What is diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, also known as diabetes, is a metabolic disorder which causes high blood sugar or blood glucose. Particular hormones are responsible for moving sugar from the blood to your cells where it will be stored and utilized for energy.

When diagnosed with diabetes, your body is unable to produce enough of these hormones or can’t effectively use the produced hormone. If diabetes is left untreated, it may damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys and other organs. Diabetes is a common disease and has important implications for the short-term and long-term health of sufferers. In particular, it can affect the eyes.

Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause changes in the focusing of the crystalline lens within the eye and may cause temporary visual blurring, particularly if diabetic control is poor. Diabetes can also cause cataracts in young people, or accelerate the development of cataracts in older people.

Diabetic retinopathy is when the small blood vessels at the back of the eye start to leak or become blocked. Ultimately this can lead to new blood vessel formation, which can be very destructive.

What are the symptoms related to diabetic retinopathy?
People who have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy may experience the following symptoms, such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Poor night vision
  • Floaters or colourless spots or dark strings which are floating in your vision
  • Colour vision impairment
  • Poor night vision
  • Sudden loss of vision

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
People with diabetes should do a screening examination yearly or more frequently, depending on how the diabetes is controlled. Diabetic retinopathy treatment depends on several factors, including its severity and stage.

Dr Beatty will first ask you to get tighter control of your diabetes mellitus, usually with the help of your physician. Other treatments may include laser treatment (photocoagulation or PRP), anti-VEGF injections and vitrectomy.

Diabetes can also affect other organs. The presence and severity of retinopathy may be an indicator of increased risk of other complications of diabetes such as ischemic heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetic neuropathy (which contributes to male impotence and diabetic foot disease).

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  • Pleased to confirm that I had both my eyes operated for cataracts. This was the best decision ever going for this procedure.
  • Ons is reeds jare pasiente by dr Beatty en ons het intussen afgetree en verhuis. Steeds ry ons vir ons besoeke daarheen en sien elke keer uit om daar te kuier!
  • I wanted you to know that I got my eyes checked and it came out as 20/20! You did a great job. The guy who checked my eyes said whoever did it really knew what they were doing :)   Anyway, thanks for doing such a good job! Glad you were able to open up just in time before we left for the states.  
  • Roger 12/11/20
    I will definitely recommend dr Beatty. I am so happy with my Lasik.
    Roger 12/11/20
  • Mev Botha
    Ek is regtig baie dankbaar en opgewonde om so mooi duidelik te  kan sien. 13/11/2020
    Mev Botha
  • Margaret
    Thank you for always helping me on such short notice. James is the best!
  • Morne
    Julle is 'n great span met die beste dokter.
  • Constance
    Thank you ladies for always being so helpful and friendly:)
  • Lauren
    Doctor Beatty is hands-down one of the best Ophthalmologist I have ever seen in my 35 years of life!
  • Gary
    Such a  privilege to have doctor Beatty  as my Ophthalmologist.
    Ek was besoeker by julle kamers tydens my vakansie in die Kaap. Ek is julle is so dankbaar vir die vinnige hulp en goeie diens.
  • John
    Lovely ladies and best doctor. Love you all and looking forwards seeing you next year for my follow-up.
  • Yolandie
    Altyd so lekker om by julle te gaan kuier en almal is so vriendelik en behulpsaam.
  • Megan
    I am so happy with the results after I had Lasik done. Best money spent ever.
  • Zelda
    Thank you doctor Beatty and staff for your good service and for you all being so friendly:)
  • Best decision and results after I had my Lasik done by doctor Beatty!
  • Always looking forward seeing doctor Beatty for my check-up once a year.
  • Thom
    I could not believe my eyes!
  • Barry
    Very impressed with Dr Beatty, the hospital and aftercare was excellent.
  • Alma
    Julle dames lag altyd, so lekker om hierheen te kom! Puik diens.
  • Mr "A"
    Thank you for professional service and excellent aftercare.
    Mr "A"
  • Johann
    Julle diens is uitstekend en almal is altyd baie vriendelik.
  • Rene van Tonder

    I have been a patient of Dr Beatty since 25 April 2013. I then followed him after moving practice to the new building in Paardevlei and I have not looked back.

    At Somerset Eye Clinic, vision becomes a reality. Though advanced imaging and state-of-the-art technology, Dr Beatty diagnosed my eye problem timeously, thereby arrested the disease in it's earliest stages. Dr Beatty also practices the most sophisticated surgical techniques for the treatment of patients and remains on par with international research and developments in the field of ophthalmology.

    The dedicated team of ophthalmic assistants and administrators are handpicked to optimise practice management, functioning and patient care. Visiting Dr Beatty's practice feels like dealing with trusted, loyal family. Dr Beatty's gentle, patient, kind and caring manner, fosters patient loyalty, respect and long-term engagement.

    I am a strong advocate for his practice and a patient for life.

    Rene van Tonder
  • Pieter Moelich

    I was lucky enough to find Dr Beatty via a referral and I would refer him to anyone interested in Lasik / PRK eye surgery. The entire experience, which can be scary, was really pleasant with his and his staffs professional advise and care before, during and after the surgery. I am very thankful to be able to look at the world and go about my day to day activities without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.

    Pieter Moelich
  • Elsabe de la Port

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    About nine months ago Dr Beatty removed cataracts from both my eyes.

    The procedures were successful and I do recommend this particular specialist. He is always professional and it was a relaxed experience.

    The admin personnel are always friendly and professional.


    Elsabe de la Port