Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disorder of the retina that eventually develops to some degree in nearly all patients with long-standing diabetes mellitus.

Visual deterioration results mainly from macular oedema (fluid at the back of the eye), macular ischaemia (impaired delivery of oxygen and nutrients at the back of the eye), bleeding inside the eye and distortion or detachment of the retina.

Early detection of eye problems in patients with diabetes enable timely treatment which can result in preservation of vision. Treatment options may include administration of avastin and/or retinal laser both of which can be performed in-house at Dr Ioannides Laser Eye Clinic.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London recommends that all patients with diabetes over the age of 12 should have their eyes tested by an eye-care professional at least once every year.