The risks to your vision posed by diabetes is something we take very seriously here at Wills Street Eyecare. Australian guidelines recommend that people with diabetes have a comprehensive eye examination every 1-2 years.
The diabetes eye test is similar to our comprehensive eye test procedure, taking approximately 40 minutes. A report will be forwarded to your doctor, or you will be given a referral to an ophthalmologist if treatment is required.
What happens during the test?
- Your vision and focus will be measured, with glasses prescribed if you need them
- Your eyes will be examined carefully to check for signs of blood vessel damage
- Digital images of the front and back of your eyes will be recorded as a baseline reference for future comparison
- An OCT retinal scan may be recommended to enable detection and diagnosis of changes inside the retina
Please note: A diabetes eye test requires the use of eyedrops to dilate the pupils, which may result in temporary blurry vision and light sensitivity. We advise against driving immediately after these examinations, and recommend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.