Our Diabetic Eye Exams
Individuals with diabetes are more prone to develop certain eye conditions and diseases. As such, it is important to maintain your eye health and undergo regular exams with your optometrist to best manage and prevent these complications.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Due to the nature of diabetes, many people living with this disease are at higher risk for losing their vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most frequent cause of vision loss for individuals with diabetes as well as the leading cause of blindness in Canada. It occurs when the blood vessels lining the retina are damaged due to chronically high blood sugar.
Research suggests that approximately 20% of individuals diagnosed with diabetes have already been living with diabetic retinopathy for 4-7 years. It is imperative that this disease is diagnosed as early as possible in order to best manage its progression.
Read more about diabetic retinopathy and the facts referenced above here.
Cataracts are not technically an eye disease, as most individuals will eventually develop them within their lifetime. However, those with diabetes are much more likely to develop cataracts (and earlier) than people without. Fortunately, cataracts can be managed and, when required, removed surgically.
Glaucoma is a disease that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve, usually due to high pressure in the eye. It is undetectable without the help of an optometrist, because there are no symptoms until peripheral vision loss has already begun to occur.
Individuals with diabetes may be more likely to develop this eye disease, which results in peripheral vision loss that could eventually become blindness.
Be Proactive & Protect Your Vision
If you have diabetes, it is highly recommended that you have your eyes examined at least once a year. Your optometrist may recommend that you undergo exams more frequently, depending on factors such as how long you have had diabetes, your age, and how well managed your blood sugar is.
It is imperative that you are proactive when it comes to dealing with diabetic eye disease. Many of these eye issues cannot be detected without the expertise of an eye care professional.