Fifteen years after diagnosis, almost half of those with diabetes will have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the small blood vessels of the retina.
Early detection and treatment can prevent 98% of severe loss vision loss.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a form of diabetic eye disease causing the small blood vessels of the retina to leak and bleed inside your eye. If you have suffered from Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes for many years, and / or you have kidney disease, then you have a far greater risk of developing Diabetic Retinopathy.
The diagnosis, monitoring, management and treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy is a complex and specialised part of our practice here at Australian Eye Care. A consultation with our Ophthalmic Surgeon, Dr Goodrich will include a detailed examination of your whole eye and retina, and will incorporate advanced imaging techniques that will help to assess your condition and guide your treatment. Depending on the outcome of your consult, your management plan may incorporate a variety of treatment options to assist you, which may stabilise and even improve your vision.
At Australian Eye Care we also have a referral portal, Medinexus, that assists with communicating the results of your eye assessments and treatments with your referring family doctor and diabetes specialist. Factors such as your blood sugar control, high blood pressure, blood count and kidney disease can affect the severity and stability of diabetic retinopathy so Medinexus forms an integral part of our holistic and collaborative patient care system here at Australian Eye Care.