Urban Optique
4935 40 Ave NW #132 Calgary AB T3A 2N1 (403) 286-4142

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Diabetic Eye Disease

Common Forms of Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease encompasses several different eye conditions that can occur in any person who has diabetes. Some diabetics may not develop any of these common eye diseases, while others may develop more than one. Prompt treatment of eye disease symptoms may reduce the risk of developing severe vision problems or blindness.
Diabetic Retinopathy
The most common eye disease affecting individuals with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. This disease occurs when the blood vessels inside the retina undergo damaging changes, including developing abnormally on the retina’s surface. When the vessels become inflamed, they can leak fluid into the eye and cause vision obstruction. The beginning symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include noticeable vision changes that can eventually lead to total loss of vision.
Individuals with diabetes should undergo comprehensive eye examinations annually. Treatment options differ, depending on the type and stage of diabetic retinopathy. Common treatment options include:

  • Focal laser treatment (laser treatments to prevent retinal leakage)
  • Vitrectomy (surgical removal of excessive blood in the eye)
  • Medication (injections of steroids, ranibizumab or bevacizumab)
  • Scatter laser treatment (laser treatment targeting abnormal blood vessels)

If treatment is not received, vision could continue to worsen rapidly until patients experience total blindness.
While glaucoma is not unique to diabetics, it is a common complication of the disease. When pressure inside the eye is increased due to diabetes, it can lead to glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve and can lead to blindness over time.
The goal of glaucoma treatment is to relieve pressure within the eye, especially on the optic nerve. This may be accomplished with laser surgery, eye drops, medication or a combination of the three.
It is not uncommon for people to develop cataracts (clouding in the lens of the eye) as they grow older, but people with diabetes often develop this condition at a much younger age. This condition can be treated with special glasses or surgery.
Prompt treatment of diabetic eye disease is important if individuals want to keep their vision clear for as long as possible.

Written by Russ Reisner

Dr. Reisner and Dr. Kuntz (who is also Dr. Reisner’s uncle) acquired and expanded Urban Optique into its current location in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Reisner was born and grew up in Limerick, Saskatchewan – a small farming community about an hour south of Moose Jaw. After attending the University of Saskatchewan he earned his degree in Optometry from Indiana University in 2001. Dr. Reisner is very proud of everything he and his colleagues have accomplished.

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Located on the main floor of the Market Mall professional building. Providing eye exams, in-stock contact lenses and over 2,000 frames from over 40 brands of eyeglasses. Free parking is available for this Northwest Calgary location.


4935 40 Ave NW #132
Calgary AB, T3A 2N1

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Russ Reisner
  • Dr. David Schmidt
  • Dr. Pri Tawar
  • Dr. Nevin McIvor
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