Can I prevent diabetic retinopathy?

The overall principles of management of any diabetic disease whether it’s eye disease, kidney disease, or heart disease is good long-term control.

I wouldn’t worry if you are diagnosed with mild diabetic retinopathy, it is not a death sentence for your eye. With an overall focus on good control of your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, you can modify the course for the better.

If I would give you a personal example of risk: being Asian, I’m at high risk of developing diabetes, it’s a genetic predisposition. A family history is something I cannot modify, and as I get older, my risk is considered to increase as well. These are risk factors that I cannot modify, but I can control my overall fitness level by weight, by the nutrition.

If I developed diabetes, I would want to make sure that I took the best control of my blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It’s important not to ignore taking your medication as indicated. Some medications can make people feel bad, and they stop taking it. It’s better to seek advice from your doctor and find the tablet or regime that works best for you.

It’s overall success in the long term that’s of importance in modifying the course of diabetes. This will normally require a team approach and that team is available to you through specialist nurses, doctors, eye doctors, and endocrinologist, etc.

It’s a long-term success that matters in diabetic eye disease management, and this may require input from a multidisciplinary team such as an eye specialist, an endocrinologist, a nutritionist and nurse diabetic specialist. Therefore, I work with all of these specialists to make sure that my patients have an all-rounded experience in their care.