Diabetic Eye Disease
Technology, Risks and Benefits
How do we treat Diabetic Eye Disease?
Diabetic disease of the eye comes in several forms. Each one of these forms requires different and specialised treatments tailored to you. At NQ Eye specialists we realise that diabetes is not a condition of your eyes, but a disease of the whole body. We aim to form part of the broader team of health professionals helping you fight the effects of this disease.
What technology is used in the treatment of Diabetic Eye Disease?
Commonly a diabetic eye check will mean specialised investigations of your eye to monitor any progression of the disease and guide specific treatments for you. Your diabetic eye check we will often perform retinal photography, OCT scans of your retina and occasionally a retinal angiography as well. All these tools give us critical analysis in the ongoing management of your condition.
What are the risks of Diabetic Eye Disease, if any?
Diabetic eye disease can sneak up on you. It is important to realise that just because you can see well doesn’t mean the diabetes isn’t compromising your eyes. Diabetes attacks the blood vessels and nerves in the body and it does exactly the same thing in the eyes. The symptoms can be subtle and often don’t effect your vision until very late in the disease process. Importantly the eyes provide excellent insight into how the rest of your body is going. If the blood vessels in your eyes are damaged, there’s a reasonably strong chance that the blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged too – the only difference is that we can see the blood vessels in the back of the eyes.
The main risks occur in Diabetic Eye Disease if you are not vigilant in the constant assessment and management of your disease. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
What are the benefits of Diabetic Eye Disease treatment?
Our aim is to help you manage the effects of diabetes as part of your treatment team. We will speak directly with your GP, endocrinologist, dietician and nurse to ensure the best outcomes and keep everyone informed. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to lose your vision. We can help you to keep eyes in the best shape possible to ensure you continue to see who and what is important to you.