For the tests, patients would receive a drop of anaesthetic in the eye, then a corneal confocal microscope would capture a 20 second "movie" of their eye for analysis.
There are also three more tests being looked at - the first, called non-contact corneal aesthesiometry, measures how nerve degeneration is affecting the function of the cornea, by projecting tiny puffs of air into the eye, growing progressively stronger until the patient can feel it.
Two more eye tests will look at the effect of nerve degeneration on the retina.
"Diabetic patients currently go for yearly eye tests anyway, so we are saying that these tests could be done at the same time, and only take a few minutes," Professor Efron said.
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Queensland University of Technology