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Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic Retinopathy

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What is the NDIS? 

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS is here to help you achieve your goals and it is focused around enabling you to live your life. Vision Australia can provide support to you throughout every stage of the NDIS process.

How can Vision Australia help?


    Vision Australia can help you work through your requirements so you can know what’s available and get what you need to achieve your goals


    You can access whatever level of support you need throughout your NDIS planning process, with access to a Vision Australia staff member at any stage


    Vision Australia is a registered NDIS provider and the leading organisation for people who are blind or have low vision. They will be there for every step of the NDIS process.

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Contact us early and get the support you need. For more information on Vision Australia’s services call our helpline on O2 9053 4581 or email You can also connect with our services here

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes which can damage the tiny blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye. This can cause bleeding and swelling in the retina and seriously affect vision, and in some cases cause blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people of working age in Australia.

What are the common symptoms?

There may be no symptoms in the early stages as the damaged areas may only affect the edge of the retina. There may be blurred or distorted vision that makes it difficult to read standard print, watch television or see people’s faces. There may be increased sensitivity to glare and difficulty seeing at night. Peripheral vision may be affected so that driving is no longer possible and there may be an increased risk of falls.

Diabetic Retinopathy Factsheet 

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia and has provided support to over 27,500 people nationally.

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