July sees National Diabetes Awareness Week, so we are highlighting the importance of eye exams to prevent complications form diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common complication of diabetes. It is a series of changes in the blood vessels of the retina at the back of the eye that can cause bleeding and fluid leakage/swelling. This can cause sight threatening complications. Both Type 1 and 2 diabetics are at risk of developing DR. About 700 000 Australians have diabetes. Between 40-45% of all diagnosed diabetics have some degree of DR.
Diabetes week runs next week from July 10-17. www.diabetesaustralia.com.au