Diabetes can seriously affect your vision and the number of people suffering from this condition is rising.
Diabetes is an increasingly common disease which affects around 3 million people in the UK.
If you suffer from diabetes you are at a greater risk of developing certain eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.
Often these conditions show no symptoms in their early stages, but if left to develop can sometimes lead to permanent blindness. For this reason, it’s extremely important to do everything you can to slow down the progression, as well as prevent these types of conditions.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and is the leading cause of blindness in adults throughout the UK. It is caused by the retina’s blood vessels changing and in some cases the vessels can swell and leak fluid. Some people may suffer with abnormal blood vessels growing on the surface of the retina too.
Principal optician and owner of EyeDeal Vision, Mac Magudia has treated thousands of patients who suffer from diabetes. He has over 30 years’ experience and will be able to detect even the smallest signs of diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma, as well as other harmful problems.
Mac explains: “The earlier this type of disease is detected the more successful treatment can be. However, although the disease itself can never be cured, the progression of the disease can be slowed down and blindness can even be prevented.”
A regular eye examination with Mac is therefore crucial. During your eye examination, Mac will complete a thorough assessment of your eye and general health, as well as specific exams, especially to detect signs of diabetic related conditions including:
- A visual acuity test – this is when an eye chart is used to measure how well you can see at various distances.
- A dilated eye exam – you’re given eye drops which dilate (widen) your pupils. This enables the optician to see more of the inside of your eyes and to check for signs of disease. A special magnifying lens will be used to measure your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage. Your near vision may be blurred for several hours after this test.
- Tonometry – this is to test the pressure inside your eye. There are a number of tests that can do this.
For more information about diabetes,including the conditions that could affect you in the future, or to book an appointment please call 020 8524 2887 today and a member of our team will be happy to help.