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    How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

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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

    Diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy is made by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Special eye drops are used to dilate the pupils so that the retina at the back of the eye can be examined. We usually recommend that you do not drive afterwards because these special eye drops can affect your vision and increase glare sensitivity afterwards for at least a few hours.


    The signs that we look for are signs of damage to the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye. Some of the theseĀ are microaneurysms, bleeding, signs of leaking blood vessels, or new vessel formation.

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