Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes affects just under 1 in 20 people in the UK that means roughly 2.5 million people are affected by diabetes in this country. By the time a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is made around 1 in 5 patients will already have some level of diabetic eye disease. It is thought however that with early identification and expert treatment severe sight loss can be prevented in over 90% of patients.
Diabetes related eye problems are a major cause of reduced eyesight in a wide age range. Diabetes is generally thought to be the most common cause of significantly reduced eyesight in people of working age and the second most common cause of significant eyesight reduction in people in the retirement age group.
It’s also generally accepted that the burden of diabetes in the western hemisphere and in developed nations is growing at an alarming rate so the impact of diabetes on eye health is likely to grow in the years ahead.
Although not all diabetic eye disease can be prevented we do now know that patient education together with excellent diabetes control plays a major role in helping to reduce the likelihood of serious diabetic eye disease developing.
At Bettersight Eye Consultancy we have a amassed a wealth of experience in managing patients with complex diabetes related eye problems and are always happy to provide our expertise in the most appropriate way that we can.