Patients who have diabetes have a higher risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. They are also in danger of developing diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, two serious conditions that can cause blindness. If you have diabetes, be sure to tell your optometrist during your appointment.
At Willoughby Doctors of Optometry, we put our patients first. We have developed an eye exam that takes extra care of those with diabetes who visit our clinic. Having your eyes examined every year is the best way to keep your vision and your ocular health.
People with diabetes have special ocular needs due to the higher risk of developing a group of eye conditions known as diabetic eye disease. All of these diseases have the potential to create severe vision loss and blindness. Controlling your diabetes with proper medication, staying active, and eating a nutritious diet can help to lower that risk, but yearly eye exams are vital to maintaining your eyesight.
This condition is the most common cause of blindness in people under 65 in Canada. In fact, almost all patients with diabetes have some form of this disease. Diabetes causes your retinal blood vessels to weaken and leak into your eyes. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy may include injections or laser therapy.
Depending on the severity of the retinopathy you may experience:
A successor to diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME) is due to fluid leaking from weakened blood vessels into the macula. As the fluid obscure the macula it damages your central vision. Currently, injections and laser treatments to stop the leakage associated with DME have been somewhat successful.
If you have diabetic macular edema you may experience
Modern technology has allowed us to prevent and treat more eye diseases than ever before. Willoughby Doctors of Optometry are dedicated to filling our clinic with best in imaging and diagnostic machinery. It’s just one more way we bring you the best in eye care.
Using this advanced retinal imaging, we can scan an eye in a fraction of a second for a detailed, full-colour look at the structure of your eye. This can be performed without pupil dilation, doing away with the blurry vision and light sensitivity that comes with it. Optos allows us to do an incredibly comprehensive retinal exam and save the digital results in your medical records.
This imaging system is extremely important for our patients with diabetes. We can detect diabetic retinopathy, hypertension, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal detachment much earlier. Request an appointment for a diabetic eye exam at Willoughby Doctors of Optometry.
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