With diabetes being such a common condition in Singapore, diabetic eye disease is also sure to be rather common. Yet, most cases go unnoticed until vision loss is already present.
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye conditions that can affect people with diabetes, as diabetes can cause damage to the eyes in the long run. These conditions include: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular oedema, cataracts and glaucoma.
Diabetic eye screening is used to check for the presence of eye problems caused by diabetes, and they can even detect and treat problems before they affect one’s vision. If you are diabetic, it is generally recommended to schedule a diabetic eye screening annually.
Patients with diabetic eye disease are treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and working together with an endocrinologist to ensure good blood sugar control. Advanced diabetic eye disease may require treatment with medical or laser procedures, eye surgery or a combination of these options.
Your ophthalmologist will be able to create a personalised treatment plan for you, depending on the results of your screening.