Looking after my eyes

  • If you have diabetes, it is likely that you will have some changes to your eyes.
  • Diabetes sometimes causes the focusing ability of the eye to weaken or to vary from day-to-day however; this problem eases when blood glucose levels are stable.
  • Diabetes can also cause vision loss from Diabet Retinopathy (damage to the very small blood vessels on the back of the eye).

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing eye complications which, if left untreated, can lead to poor vision and blindness. However, 98 percent of serious vision loss from diabetes can be prevented with regular eye examinations and early treatment. The earlier the treatment, the better the result.

Early diagnosis of eye disease is essential, as visual loss can be prevented or delayed.

You need to arrange prompt medical assessment if there is any visual deterioration.

It is important that your GP arrange screening and visual acuity examination at diagnosis (according to the medical guidelines).

An optometrist (an allied health professional with a key role in preventing, detecting and managing eye disease and vision problems) may be involved in the ongoing management of your eye health. An optometrist will diagnose and manage diabetes-related eye complications. If changes are detected by your optometrist, this will be reported to your GP and if necessary you will be referred to an ophthalmologist (medical eye specialist) who will be involved if specialised medical care or treatment is required, such as laser surgery or other specialist procedures to improve vision or to prevent loss of vision.

Regular screening needs to be discussed with your GP and is recommended the following:

  • every two years and annually for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: uncomplicated well controlled diabetes  
  • annually: longstanding diabetes, sub optimally controlled diabetes.
  • three to six monthly: established diabetic retinopathy.

All Australians (including people with diabetes) can have a Medicare-funded vision check by an optometrist once every two years, with or without a doctor’s referral.

For more information on your eye health, you can access:

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital Eye Clinic

For treatment of eye conditions only (no screening assessments).

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital Eye Clinic

  • Treatment of eye conditions only (no screening assessments).
  • Referrals accepted from general practitioners, optometrists, and private ophthalmologists.

 Referrals accepted from GPs, optometrists, and private ophthalmologists   via:

  • fax (02) 9722-8398 (Attention to Bankstown Eye Clinic), or
  • phone (02) 9722-8380.

Liverpool Hospital Eye Clinic

Accepts internal referrals from the Diabetes Clinic or Emergency Department, and external referrals from private ophthalmologists. GPs referrals are not accepted at this time.








Refer via:

  • fax (02) 8738 4585, or
  • phone (02) 8738 4598 or (02) 8738 4599.

There is a cost attached for using private specialist services. Check about the cost of service before making an appointment.

Please click on links provided below to find an Ophthalmologist and/or  an Optometrist near you.


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