Diabetic Eye Disease

Screening and treatment of diabetic eye disease is carried out at Victorian Eye Surgeons. Diabetes affects blood vessels at the back of the eye. This is known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can cause loss of vision in two ways. Firstly, there can be leakage of fluid at the centre of the eye. This is known as macula oedema. Secondly, it can also cause blood vessels to block leading to the formation of abnormal new vessels that can bleed spontaneously.

Diabetic Treatment


Treatment of diabetic eye disease starts with good blood glucose control and regular screening. Studies have shown that the duration of the condition and the quality of blood glucose control are important risk factors for the development of diabetic eye disease.

Treatment may involve laser treatment, intraocular drugs and occasionally surgery may be necessary. The use of some medications other than those that control blood glucose levels have also been shown to reduce the risk of progression to significant diabetic eye disease.

Your ophthalmologist at Victorian Eye Surgeons can discuss screening and treatment options with you.

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