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Andrew Watkins Optometrist
Shop CG 5, Ground floor
Canberra Center, City Walk
Canberra, ACT 2606

Phone: 02 6247 7705

Practice hours
Monday - Thursday
8.30 am - 5.30 pm
8.30 am - 7.30 pm
8.30 am - 1.00 pm
Sunday - Closed

We unconditionally guarantee the workmanship and quality of our lenses and frames for 2 years from the date of purchase, if due to a manufacturing fault.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a long-term (chronic) condition in which blood glucose levels become too high because the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use insulin properly. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. If diabetes is not controlled, it can lead to numerous complications including nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease and damage to the eyes (retinopathy).


Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the eye which can lead to blindness if not detected early. If your blood glucose levels become high the small blood vessels at the back of your eyes can become damaged resulting in small bleeds and reduced oxygen supply to the back of the eye. When there is not enough oxygen to supply the lining of the eye new blood vessels often begin to grow. These new blood vessels are fragile and often leak causing further bleeding inside the eye.


  • There are no symptoms in the early stages

Reduce your risk:

  • By keeping your blood glucose levels within the target range as recommended by your doctor, the development of complications is significantly reduced
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have a regular annual dilated eye examination


  • Any early signs of retinopathy will be monitored closely or referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment with laser, medical therapy, or occasionally surgery to reduce the risk of permanent vision loss

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