People with diabetes are 20 times more likely to lose their sight, compared to people those without the condition.
Sight is so important to us, but people don’t always realise how conditions such as diabetes can cause damage to the eyes and affect sight.
What is Diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is when high levels of blood sugar thin the walls of the blood vessels and create a tiny amount of blood leakage, and in some cases fat and lipids.
For more people with diabetes, this won’t cause an issue but if the leakage covers the central part of the retina is can create a degree of sight loss, as this is where most of our detailed vision comes from.
See us immediately if you have symptoms
We would always advise all people, especially those with diabetes, to have regular sight checks and if you have any issues with your eyes to come and see us immediately