Anyone who suffers diabetes should have a diabetic eye disease test. Indeed, the test can uncover the earliest signs of the disease, prompting better control of an individual’s diabetes to prevent vision loss.
Diabetic eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy, is associated with poorly controlled diabetes. In fact it affects almost everyone with Type 1 diabetes and 60% of those with Type 2 diabetes within 20 years of diagnosis.
Early diabetic eye disease usually has no symptoms. It involves small haemorrhages and fluid leaks from the retina at the back of the eye. Later stage disease involves the growth of new and abnormal blood vessels in the retina and other parts of the eye.
If left untreated diabetic eye disease can lead to blindness.