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Prior to cataract surgery, It is important that any diabetic retinopathy treatment has been performed and that the management of the patient’s systemic health (blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking status) has been optimised.

After surgery, patients will return to the optometrist or ophthalmologist for ongoing review. Even with good control of the diabetes, the features of diabetic retinopathy can deteriorate following cataract surgery. If this were to occur the patient would be referred to a retinal specialist for ongoing management of the condition.

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