The above photos show a 37 year old male with type 2 diabetes. He had failed to attend eye examinations and diabetic screenings for numerous years as his vision was “perfect”. He booked this appointment on a whim as he had some time to kill and recalled his GP suggesting a routine check with the local optometrist.
“I don’t need an eye examination, I can see just fine”
The left eye above has 6/6 (20/20) vision and the right eye unfortunately has progressed to a total tractional retinal detachment with the remaining vision Perception of light.
This example is one I hope will highlight the importance of regular eye examinations even when all seems well.
Any Ophthalmologists, Optometrists or eye care professionals please feel free to share this case/images to raise the awareness of regular eye examinations.
Photos and text by the_ig_optom
What causes Diabetic Retinopathy?
Over time, excessive blood glucose levels can lead to blockages in the small blood vessels that feed the retina, causing blood loss to the retina. As a result, the eye tries to create new blood vessels. However, these new blood vessels do not develop well and can easily leak out.