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    How can diabetic retinopathy be prevented in someone with diabetes?

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    Sonia Romm

    Optometrist

    I am a behavioural optometrist with over 15 years experience in full-scope optometric patient care: examination for diabetis, glaucoma, macular degeneration, children's vision and vision … View Profile

    Diabetes affects vascular supply to the eye. If sugar levels are frequently elevated it can affect oxygen supply to the retinal blood supply. It can cause blood vessels to bleed or to form new cappilaries which can cause bleeding at the back of the eye. The best way to ensure that your eyes remain healthy is to control diabetes very well and have regular dilated fundus examination.

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    Eden Kwok

    Optometrist

    I am an optometrist at OPSM Midland Gate I have an interest in contact lens practice, ocular therapeutics, and paediatric optometry View Profile

    Studies have shown that the best predictor of diabetic retinopathy and major risk factor is the duration of diabetes.

    However, the best thing that you can do to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy is to keep a good control over your sugar levels - and this is something that can be achieved together with your GP and diabetes instructor.

  • Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinleefracp/ I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    Excellent answers above, thank you.

    In addition to optimising glycemic control, blood pressure and metabolic profiles, there may also be role of medications in preventing progression of diabetic retinopathy in T2D.

    It is not an appropriate forum to discuss about use of medication, therefore it is generally advisable that you see your GP for further discussion.

    Regards,

    Dr Kevin Lee
    BSc(Med), MBBS, MHS(Clin Epi), FRACP
    Consultant Physician Endocrinologist

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