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Diabetic Eye Exam

Preventative Eye Healthcare Stops Diabetes from Affecting Vision

Regular Eye Exams are Important

The eyes can often tell a story about your full body health, using today’s ocular technology to examine blood vessels and other systems that will indicate disease. Not only do regularly scheduled eye exams ensure proactive visual health, they aid in the discovery and management of conditions such as diabetes.

How Does Diabetes Affect My Vision?

Those with diabetes are at a greater risk of certain eye diseases due to the effects that diabetes has on blood sugar levels. Increased levels of glucose in the blood can damage blood vessels, causing blood vessels in the eyes to leak, obstructing the macula, and potentially causing permanent vision loss. This particular disease is called diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetes also increases the risk of a variety of other eye problems. Including:

  • Glaucoma: Increased intraocular pressure (IOP) causes damage to the optical nerve, which is responsible for sending messages from the eyes to the brain.
  • Cataracts: When proteins in the lens start to age, they cause the lens to slowly cloud over and become opaque.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema: When diabetic retinopathy goes untreated, it can cause the retina to swell, effectively blocking out the macula and obscuring the central field of vision.

Regular Eye Exams Are Essential to Prevention Diabetic Eye Disease

The best way to manage eye health in conjunction with diabetes is with regular diabetic eye exams. Our optometrists use our advanced technology to thoroughly examine the inner and outer workings of your eyes; carefully monitoring them for any signs of illness or disease. We may use eye drops to dilate your pupil, thus giving us a better view of the inner structure of your eye.

Our goal is to identify any negative effects of diabetes on your visual health before serious or permanent damage has occurred.

Important Questions About Diabetic Eye Health

What symptoms should I watch for if I have diabetes?

It is important to be conscious of any changes in vision that could indicate the onset of ocular disease. If you experience any of the following symptoms, schedule an eye examination with an optometrist:

  • Blurred vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Double vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Floaters and flashes
How else can diabetes affect my health?

The effects of diabetes are far-reaching and require ongoing medical surveillance. Persons diagnosed with diabetes should be aware of the following associated risks:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Eye disease

Take Action! Manage Diabetes with Your Optometrist

Discuss Eye Health with Your Doctor

Communicating with eye doctors is a great way to help manage the negative effects that diabetes can have on your visual well-being. Consistent eye examinations allow for increased transparency of your body’s health and provide a proactive approach to preventing other diseases associated with diabetes.

At Urban Optique, we develop eye health strategies that will increase the likelihood of sustained visual health for patients suffering from diabetes.

Dealing with Eye Diseases

Diabetes can be the stimulus for a variety of eye diseases, but there are reliable procedures that our optometry clinic can perform or recommend to correct visual impairment. Most importantly, early diagnosis is the best way to manage conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.

Modern ocular technologies allow for secure procedures, such as laser eye surgery (photocoagulation) or a vitrectomy, to halt damage done by diabetic related eye diseases. Consult a professional optometrist for best solutions for your own health.

Our Location

Calgary

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.

Unit 132, 4935 40th Avenue NW
Calgary AB, T3A 2N1

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403-286-4142
Fax: 403-247-2025

Hours

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

Optometrists

Dr. Russ Reisner
Dr. Harvey Kuntz
Dr. David Schmidt
Dr. Pri Tawar
Dr. Nevin Mcivor

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