HOW CAN DIABETES AFFECT YOUR EYES?
Having diabetes means you’re more at risk of eye problems called diabetic retinopathy and this can lead to sight loss if left untreated.
Inside your eye there are lots of important blood vessels that supply blood to your retina, the seeing part of your eye.
If these blood vessels are damaged by high blood sugar, then your retina cannot get the blood it needs and can lead to damage to your eyesight.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A RETINAL SCREENING?
Retinopathy doesn’t show any symptoms in the early stage so it’s important to attend a regular eye screening that can spot it early. The sooner it is picked up, the faster treatment can begin to prevent it from progressing to a stage where it’s more difficult to treat.
Harris Opticians are able to provide regular retinal screenings on behalf of your NHS healthcare provider.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A DIABETIC SCREENING APPOINTMENT
Our qualified optometrist will start by carrying out a quick assessment of your eyes. Then we will put eye drops into your eyes to make your pupils bigger, which helps us to take a photograph of the back of your retina.
These eye drops may sting but the screening as a whole should not be painful. Your eyes will be blurry for about 15 minutes after the drops. We advise not to drive after your appointment so make sure you arrange a suitable transport home afterwards. You may also want to bring some sunglasses with you as the light may temporarily appear brighter.
The whole appointment will last approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
You will receive a letter with the results of your appointment within six weeks.