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An important message from Ita Buttrose AC OBE about looking after your eyes

This year has been one we will never forget.

As we say goodbye to 2020, it’s a good time to think about getting back into the routine of looking after our health in the new year.

This includes having an eye check, even if your vision is okay.

Getting a diabetes eye check is easy. You don’t need a referral from your GP. You can book an appointment directly with an eye care provider and it’s generally bulk billed. Get your health off on the right track in 2021, book a diabetes eye check today.

Why are eye checks so important?

Looking after your eyes is important when you have diabetes. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing eye problems which, if left untreated, can lead to poor vision and even blindness. Sometimes there will be no signs or symptoms of problems. In fact, changes in vision may be so gradual that a person may not notice it for some time.

The good news is that most vision loss from diabetes can be prevented with regular eye checks and early treatment. The earlier the treatment, the better the result. So if you haven’t had an eye check for a while*, or you’ve never had one, book an appointment today.

Sign up to KeepSight

When you have your eye check, be sure to tell your eye care provider that you have diabetes and that you would like your eye check recorded with the KeepSight program. KeepSight is the national diabetes eye screening reminder program that sends you a reminder when you are due for an eye check.

Registering for a reminder is quick and easy. You can do it online now or ask your eye care provider to sign you up when you have your eyes checked. Visit for more information.

This video was produced in partnership with the Macular Disease Foundation Australia. We thank Ita Buttrose for her support.

*It is recommended to have diabetes eye checks at least every two years or 12 months for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, or as recommended by an eye care provider.