Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

The term retinopathy covers various disorders of the retina, which can affect vision. Retinopathy is usually due to damage to the tiny blood vessels in the retina. Retinopathy is commonly caused by diabetes, but is sometimes caused by other diseases such as very high blood pressure.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is vital that the back of your eyes is closely looked at, at least once a year.

Cataracts and glaucoma are more common in diabetics but the most serious eye condition associated with diabetes involves the retina and, more specifically, the network of blood vessels within it. The vessels can allow fluid or blood to leak into the retina and damage it. This can result in serious loss of vision. Treatment is available and effective but prevention is even better as any damage from diabetes may be permanent.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and want to know more, please contact one of our surgeons by calling the clinic on 020 7000 3193 or 0800 756 9993 or send us an e-mail reception@londonoc.co.uk for a consultation.

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