Diabetic eye disease
What is diabetic eye disease?
Everyone with diabetes is at risk of diabetes-related visual loss and blindness.
Diabetes is a complex disease characterised by high levels of blood glucose (sugar). Over time, elevated blood glucose levels can affect many parts of your body and damage your blood vessels. Damage to the blood vessels in the retina is called diabetic retinopathy, which may lead to vision loss if not treated.
The severity of diabetic eye disease is greatly influenced by how well blood sugar levels are controlled, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Conditions we treat
How long does it take to recover from treatment?
Laser treatment is performed in the clinic and most patients tolerate treatment well. As drops are needed to dilate your pupils prior to treatment, you will not be able to drive after the procedure for a few hours. The same applies if you are having intravitreal injections.
If you are having a vitrectomy procedure, this is undertaken as day surgery. Recovery usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. If you have air or gas in your eye after a vitrectomy, you will not be able to drive, fly, or ascend to high altitudes until after the gas completely disappears.