Diabetic Eye Exams


Safeguard Your Vision & Eye Health With Regular Eye Exams

A diabetes diagnosis is something over 11 million Canadians deal with every single day. While it can affect many different aspects of your life, including your diet and even your eye health, this doesn’t mean it can’t be managed effectively with the help of your team of healthcare professionals.

Our team of highly trained and experienced optometrists will work with you to safeguard your vision from eye diseases, including diabetes specific eye disease, and other potential problems.

If you have diabetes, please make sure your eyes are examined regularly. The Canadian Optometric Association (COA) recommends yearly eye exam appointments for all patients with diabetes. Not only will you learn what you and your optometrist, can do to safeguard your vision and eye health, but you will gain access to an experienced team you can trust.

Diabetes & Eye Disease

Recent research estimates 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 40 already exhibit some signs of diabetic retinopathy. This disease develops as glucose builds up in the blood vessels behind the retina, blocking blood flow. These vessels begin to grow and bulge, and the body may try to compensate by growing new blood vessels. However, these blood vessels are often very weak, and frequently leak blood into the retina, causing permanent damage to your vision.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is rooted in the fluid buildup caused by diabetic retinopathy. As the blood and fluids leak from the new irregular vessels, the accumulation of fluid can cause your macula to swell, slowly damaging your central vision.

Cataracts are a widespread eye condition that develops as you age; however, your chances of developing cataracts increases when you have diabetes. As you grow older, the lenses of your eyes become less flexible, denser, and less transparent, creating a milky film over your eyes. The only way to treat cataracts is through cataract surgery.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. However, when you have diabetes, your chances of developing this disease almost double . Open-angle glaucoma is a disease that, over time, slowly raises the intraocular pressure (IOP) of your eyes. This rise in pressure is caused by blockages in the fluid draining system known as the trabecular meshwork.

As the IOP rises, the risk of it damaging your optic nerve increases. If the optic nerve becomes damaged it can lead to permanent vision loss. There is no cure for glaucoma, but management can help slow its rate of development, preserving your vision for longer.

How Do We Help?

Optometrists use a fundus camera to help capture images of the interior of the eye, providing them with a detailed look at the retina, macula, optic disc, and the vascular system of your retina. This camera can help spot early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Like fundus photography, optical coherence tomography is an imaging program that takes pictures of the vascular system of the retina, showing signs of diabetic retinopathy and DME. OCT’s uses light rays to use cross-sectional images that can determine the thickness of your retina as well.

Manage Your Eye Health Today

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or you have been living with this disease for several years, it’s vital for you to go for regular eye exams.

Please don’t wait. Book your next exam today!

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Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

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