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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy Diabetes is a condition that can affect the eye in a number of ways, people with diabetes are at a higher risk of cataracts and glaucoma, especially if they are aged 40 or over. The most serious condition associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. What is diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy occurs when some of the capillaries located at the back of the eye (the retina) become blocked and leaky, with time they will become fragile and tend to hemorrhage. There are 3 main stages of diabetic retinopathy which are graded by how serious the condition is. Stage 1 – Background diabetic retinopathy In the first stage blood vessels in the retina are only very mildly affected, they may bulge slightly, leak blood or fluid but your vision will probably remain normal with no threat to your sight. Stage 2 – Maculopathy Over time if the background diabetic retinopathy becomes more severe, this leads to maculopathy which means the macula (an important area in the middle of the retina which controls central vision) is now affected. The main symptom at this stage is a gradual loss of central vision, although your peripheral vision (side vision) will be preserved Continue reading >>

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  1. lucy123

    Hi
    I just read on another site something about free eye tests and money off specs? How does that work then?
    I haven't been told anything by my GP.
    Does this go for d/e controlled t2 also?

  2. Steff

    As far as im aware if you can get a look at an hc11 form i think it is that will help you find out more.

  3. Caroline

    As far as I know if you are on diabetes medication you get a medical exemption certificate (the form comes from your GPs surgery, you fill it in and doc countersigns it, (ask the nurse or receptionist).
    If you have a medical exemption certificate you get free sight tests and money of some glasses.

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