If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes, awareness of the threat of vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy should be known. In fact, the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74 is diabetes. Undiagnosed and unmanaged diabetes can wreak havoc on your eyes in the form of diabetic retinopathy, which is a catch-all diagnosis to describe abnormalities with the blood vessels in the back of the eye. But once your eyesight is lost, it may never be restored. Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with their academic achievements. Local diabetic eye screening programmes should review their registers to ensure that patients who should be recalled for screening are not marked as ‘no longer diabetic’ in their screening programme software systems. It will also be operating a closed booking system using a central administration centre to provide patients with an easy and efficient booking process.
Screening will detect whether you need to be treated in a hospital eye clinic for diabetic retinopathy. However, only 55% reported screening in the previous year. After all the medical history is taken, you will have your vision and eye pressure checked, followed by dilation. Have you experienced any previous eye injuries? This is the popular 20/20 chart exam. Diabetic eye conditions can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.