Diabetes Eye Test/Partner
De Jongh Optometry
We offer this Service via our partner optometrists who are fully trained and specialise in Diabetes Eye Care.
Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not treated.
This occurs when diabetes affects the small blood vessels, damaging the retina, when the blood vessels in the central area of the retina are affected, it is referred to as diabetic Maculopathy.
Why Do I Need Eye Screening?
If you have diabetes, see see an optician every two years for an eye test. Screening is a way of detecting the condition early before you notice changes to your vision. Diabetic retinopathy does not show any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. If detected early on, treatment can stop from it becoming worse.
Every person over the age of 10 with diabetes should go for regular screening.
The consolation takes an hour and a half, the back of the eyes are checked, whereby photographs of the retina are taken.
What Should I Bring To The Screening?
Bring all the glasses and contact lenses you wear, along with lens solution for contacts.
If you experience vision loss between screenings, don’t wait for your next appointment, go ahead and call us to arrange an Emergency Appointment for you.
What Happens During A Diabetic Eye Screening?
When you arrive a practitioner will explain the procedure to you, you will be given eye drops to enlarge the pupils of your eye, this takes 15 – 20 minutes and photographs of your retina will be taken.
The eye drops may cause your eyes to sting slightly, after 15 minutes your vision will be blurred, you may find it difficult to focus on objects that are close to you. The blurring can last between two and six hours, you will need to bring someone with you to your appointment to drive you home. Bring a pair of sunglasses as you will find that everything looks too bright after the screening procedure.
Please call us ahead to Book this appointment for you.
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