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Diabetic Eye Tests

Diabetic Eye Tests

  • Why it’s important: Diabetes can cause bleeding and swelling in the retina (the back of the eyes), which if left untreated, can cause     blindness.
  • How often: your GP, endocrinologist or diabetic educator will likely request a diabetic eye test every 1 or 2 years.
  • What’s involved: An eyedrop will be instilled, which will dilate the pupil so that your optometrist can easily view the backs of the eyes. These drops will mean your vision will be blurry and ‘glary’ for a few hours. You will not be permitted to drive for at least 2 hours after the eye test.
  • How long will it take: A full diabetic eye test usually takes around 45 minutes. Sometimes, your optometrist will perform the tests on two separate days.

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