Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. There are two types:
Type 1 diabetes is where your body does not produce any insulin, so insulin injections are needed for the rest of your life. It often develops during the teenage years.
Type 2 diabetes (the most common type) is where your body does not produce enough insulin, or your body’s cells do not react to insulin. It usually affects people over 45 years of age.
Diabetic retinopathy is a possible complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye, known as the retina. If it is not treated, it can lead to vision problems.
Therefore, it is important for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Everyone with diabetes who is 12 years old or over should have their eyes examined once a year for signs of damage.
This is a service we offer at every Pinders practice providing an easy to reach service within the community. All patients who suffer from diabetes will be invited for regular annual screening by the North Nottinghamshire Screening Program. You are not eligible for this service until you have received you appointment letter from the NHS. This appointment is covered by the NHS.