Diabetes Mellitus is the leading cause of preventable blindness in North America. Diabetes causes a variety of eye problems for patients and puts them at a higher risk of a diabetic retinopathy. Most eye diseases develop slowly over time and may not be initially noticeable; this is why diabetic eye exams are extremely important and allow your eye doctor to detect any early symptoms before they progress.
Uncontrolled high blood sugar can result in many changes within the eye including:
- Damage to the small blood vessels causing them to leak
- Swelling in the lens and the macula
- Blurry vision and fluctuations in the ability to focus
At Yonge & College Optometry, our optometrists are trained to conduct a thorough diabetic eye exam to detect any signs of early problems. Our diabetic eye exams are conducted with an extra level of care and attention ensuring we take a close look at every part of your eye to ensure there are no signs of disease. We care about the health and wellbeing of all our patients and pride ourselves on providing the upmost care to all our patients.
Having an eye disease does not necessarily lead to complete loss of vision. If you are diagnosed with diabetic eye disease, our eye doctors are here every step of the way to help guide you through treatment options to prevent further damage to your eyes.
As a diabetic patient, regular eye exams are extremely important and are covered under OHIP for annual visits in order to prevent any problems.
Book your diabetic eye exam today with Yonge & College Optometry and let us take care of your eyes.