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Diabetic Eye Exams in Leamington & Essex, ON

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Navigating Diabetes & Vision Health

Diabetes is a complex condition that extends beyond blood sugar management, affecting various aspects of your health, including vision. Here at Erie Shores Eyecare, we employ modern diagnostic technologies to facilitate early detection and treatment of diabetes-related vision issues.

We encourage people with diabetes to have a diabetic eye exam at least once a year, even if they are effectively managing their blood sugar levels and not currently experiencing other health problems. Book your appointment online today.

What to Anticipate During Your Diabetic Eye Exam

Our experienced optometrists use modern diagnostic tools, including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography (OCT), to assess your vision during a diabetic eye exam. These tools enable us to closely examine your retina for signs of issues, and to offer a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health.

How Diabetes Affects Your Vision

Diabetes elevates the risk of developing serious conditions that can impact your vision if left untreated. These conditions include:

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of vision loss in Canada. Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma often exhibit no symptoms until their advanced stages, making early detection challenging without a comprehensive eye exam.

Exploring Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy results from high blood sugar levels, causing damage to the tiny blood vessels that supply the retina. The accumulation of excess sugar can lead to leakage of fluid or bleeding, contributing to retinal damage.

Early stages of diabetic retinopathy may show no symptoms, but in later stages, you may notice:

  • Spots or floaters in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night

Regular dilated eye exams are important for monitoring changes to your vision, and allow us to better recommend timely treatment.

Our Diagnostic Technology

We work hard to gather precise information to address your specific vision needs. Our eye exams incorporate optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fundus photography to identify signs of retinal issues associated with diabetic eye disease.

OCT is a noninvasive imaging technique that provides high-resolution, cross-sectional images of the retina. This technology aids in the early detection and monitoring of various eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy. By offering detailed insights into retinal structures, OCT allows for timely intervention before vision loss occurs.

Fundus photography is a noninvasive imaging method capturing detailed images of the retina, allowing for a comprehensive assessment of ocular health. This technique covers a broad area, providing valuable information for early identification of potential issues. Fundus photography is instrumental in administering prompt interventions to preserve your vision.

Diabetic Eye Exams Enhanced by Technology

Our diabetic eye exams are meticulously designed by our experienced team and supported by modern diagnostic technology. We are committed to helping you maintain healthy long-term vision. Book online to schedule an appointment and take proactive steps in addressing diabetes-related vision issues.

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