Diabetic Eye Exam

What exactly is diabetic retinopathy?

An eye condition that affects some of those with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy takes place when high blood sugar levels lead to damaged blood vessels in the retina of the eyes. For those who are less than 65 years of age, diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in this segment of the population. 

While there is no known cure for diabetic retinopathy, our experienced optometrists at Specs in the City have numerous treatment options available to them which can help prevent or delay the vision loss which is associated with this eye condition. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you mitigate and manage your diabetic retinopathy. 

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What does a diabetic retinal examination entail?

The only way diabetic retinopathy can be diagnosed or detected is through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This exam entails a visual acuity test, measurement of the pressure within your eye, and dilation of your pupils. By conducting these procedures, your optometrist will be able to detect any early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Why is it important to get a diabetic retinal exam? 

For those patients who have diabetes, we highly recommend they undergo a dilated eye exam at least once a year. If you are suffering from the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, this will allow our experienced optometrists to detect it as soon as possible. Detecting diabetic retinopathy early and subsequent treatment can reduce the risk of blindness from this eye condition by up to 95 per cent. 

What treatment options are available for diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy may be treated with the following remedies:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Grid/focal macular laser surgery
  • Vitrectomy (removing all or some of the vitreous humor)

What should I bring to my diabetic retinal examination? 

If you have a diabetic retinal examination scheduled it's important that you bring the following items with you so we can best address your eye care needs as comprehensively as possible:

  • Whatever glasses, contact lenses, or eye drops you are currently using
  • Whatever medications or supplements you are currently on
  • Your recent record of any eye surgeries you've had or eye injuries you've suffered
  • Any hereditary medical conditions which are significant in nature

If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam you can do so by calling our SE Calgary eye clinic at 403-252-2020 or by filling out our online contact form.

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