Western Leader : Western Leader 2nd November
16 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 3220948AB ADVERTISEMENT Health Matters The HealthWEST PHO Diabetes Eye Screening ser vice is free for anybody who has Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2 and who lives (or works) in the Waitakere area. Damage to your eyes can occur without your noticing any major changes to your eyesight. If you are diagnosed with diabetes it is important you have your eyes checked at least every two years. These checks can find any changes in your eyes (which could le ad to blindness) and you may be referred for further treatment to prevent more damage. Regular eye checks are important. If the retina (thin tissue on the back surface of the eye) is damaged (retinopathy) then the things you look at (images) cannot get to your brain for you to "see". If the damaged area is significant, you may have difficulty reading, watching TV, driving, cooking meals or watching your whanau play and grow up. What does the damage do? The retina receives light and helps us to "see" what we are looking at. In the early stages of damage occurring (due to diabetes) there may be a small amount of bleeding from the small damaged blood vessels in your eye, this causes problems to the retina. As the damage tries to repair itself new blood vessels replace the damaged ones and this can cause scar tissue to form on the back of the eye, or it may cause the retina to "break away" (detach) from the surface it is attached to. This can lead to loss of part, or all, of your vision/eyesight. You are more at risk if: • You have had diabetes for a long time • You have had high blood sugar levels over a long time • You also have high blood pressure, which is not controlled with weight loss or medication • You become pregnant • You don't t ake your prescribed diabetes medicine (insulin or tablets) regularly What is screening and what happens? The Nurse talks with you first and checks your medications, checks your eyesight (with your glasses on if you wear them), and puts some special drops into your eyes to help the camera see into the back of the retina. You will then be asked to sit in front of a special camera in a darkened room and a screener takes a photo of your retina . The screening only takes a few minutes and doesn't hurt. The screener may be able to tell you about the results straight away, or, in some cases, the photos may need to be reviewed by the specialist.. Eye damage, due to diabetes, is one of the main causes of blindness in working aged people with diabetes who have not been diagnosed, or those who don't take their medication properly. Treatment Treatment may be given by specialists, called Ophthalmologists, at Wait akere Hospital or Greenlane Hospital. One way to treat the damage is with laser therapy, which is very effective and safe, but this needs to be done before too much damage has occurred. Laser therapy cannot give you back your eyesight once you are blind. Protection against Diabetic Eye Damage • Once you're diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor or nurse should refer you to the retinal screening service, which holds free clinics at Massey, Ranui, Te Atatu, Glen Eden and at Waitakere Hospital. You may be given another appointment for continued screening or the retinal screener can refer you to a specialist for further assessment and possible treatment if needed. • Important protection : reducing weight, reducing blood pressure and managing your blood sugar levels. Ask for referral to the Diabetes Self Management courses (Maori & Pacific cultural courses are available too) • Also impor tant is regular exercise to maintain a good weight, stop smoking and having regular check-ups with your doctor or nurse for your blood pressure and taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. • 2 yearly retinal screening is another important protection, as the team can advise you on how to prevent further damage. • HealthWEST PHO's retinal screening ser vice is FREE and easy to get to. • Our staff are friendly, supportive and happy to answer any questions about your screening at any time. They are there to help you. Please see your doctor if you have diabetes, and haven't been referred to the retinal screening ser vice already. If you have missed an appointment please contact our Clinic Coordinator on (09) 838 1703 for a new time and date. 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