Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment in Hobart, Tasmania

Video: Dr. Wise Discusses Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Gordon Wise discusses diabetes and how it effects the eye. Contact his Hobart, Tasmania eye clinic for more information.

Diabetes is a common disease which affects the eye both in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. There is a high incidence of cataract in diabetics. Also, diabetic retinopathy may occur in diabetics. This takes the form of minute haemorrhages which initially occur in the centre of the eye in the macular area and then as the condition gets worse, these can be followed by areas of obstruction to blood flow in the retina. Leakage of fluid into the retina and full scale diabetic retinopathy can occur.

There are a number of different types of diabetic retinopathy and the treatments vary depending upon the type of retinopathy and the effect it is having on the eye.

It is essential for everyone who is diabetic to have their retina checked every two years by an ophthalmologist and, once diabetic retinopathy has occurred, a check every twelve months is considered desirable.

There are multiple different forms of treatment for diabetic retinopathy. Sometimes injections are used in patients who have macular oedema as well as selective laser treatment. The type of treatment used very much depends upon the form that the retinopathy is taking in the individual and is individualised for the particular person.

Tasmanian Eye Clinics has the latest diagnostic equipment for the evaluation of diabetic retinopathy – the Spectralis Wide Field Angiography system. All our doctors are competent in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Our Vitreoretinal surgeon is available when surgical treatment is required in the more advanced cases of diabetic retinopathy where advanced bleeding and other changes have occurred in the eye.

Early prevention is the key to saving sight in diabetics and that is possible by regular review of the fundus of every diabetic on a regular basis.

For additional information on Diabetes Retinopathy, please view our Diabetic Retinopathy Brochure.