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Sarnia - Lakeshore / (519) 542-3937
Sarnia - Vidal Street / (519) 336-4113
Grand Bend / (519) 238-6086

Keeping an Eye on Diabetic Eye Health

Diabetes has a devastating effect on eye health. Patients living with diabetes are at risk of what’s called diabetic eye disease; an umbrella term used to describe a huge variety of eye issues brought on by diabetes. Most conditions associated with diabetic eye disease develop slowly without noticeable symptoms. That’s why eye exams are especially important in cases where diabetes is a factor.

Patients with diabetes should have an eye exam at least once a year.

Diabetic Patients are at Risk of Developing:

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Years of increased blood glucose levels can seriously damage the blood vessels in the eye. Over time, the damaged blood vessels can start to bleed, leaking into the retina and vitreous (the gel-like substance that fills the eye).

Diabetic retinopathy usually doesn’t show any symptoms when it first develops but can start to cause dark spots or shadows in your vision and some loss of colour vision. Left unchecked, this disease can cause blindness. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in North Americans under 60 years and the second leading cause behind macular degeneration for those over 60 years of age.

The best way to prevent diabetic retinopathy is by carefully monitoring and controlling your blood sugar levels.

Diabetic Eye Exams are Specially Designed to Detect Disease

A diabetic eye exam is slightly different than a standard adult’s eye exam. Because patients with diabetes are at a much higher than average risk of developing eye issues, we conduct diabetic eye exams with an extra level of care.

We always recommend that we dilate the patient’s pupils. This makes a wider window through which we can see the interior structure of the eye. We’ll take a close look at your retina, macula, lens, and more; keeping a close eye out for any indication of disease or even potential for disease.

We’ll also take the time to talk to you about your eyes and the importance of blood sugar control. Our patients are our family; we treat everyone with compassionate, comprehensive care. So if you have any questions you need to have answered, or even just concerns you want to address, our eye doctors are ready to assist.. We’ll always give you clear and honest answers.

What is Diabetic Macular Edema?

When diabetic retinopathy isn’t properly dealt with, it can result in diabetic macular edema (or DME). The blood and fluid leakage from diabetic retinopathy causes the retina to swell. DME, if unchecked, can lead to macular scarring and blindness.

A diabetic retinopathy or DME diagnosis is serious but doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your vision. There are a number of effective treatment options available, all of which are designed to prevent and delay the further development of the disease.

If you’d like to talk about diabetic eye disease treatment options, contact us. We’d be happy to discuss them with you.

Come See How We’re Making Eye Care Better

Visit one of our three In Focus Eyecare locations today.

Sarnia - Lakeshore Road

1206 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 2L2

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Phone: (519) 542-EYES (3937)
Fax: (519) 542-2800

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Sarnia - Vidal Street

120 Vidal St. N
Sarnia, ON N7T 5X5

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Phone: (519) 336-4113
Fax: (519) 336-1639

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Grand Bend

43 Main Street East
Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

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Phone: (519) 238-6086
Fax: (519) 238-6068

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