You can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by doing the following.
• Closely managing your diabetes, including checking your blood glucose.
• Attending your diabetes appointments and seeing your GP regularly to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
• Taking your medication as prescribed.
• Attending your diabetic eye-screening appointments.
• Not smoking. For advice and support, or to find your local stop smoking service, visit Help Me Quit
• Talking to your optician or doctor if you notice any changes to your eyesight.
• Eating well, taking regular exercise and limiting your alcohol intake.
Remember: eye screening is part of managing your diabetes and diabetic retinopathy is treatable, especially if it is caught early.
This programme only identifies diabetic retinopathy. You will still need to be seen by an optician for regular eye tests.
Contact your GP or optician if you develop any problems with your eyes or your vision. Please do not wait for your next eye screening appointment.
Some signs to look out for include: