Diabetes and Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, a problem concerning the blood vessels in the retina, is the most common cause of vision loss in diabetic individuals and without regular eye examinations it can often be identified too late. This situation can be avoided with early detection and treatment and a robust program of follow up care.

At present Diabetes UK estimates that more than 1,700 people have their sight seriously affected by their diabetes every year in the UK, and it is noted that diabetes is responsible for 5% of all sight loss in the UK.

For this reason diabetic individuals should undergo a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year in order to monitor any changes in their eyesight.

What should you look out for?

Retinopathy has no obvious symptoms in the early stages and a lot of damage can be done before someone notices any sight loss.

Therefore everyone with diabetes should have a photograph taken of the back of their eyes regularly, and every year if any damage is detected.

Delayed diagnosis

A diagnosis of any complication resulting from diabetes can be difficult to deal with for the patient and his or her family.  The news can be even more devastating if the diagnosis could potentially have been made earlier and further, that an earlier diagnosis could have made a significant difference to the chances of the patient getting better.

Delays in diagnosis may arise where particular symptoms are ignored or dismissed, the necessary tests are not conducted in good time or are not interpreted and acted on appropriately.

If you are experiencing any issues with your eyesight it is of the utmost importance that you contact your doctor as a matter or urgency so they can arrange for review by specialists, as with problems of this nature time is of the essence when it comes to avoiding more serious harm from occurring.

How to start a claim

Our team at Royds Withy King has been developed with patients in mind and each member has a specialist knowledge of the condition of the diabetic individual and how the quality of their vision can be impacted when due care hasn’t been taken.  If you feel this has happened to you, our team can advise you on what to do next.

Of course, we recognise that money can never truly compensate you or your family for what you have gone through, but it can make a big difference. A compensation claim will take into account any loss of earnings or other financial expenses that you have incurred because of the negligence, and of particular relevance to a diabetic patient the costs of any future care required.

Call or email us and one of our specialists will be more than happy to discuss your situation and assess whether we are able to be of assistance to you.


Contact us to speak to a member of our specialist medical negligence team today.