We are proud to be a part of the East Anglian Diabetic Eye Screening Services and offer Diabetic Screening services to all of our diabetic patients.
Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care and management. Our thorough screening appointments are conducted by qualified professionals.
Diabetes and the Eye
People with diabetes are at risk of damage to the back of the eye caused by diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels which leak blood at the back of the eye affecting the part called the retina. If not monitored and treated it can lead to sight loss.
What does Diabetic Screening involve?
The full diabetic eye test will take anywhere between 30-45 minutes. A full eye examination will be carried out, followed by the retinopathy screening. Your optometrist will insert drops into your eye which will widen or dilate your pupils. This makes it easier for your Optometrist to see the different parts of the eye. The drops will take about 15 minutes to fully dilate your pupils. You can relax whilst this happens.
Your optometrist will then call you back into the examination room to take photographs of the back of the eye using a specialised camera. Your results will then be sent to a central administration department where they will be analysed before you receive an official letter with your results.
What happens afterwards?
If your eyes are healthy and your diabetes is well controlled, then you can expect the optometrist to review you annually. However, if your diabetes requires closer monitoring or your eyes are being affected, then closer monitoring by your optometrist or at the hospital eye department may be required. Your optometrist will advise you of this accordingly.
Tips to keep your diabetes under control
If your diabetes is well controlled, this can help to safeguard your eye health. The following tips will advise some efficient ways in which to stay in control of your diabetes.
Know your Diabetes Type, learn more about it and take it seriously
Monitor and keep control of your blood glucose (HbA1c)
Monitor and keep control of your blood pressure and cholesterol
Keep in touch with your healthcare team e.g doctor, nurse, optometrist, dentist, chiropodist
Reduce alcohol intake