Caring for Our Patients with Diabetes
There are currently around 10% of the Canadian population living with diabetes. Having diabetes can require extra care when it comes to your eyes due to the fact that increased sugar in the blood can increase the risk for diabetic retinopathy, which damages the blood vessels in the retina of the eye.
We’re here to provide diabetic eye exams for our patients with diabetes to stay on top of vision and overall health. Talk to us about how diabetes can affect your vision, and book an eye exam.
Diabetes & Your Vision
Diabetes can affect your vision in a number of ways. You may experience blurred vision, changes in prescription, premature presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and decreased corneal sensitivity in addition to diabetic retinopathy.
While there is an increased risk for these symptoms and conditions, regular eye exams can help to diagnose and treat any eye conditions before they progress.
How Diabetes Impacts Vision
Diabetes can heighten the risk of several different conditions that can impact your vision if left untreated, including:
Diabetic retinopathy is a primary concern for vision loss associated with diabetes. Many diabetic eye diseases can be challenging to detect without a comprehensive eye exam, as they’re often asymptomatic in the early stages.
Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy
If diabetes is not cared for properly, a complication called diabetic retinopathy can occur. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the blood vessels in the retina start to swell or leak. Early stages of diabetic retinopathy can exhibit no symptoms, but some signs can include:
- Spots or floaters in your vision
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
Staying on top of your comprehensive eye exams and your overall health can help prevent serious complications related to diabetes and your eyes.
Here to Walk You Through Diabetes & Your Vision
If you are living with diabetes, you may not realize the way it can impact your vision. Book an eye exam, and let’s monitor your ocular health.