Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes is a chronic illness that prevents your body from making or using insulin on its own. Reduced insulin levels cause increased blood sugar, which can cause many other health problems. Approximately 3.3 million Canadians live with diabetes.
Using a high-powered microscope during a regular eye exam, your doctor can examine your eyes for early signs of diabetes. Your doctor can help monitor and manage diabetes-related eye issues through yearly diabetic eye exams.
Schedule an appointment and we can develop a treatment plan to help prevent diabetes-related eye problems.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is the most serious eye condition that can result from diabetes. Diabetes can cause inflammation in your blood cells that lead to the retina. The inflamed blood cells can then leak, causing diabetic retinopathy. As the condition progresses, diabetic retinopathy can cause:
- Blurred vision
- Flashes of light
- Holes in vision
- Colour vision loss
If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. However, your eye doctor can help monitor and manage your condition with yearly diabetic eye exams.
Visit Us for Your Diabetic Eye Exam
At Burlington Optometry, we use fundus photography to diagnose, monitor, and manage diabetic retinopathy. Fundus photography uses a camera to take a picture of the interior of your eye, including your retina.
During a diabetic eye exam, your doctor may use eye drops to dilate your pupil. This allows the fundus photography camera to get a clearer picture of your retina.
It’s recommended that people with diabetes visit an eye doctor once a year to monitor for vision issues, including diabetic retinopathy.
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