Diabetes & Eye Disease
When you have diabetes, you have to pay special attention to your health, including your visual health. Patients with diabetes (type 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.
If you have diabetes, please request an appointment to ensure your eye health is optimal.
Possible Ocular Complications of Diabetes
Knowing what complications could arise as a result of diabetes can raise your awareness about your ocular health. Pay attention to any changes in your vision, and stick to an annual eye exam plan.
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.
Diabetes can cause elevated glucose levels in the blood, damaging organs throughout the body, including in the eye. Diabetic retinopathy can develop as a result of this damage, 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 images of your retina to monitor movement and accurately 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.
Cataracts are a relatively common visual condition that many people will experience later in life. That said, patients with diabetes are more susceptible to developing cataracts. This condition affects the eye’s lens, the transparent layer suspended behind the iris (the coloured part).
As you age, the eye’s lens becomes thicker and more inflexible, and small tissues in the lens break down and begin to clump. These clumped areas block light from reaching the retina, causing your vision to appear blurry or cloudy. Additionally, cataracts can result in more light sensitivity and increased difficulty seeing at night.
Fortunately, since cataracts are so common, a safe and effective surgery is available to correct cataracts and restore vision loss.
If you notice your vision becoming cloudy, please visit us so we can assess whether or not cataracts are emerging.
Book Your Diabetic Eye Exam 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.
Our office can be found off of Major MacKenzie Drive West in the same lot as the Medical Centre and Tim Hortons. The location of our office is 965 Major Mackenzie Dr. West, Units 3 & 4.
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: Closed
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
*Please note: we are closed on Saturdays of long weekends and holidays.