Comprehensive Diabetic Eye Exams in Okotoks

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Preserve Your Vision from Diabetes

Diabetes impacts our bodies in a variety of ways and can negatively affect our ocular health and vision. Individuals living with diabetes have unique eye care needs and should visit their optometrist at least annually. Even if they are not experiencing any problems and their blood sugar is well controlled with diet or medication, it is still recommended to have regular eye exams.

Are you due for a diabetic eye exam? Book your appointment today.

What Are Diabetic Eye Exams?

Since those with diabetes require specialized care and attention, Okotoks Eyecare is proud to offer eye exams specifically tailored to meet the vision and health care needs of individuals living with diabetes.

People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should see their optometrist at least once per year, even if their blood sugar levels are stable and they are not experiencing any eye or health-related problems.

To examine the eyes of our diabetic patients, Okotoks Eyecare uses a variety of tests, including Optos, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and the Humphrey Visual Field Test.

Diabetes & Your Eyes

You may not even know you have diabetes, but it can be detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, even before noticeable symptoms arise. Regular eye exams play a vital role in your overall health strategy.

Diabetes can impact your vision and eye health in a variety of ways, increasing the risk of:

Diabetic individuals are significantly more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the delicate blood vessels in our eyes weaken or swell, causing blood and fluid to leak. Though your eyes may try to compensate for blood vessel damage by growing new ones, these vessels are typically not as strong and prone to leaking.

As this condition progresses, the damaged blood vessels are unable to provide your retina with enough oxygen, causing portions of it to die.

Diabetic retinopathy does not show symptoms early in its development, but our optometrists can detect this disease by observing your retina during a comprehensive eye exam.

When you have advanced diabetes, there can be fluid accumulation under the macula, known as diabetic macular edema. This can lead to a loss of central vision.

Those with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age than individuals who do not have diabetes.

Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than those who do not have diabetes. Glaucoma does not show symptoms early in its development but can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam.

Diabetes can lead to other vision problems, including:

  • Blurry or wavy vision
  • Double vision
  • Dark spots in vision or vision loss
  • Poor colour vision
  • Frequent prescription fluctuations

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Your eyes deserve protection from diabetes. Contact our team today and book your appointment.


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