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    What is diabetic retinopathy?

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  • Rowan has over ten years experience as an optometrist and since graduation from Melbourne University has worked throughout Australia and in the UK, in all … View Profile

    Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the retina at the back of the eye becomes gradually functionally impaired.  It begins in the walls of the tiny blood vessels of the retina.  Pericyte damage causes the blood vessels to pouch outwards (micro-aneurysm) or actually leak blood (haemorrhage).  This can lead to nerve fibre damage or new blood vessel growth which may effect sight through swelling or distortion of the retina.

    Diabetic retinopathy does not initially cause visual symptoms and it is recommended that all individuals with diabetes have their eyes examined annually so that their optometrist can check for early signs of diabetic changes.  Eye checks can be conveniently booked online at

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