How can diabetes affect my eyes?
What are diabetic retinopathy and diabetic maculopathy?
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic maculopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy varies from mild to severe, as does diabetic maculopathy. Accordingly, patients may notice nothing, mildly blurred vision, or severe loss of vision.
What is the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic maculopathy?
Mild disease does not need treatment, but yearly review is very important, as retinopathy can progress unnoticed.
If you have more severe disease Professor Jackson will most likely suggest you book an appointment more frequently, based on the severity of your retinopathy.
Treatment may involve laser treatment to the retina or macula, injections into the eye (either anti-VEGF drugs or a steroid implant), or occasionally surgery.
Further information about diabetic eye disease and its management can be found in the patient information leaflet.