring close monitoring.
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