Diabetes Awareness Week

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Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition, around 1.7 million people in Australia have diabetes today. Despite this, many of us are still unaware of the damage diabetes can do to our eye health. Diabetes may cause diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when high blood sugar damages the fine blood vessels of the eye which may lead to, bleeding, swelling and inflammation. Untreated, it can cause vision loss or even blindness.

At OPSM, our Ultra Wide Retinal Scanners capture 80% of your retina, so we can detect and monitor diabetic retinopathy sooner. With early detection, we can start treatment and slow the onset of symptoms. Over 90% of new cases can be reduced with proper treatment and appropriate follow up care. Don’t risk something as precious as your eyesight. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or have a family history of diabetes, book an eye an eye test with your optometrist today*. *OPSM recommends that you schedule regular visits with your optometrist based on your eye health needs