Eye Care Advice for Diabetics

August 2021
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Almost every diabetic will experience some form of associated eye disease, yet a large number of New Zealand’s diabetics have never had an eye examination.

All diabetics should have their eyes examined at least every two years. Diabetes can lead to a host of eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Also, many undiagnosed diabetics are often first detected by their optometrist.

Professor Hugh Taylor, deputy co-chair of Vision 2020 Australlia, said that almost 98% of severe vision loss was preventable, provided that diabetics had timely treatment.

It is crucial for people with diabetes to remember that they need to get their eyes examined at least every two years“, said Mr Taylor.

OCT scans are now included in comprehensive eye examinations (age 50 and over) and post-cataract eye examinations. This is a 3D scan of your eye structures in 10 minutes, completely painless and non-invasive! It’s the gold standard for early detection of eye diseases such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Clare Coventry

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