Diabetic retinopathy

This describes the retinal complications that one may experience due to their diabetic condition. This usually involves damaged blood vessels in the eye, which can lead to haemorrhages, formation of new, leaky blood vessels or the thickening of the macula (macular oedema). This can cause reduced vision and eventually vision loss if not treated in due time.

All diabetic patients (Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes) are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Hence, it is important to have regular eye checks if you have diabetes, particularly when you are first diagnosed and subsequently at the frequency recommended by the optometrist. The OCT and fundus photography is extremely useful to monitor any changes.

At these appointments, you would have dilated drops instilled, which may affect your vision so we do not recommend you driving within 3-6 hours after.