Comprehensive Diabetic Eye Exams in Edmonton

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Don’t Let Eye Diseases Surprise You

While the risk of eye disease increases as you age, having diabetes can increase this risk even further. Almost 2.3 million Canadians currently live with diabetes, but we can help you preserve your vision by having regular eye exams.

Our trained staff of experienced eye doctors have the tools, techniques, and technology needed to diagnose some of the smallest signs of eye diseases linked to diabetes. We can also provide solutions to help preserve your eye health as you grow older.

All you have to do is book an eye exam with us today, and we can help with the rest!

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a systemic disease that occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to turn your blood sugar into energy. When this happens, the blood sugar in your body can lead to adverse health effects for your heart, teeth, and even your eyes.

If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are imperative for preventive health care. In some cases, eye doctors can even diagnose diabetes during an eye exam by observing the blood vessels at the back of your eye.

Common Eye Conditions Related to Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy affects 25% of Canadians. This eye disease occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in your retina, causing permanent vision loss. There are 2 types of diabetic retinopathy:

Diabetic macular edema is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy. As diabetic retinopathy develops, fluids leaking from your blood vessels could accumulate in your macula (a part of your retina responsible for providing your central vision), causing it to swell and damage your vision.

Diabetes can nearly double your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma. This disease is the most common form of glaucoma, occurring when the drainage angle between your iris and cornea remains open, but fluids inside your eye do not drain rates to maintain stable intraocular pressure (IOP) levels.

Your IOP levels can rise over time and eventually damage your optic nerve, causing vision loss.

Cataracts are common as you age, but diabetes could increase the risk of developing this condition. Cataracts occur when the lenses inside your eye become denser and less flexible, creating areas of opaqueness.

Glasses or contact lenses may correct vision errors caused by cataracts, but the only way to remove them is through cataract surgery. This surgery replaces your cataract lens with an artificial intraocular lens.

Cutting-edge Diagnostic Technology

Observing your eyes can help our team diagnose a range of diabetic eye conditions. Some of the tools we use to do this include:

Optomap retinal imaging, sometimes known as laser imaging, allows us to look at 82% of your entire retina all at once. This device can help us diagnose a range of eye diseases and conditions, even those not related to diabetes.

Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging technique similar to an ultrasound. But instead of using sound, OCT uses light to generate highly detailed cross-sectional images of your retina and detect signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Anterior segment photography helps our team take a detailed look at the health of your anterior segment, the front part of your eye that includes the iris, lens, and cornea. This device is especially useful for detecting issues like cataracts.

Find the Help You Need Today

Take control of your eye health today with the help of our team at Eyes Harvest Hills. Visit us for a walk-in appointment or book an eye exam for a time that suits you best. We can’t wait to serve you!

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