It is National Diabetes Week and Macular Disease Foundation Australia is warning that everyone with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic eye disease. The most common form of diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy (DR) and it is a major cause of vision loss and blindness in working age and older Australians (Diabetes Australia, 2015).
This year Diabetes Australia is running a 'Heads Up' campaign, highlighting the mental and emotional health impact of living with diabetes. The constant stress of monitoring your diabeties can lead to anxiety and burnout. If you're struggling with the physiological impact of diabetes, visit Diabetes Australia.
The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the likelihood of diabetic eye disease. However, many cases of vision loss from DR can be prevented with regular eye exams, careful management of diabetes, medication and – in some cases – treatment with injections and / or laser. MDFA also has free information booklets on reducing the risk of diabetic eye disease and living with diabetic eye disease that you can order. Order online or call our National Helpline on 1800 111 709.