Diabetic Eye Exams

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Diabetes & Eye Disease

When you have diabetes, you have to pay special attention to your health, including your visual health. 

Patients with diabetes (types 1 and 2) should have regular eye exams to detect early signs of eye conditions that could affect their vision. When diabetes is in the mix, there’s a greater risk of developing ocular issues, some of which don’t show symptoms but can significantly impact your eye health. Foresee Eyecare also implements the latest diagnostic equipment to test for diabetic changes inside the eyes, oftentimes before patients may exhibit symptoms.

If you have diabetes, schedule regular diabetic eye exams to monitor and help preserve your eye health.

What Happens During a Diabetic Eye Exam?

The Canadian Optometric Association and Diabetes Canada recommend that patients with diabetes have annual eye exams

During your eye exam, the optometrist will dilate your pupils to enlarge and widen the area and get a closer look at your eye. Then, using diagnostic techniques, they’ll capture detailed images of your retina, optic nerve, and lens, and other parts of your eye.

Eye Health & Vision Complications of Diabetes

Understanding the potential complications that may arise due to diabetes can help you take care of your eyes. So, keep an eye out for any changes in your vision and stick to your annual eye exams.

If you have any questions about any changes you’re experiencing or concerns about your future vision, our team at Foresee Eyecare is here to help. We want to help you be proactive about your vision care and overall eye health.

Diabetic retinopathy is an ocular complication that affects the retina, the part of the eye responsible for processing light and firing messages to the brain through the optic nerve, allowing you to see.

Diabetic retinopathy can develop as a result of uncontrolled blood sugars, causing the blood vessels in the eyes to swell and leak into the retina. If left undetected or untreated, it can cause visual impairment or sight loss.

Luckily, it’s treatable, even before you notice symptoms. During your eye exam, we can take detailed retinal images to monitor movement and diagnose any changes.

Diabetes increases the risk of developing glaucoma, an eye condition that affects the optic nerve—your delivery system between the eyes and the brain. When the optic nerve sustains damage, it could lead to total vision loss.

Glaucoma can progress without symptoms appearing, making it essential to visit your optometrist regularly to detect the early signs using detailed diagnostics.

Cataracts are a common visual condition that often occurs in older adults. However, people with diabetes are more susceptible to developing cataracts at an earlier age. This condition affects the eye’s lens, the transparent layer behind the iris.

As you age, the lens becomes thicker and less flexible, and small tissues in the lens break down and clump together. These clumps block light from reaching the retina, resulting in blurry or cloudy vision.

When cataracts progress to significantly impact your vision, cataract surgery can offer a safe, effective option to restore your vision.

Book Your Diabetic Eye Exams with Foresee Eyecare

If you have diabetes, either type 1 or 2, it’s essential to visit us for regular eye exams. We use high-end equipment to detect signs of eye diseases that may not show symptoms. An eye exam could potentially save your eyesight. 

We care for your overall well-being, so book with us and receive the care you deserve.

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