Diabetic Eye Exams in North York

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Keeping Diabetic Concerns at Bay

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, some increased visual health concerns need to be monitored. Certain eye diseases have a higher propensity to occur in patients with diabetes. But noticing the earliest signs of eye disease gives us an advantage in managing your vision safely.

A diabetic eye exam at York Mills Eye Care is the first step for slowing the development of diabetes-related eye conditions. Let us take an in-depth look at your eyes to evaluate the impact diabetes is having on your vision. From there, we can take the next step to protect your visual system.

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Being Routine About Exams

We recommend that patients with diabetes receive a comprehensive eye examination at least once per year. Some eye diseases correlated with diabetes, like glaucoma, may show no symptoms until serious damage has been done. Regular visits to our office allow us to get ahead of developing eye diseases and survey how diabetes is affecting your vision.

 

Eye Conditions We Check For

While there are several eye conditions linked to diabetes, including glaucoma and cataracts, conditions involving blood vessels in the retina are of particular concern. Let’s understand what happens when high blood sugar negatively affects the ocular system.

Diabetic Retinopathy

The tiny blood vessels connected to the retina are very sensitive to blood sugar levels. When there is too much sugar in your bloodstream, it can block these blood vessels, leading to abnormal growth of new vessels. When this process occurs, it’s classified as diabetic retinopathy.

If left untreated, total vision loss may occur. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can be very mild at first, making it hard to realize its existence before vision damage begins. Annual eye exams are crucial in diagnosing this disease early. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye floaters and spots
  • Double vision
  • Eye pain

Diabetes can increase the chances of macular edema. When fluid builds up in the retina, it can cause the central part of the retina, the macula, to swell, resulting in diabetic macular edema.

The macula is responsible for central vision, so this condition can result in blurry sight or permanent dark spots in the field of vision. Regular diabetic eye exams are essential for slowing the progress of complications in the retina.

How We View Diabetic Risks

York Mills Eye Care uses modern digital equipment to get clarity on what’s happening inside your eyes. Getting a clear perspective of the retina is especially important for patients with diabetes. Understanding what’s happening at the back of the eye can provide valuable information about potential risks.

Fundus Photography

We use fundus photography to take snapshots of the back of your eye. This powerful camera provides high-definition digital images of the optic nerve.

The fundus is the inside, back surface of the eye that includes the retina and macula. Our advanced fundus cameras look through the pupil to survey the eye for abnormalities, including diabetic retinopathy.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive way to take cross-section images of your retina. With these images, we can study the retina with much more access and identify trouble spots that may be occurring.

Dilating eye drops are usually used with fundus photography and OCT. These drops allow for better imaging of the back of the eye.

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North York, ON M5M 2Z9

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