Our 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.
High blood sugar levels can cause issues
Diabetic retinopathy is caused when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels back of the eye, which can become thinner when someone is suffering from diabetes. In serious cases, this can cause leakages of either small spots of blood on the retina or fats and lipids.
Get checked regularly
For many patients, this won’t cause any problems, but if the leaking is quite near the centre of the retina, where most of our detailed vision comes from, it can cause some degree of vision loss.
If we see those early changes near that part of the retina we would refer those patients on for further investigation and treatment.