Diabetic Eye Exams
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Know the Risks of Diabetes

Over 2 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes, and of those, 25% have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes not only affects the body but the eyes as well. 

It is recommended that people with diabetes should have an eye examination at least once a year. However, we might recommend more frequent eye exams depending on your eye health needs.

The first step, though, is scheduling an appointment. Schedule yours today at MEye Health.

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How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes

Diabetes can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak or swell, leading to vision issues. It can also cause fluid deposits to form on the retina, causing it to swell, resulting in vision problems. 

Additionally, diabetes can cause the development of new, abnormal blood vessels in the retina that can leak fluids and create scar tissue on the retina.

Diabetes-Related Eye Diseases

Although diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema are the most common forms of diabetes-related eye disease, diabetes can also increase the risk of diseases and conditions like glaucoma and cataracts.

Glaucoma is another possible diabetes-related eye disease. This condition is characterized by increased pressure within the eye, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. 

Cataracts are another diabetes-related eye concern, which clouds the eye’s lens and can lead to vision problems.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the retina due to diabetes. It can cause vision changes such as blurry vision, difficulty seeing colours, or a dark or empty area in one’s vision.

Over time, symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can worsen and can lead to more severe vision problems, such as permanent vision loss, if left untreated.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a type of diabetic retinopathy where fluid accumulates in the macula, the area of the retina responsible for fine, detailed vision. 

DME can cause blurry vision, difficulty reading, and dark or empty areas in one’s vision. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent vision loss.

What to Bring to the Eye Exam

When you come in for your eye exam, make sure to bring:

  • A list of medications, supplements, and eye drops you use
  • The current glasses or contact lenses you use
  • Sunglasses (for dilated eye exams)*
  • Health/OHIP card
  • Private medical insurance card**

If you have diabetes, you may want to bring in your most recent A1c readings, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

*We might recommend a dilated eye exam if you’re at risk of developing an eye disease. Dilating the eyes can make them sensitive to light, so please bring a pair of sunglasses if you’re going to receive a dilated eye exam.

**If you would like us to bill your insurance, please email us 24 hours in advance so that we may predetermine the coverage.

Schedule a Diabetic Eye Exam Today

Schedule an appointment with us today! Our friendly team of optometrists will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with the care you need. We’re here to care for your vision.

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Conveniently located west of Walker’s Line on the north side of Harvester near Tim Horton’s.

Our Address

  • 3455 Harvester Rd., Unit 28
  • Burlington, ON L7N 3P2

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10:00 AM 7:00 PM
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