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.
Complications from diabetes come from damage to tiny blood vessels. The risk to your vision can come from excessive bleeding causing scarring of the retina, or from vessel blockage causing a loss of blood flow. Regular eye inspections can detect signs of blood vessel damage (retinopathy), and early intervention can minimise the impact.
The diabetes eye test is similar to our comprehensive eye test procedure, taking approximately 40 minutes. A copy of the report will be forwarded to your doctor, and we are able to refer you to an eye specialist if retinopathy is detected.
What happens during the test?
- We will measure your vision and focus
- We will perform a comprehensive health assessment to check for any signs of blood vessel damage
- We will record digital images of the front and back of your eyes as a baseline reference for future comparison
Please note: the 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 at the end of these examinations, and recommend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.