World Diabetes Day: Early detection is key

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Blurry Vision – What you need to know?

Bringing attention to National Diabetes Month, where every year of November we express the importance of managing health problems linked to diabetes including; heart attacks, amputations, stroke, kidney disease and vision loss. Spreading support for the disease, you can share your story on our Facebook and Twitter page to get involved with helping others manage it. 
At Eye Emporium focusing on diagnoses is extremely important, here we are able to offer in-depth eye tests, where we can help detect the early stages of eye conditions related to the disease for better treatment by referring you to the GP. With our ability to perform pressure tests and dilation’s to observe the inner parts of your eye to identify potential issues. Providing photo’s on the back of the eyes can also help detect any abnormalities. 
Blurry vision is also a key warning signs of diabetes, and insulin treatment can also cause a shift in vision as a result of shifting fluids however, this should be due to resolve after a few weeks. Many reasons people experience problems with their vision during diabetes is because fluid is leaking into the lenses of the eye, as a result swelling occurs which makes it hard for the individual to focus.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a medical term that describes eye disorders caused by diabetes. Affecting the blood vessels in the eye, also associated with macular edema and proliferative retinopathy, causing floaters, colour changes or trouble with night vision. In many cases this can fade over time and improve through various treatments that lower and stabilise your sugar levels. Those who do require glasses may need to wait before proper diagnoses from the GP, as your vision is subjected to changes over the period.
Education around the disease is extremely important, with healthy eating, regular, regular medicine exercise and regularly testing your blood sugar levels can profit in managing the problems in the future. With the three types of Diabetes, proper management is key to preventing further development into Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 1:diabeted-retinophathy
  • The body does not make insulin 
Type 2:
  • The body does not use insulin very well and is unable to keep up with blood sugar levels
Risks factors to be aware of:
  • Being over weight
  • Sibling and family with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Over 45


Learning to manage diabetes should be a life-long commitment and as you get older management must be maintained. As negligence can create higher risks of blindness and eye problems including, Diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels in the retina), cataracts and glaucoma. 
Vision can fluctuate during the early stages of diabetes, don”t wait till vision deteriorates to get your eyes tested. By monitoring your diabetes this can also reduce sight loss. Diagnoses performed at an early stage can increase the possibility of treatment. Smoking is also known to increase blood pressure, by quitting you can reduce the risks of nerve damage and reducing sugar intake which can all lead to diabetic retinopathy.  
Diabetics should have your sight tested on a yearly basis, simply book your FREE eye test under the NHS with us by calling 080 020 9202 or simply book online here at your nearest branch. 


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