What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy affects the retina, which is like the camera film of the eye. This is a disease of the small blood vessels supplying the retina. The vessels close prematurely, leak blood or fat or grow abnormally. These vascular changes are occurring within all the body’s organs in a diabetic patient and may lead to high blood pressure, numbness in the feet, kidney failure, strokes and heart attacks.
Fortunately, your ophthalmologist at Metwest Eye Centre can view these vessels directly and painlessly within the eye and can predict the health of the other organs. Once diabetes is diagnosed it is important for the eyes to be examined regularly for diabetic retinopathy. This is useful not only in preventing blindness, but also to help your doctors keep your general health at its best.
Our specialists can take direct and pain free images of the vessels in your eyes