Diabetes affects your entire body, including your eyes. Diabetes increases your risk of developing a number of serious, vision-threatening eye problems. That is why individuals with diabetes should have their eyes examined at least once per year. However, depending on your individual eye health needs your doctor may suggest you come in more frequently.
Diabetic eye disease refers to two eye conditions that result from diabetes: diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. For more information about these diseases, and other eye problems please visit our Eye Diseases page.
Because diabetes increases your risk for serious eye diseases we need to be extra thorough during your annual eye exam. Most eye diseases that are related to diabetes develop slowly over time, and may not exhibit any noticeable symptoms until you begin to experience vision loss. During your exam we will conduct all of our usual tests, as well as a few more so that we can ensure your eyes are healthy.
During your diabetic eye exam we will typically dilate your pupils, allowing us to better see the interior structures of your eyes and examine your lenses, maculas and retinas. This in turn allows us to look for any signs of disease, or even the potential for disease.
Our diabetic eye exams also contain an additional educational component, during which we will discuss the importance of blood sugar control and how it relates to your eye health. At Vaughan Family Vision Care we always treat everyone with compassion and respect. If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to address, our optometrists are happy to help.
The Ontario government covers the cost of annual eye exams for individuals between 20 and 64 years old who have diabetes. For more information please visit their website.
Located on Weston Road, Vaughan Family Vision Care proudly serves patients from all over Ontario. We would be pleased to meet you and your family.
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