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Okotoks, AB

(403) 938-4300

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Diabetic Eye Exams

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Diabetes impacts our bodies in a variety of ways, and can negatively affect our eye 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.

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

Diabetes and Your Eyes

You may not even know you have diabetes, but it can be detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, even before it begins exhibiting noticeable symptoms. 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, including:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic individuals are significantly more likely to develop a group of conditions referred to as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the delicate blood vessels in our eyes weaken or swell, causing a leakage of blood. Though your eyes may try to compensate for blood vessel damage by growing new ones, these vessels are typically not strong and therefore also prone to leaking. As this condition progresses, the damaged blood vessels are unable to provide your retina with enough oxygen, causing portions of the retina to die.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema: When you have advanced diabetes, there can be fluid accumulation under the macula. This can lead to a loss of central vision.
  • Cataracts: Those with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age than individuals who do not have diabetes.
  • Glaucoma: Diabetic individuals are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than people who do not have diabetes.
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Frequent prescription fluctuations

Diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma do not typically exhibit symptoms in their early stages, making them incredibly difficult to catch without a comprehensive eye exam.

If these conditions are allowed to progress, they can result in permanent vision loss or even blindness.

Diabetic Eye Exams

Since diabetic eyes 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’s Visual Field Test.

For more information about our Diabetic Eye Exams, or to request your next appointment, please contact us today.

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  • 201 Southridge Drive, Unit 115
  • Okotoks, AB T1S 2E1

Located next to Starbucks in the Cornerstone Shopping Complex.

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  • Monday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SundayClosed
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