Diabetes and your eyes

Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in the UK?

Diabetes is a condition which means your blood glucose level is too high. Insulin helps glucose enter the cells in our body so that we can use it as fuel. Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or any at all.

Diabetes makes the little blood vessels at the back of your eyes leak. It may not affect your vision in the early stages but if left untreated can lead to sight loss, which is called diabetic retinopathy.

If you are diabetic you can reduce your chances of developing sight loss due to diabetic retinopathy by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.

Always attend your regular eye examinations and diabetic retinopathy screening appointments when called for. If you notice any other changes with your eyes or vision then please just get in touch.

You can find more information on diabetes at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Diabetes and https://www.diabetes.org.uk.