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Diabetes Services

There are a number of services that can help you when it comes to looking after yourself if you have diabetes.

Routine care

The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by the Practice Diabetes Team.

We like to see all people with diabetes twice a year, once during their annual health check and again 6 months later.

You will receive an invite for both the annual health check and normally a 6 month review. Both of the appointments will be with a Nurse and you will need to have a blood test before each appointment.

There are times when you will need to be seen more often than twice a year, for example after you are first diagnosed or if problems are detected during one of the routine reviews. We arrange these additional reviews as needed and they may be with either a Nurse or one of the Doctors.

The Practice Team

The Practice Nurse and your GP will usually provide this service with assistance from other Healthcare Professionals. Please check with your Practice for clinic times.

Specialist care

If there is a particular problem identified with your diabetes care that we cannot help you with within the Practice, then we will refer you to a specialist service.

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Are You Living With Diabetes, And Expecting A Baby ?


IF YOU ARE, YOUR  EYESIGHT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU, YOUR BABY AND YOUR FAMILY. YOUR LOCAL DIABETIC EYE SCREENING PROGRAMME IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU.


Did you know?

You can call Greater Manchester South Diabetic Eye Screening Programme to notify them that you are pregnant
 
Once they are aware you are pregnant you should have your first screening within 6 weeks.
 
During your pregnancy, you will need more frequent eye screening
 
You can easily re-arrange your appointment for a more convenient time/venue.

All contact numbers are below 👇

TO BOOK/CHANGE AN EYE SCREENING APPOINTMENT:  0161 464 3000
TO DISCUSS EYE SCREENING RESULTS/REFERRALS:  0161 464 3002
GENERAL EYE SCREENING ENQUIRIES: 0161 464 3001
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gmsouthdesp
 

Patient Information Factsheet

Pregnancy and Diabetic Eye Disease

Why should I have retinal photographs during my pregnancy?

Pregnancy can sometimes cause rapid progression of diabetic retinopathy, the condition affecting small blood vessels in the retina.  Retinal photographs can detect these changes early and ensure prompt referral if you need treatment.

Who is at risk of getting worsening retinopathy during pregnancy?

Nearly four out of ten people with diabetes have some retinopathy, usually mild. Women who already have retinopathy, poor diabetic control or a history of recent poor control are at greater risk. The more severe the retinopathy is at the start of the pregnancy, the greater the chance of it worsening. In some cases, these changes need laser treatment.

Rapid improvement in diabetic control (which may be necessary for you or your baby’s health) and high blood pressure (including high blood pressure with the pregnancy) may also be associated with worsening of retinopathy.

What can I do to help prevent my eyes from deteriorating during my pregnancy?

You can reduce the chance of any retinopathy developing or progressing by keeping good control of your diabetes and blood pressure and not smoking during your pregnancy.

I have my annual screening retinal photographs so why do I need to have extra pictures during my pregnancy?

Retinopathy can deteriorate rapidly during pregnancy, so it is important to have pictures taken during each trimester to pick up any changes promptly.

I had no retinopathy at my last screening photographs. Am I likely to develop sight threatening problems during my pregnancy?

If you have no retinopathy, have good diabetic control in the past and during the pregnancy, and have a low HbA1c then the chances of developing severe problems during your pregnancy are low.

I had mild background diabetic retinopathy at my last screening photographs. What does this mean for my pregnancy?

You need to have retinal photographs taken in each trimester of your pregnancy to look for any worsening. Background retinopathy will show a few more changes in half of pregnant women with diabetes but improves afterwards. If the retinopathy progresses significantly, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist (a specialist eye doctor) for further assessment.

I am under the care of an ophthalmologist (a specialist eye doctor) for diabetic eye disease. What should I do now I am pregnant?

Please contact your ophthalmologist and inform them that you are pregnant, you will need to be seen three times during your pregnancy and shortly after delivery.

Can diabetes and pregnancy affect the eye in other ways?

Pre-existing eye disease may be worsened or helped by pregnancy. Discuss this with your eye specialist or diabetes doctor. Some women find they are intolerant of contact lens wear during pregnancy.

Drops are sometimes used to dilate the pupils during retinal photography and for assessment and treatment by the ophthalmologist. Is this safe during pregnancy?

Local anaesthetic and dilating drops are not harmful to the baby so can be used safely.

How is diabetic retinopathy treated and is this safe during pregnancy?

Diabetic retinopathy is treated with laser. This is safe to perform during pregnancy

What should I do now?

You can contact the Greater Manchester South Diabetic Eye Screening programme via the number below. They will arrange appointments for photographs to be taken in each trimester at a location convenient for you. If you are under the care of an Hospital Eye Service, please let them know you are pregnant so that they can arrange for you to be seen regularly. It is important you keep your appointments to have your eyes checked.