Patients with diabetes require extra attention. This metabolic disease creates a higher risk for age -related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma as well as puts you at risk for diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetes it’s vital to have your eyes checked regularly – at least once a year – and to let your optometrist know so they can ensure you get the attention you need.
A diabetic eye exam begins the same as our typical eye exam, wherein we test your focusing abilities, peripheral vision, depth perception, and eye teaming. From there, we investigate the structure and function of your eye including the cornea, lens, retina, macula, and optic nerve.
These deeper tests show us if there are any early signs of diabetic retinopathy, a condition of the blood vessels of the retina, which is common in patients that have diabetes. We use the foremost technology to provide imaging and mapping of your eye tissues for diagnosis and documentation.
Annual eye exams are crucial to patients with diabetes. The Government of Saskatchewan covers the cost of annual eye examinations for Saskatchewan residents who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is a quick and noninvasive way to look at your retina. A quick flash of light is used to produce a digital image for us to determine the health of your retina. From there we can discern the effects of high blood pressure, retinal tears or detachment, or age-related disease like glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Within five minutes per eye, this amazing machine can scan your eyes and see the many layers of tissue that make up your retina. It uses light waves to produce cross-section photos. These can give your doctor a clearer picture of any threat posed by glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or AMD.
Using the Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) we can assess your visual field. Combining the results of the FDT Matrix and other imaging results, your doctor can determine if you may be developing glaucoma. From there they can monitor your eyes closely to prevent unnecessary vision impairment and treat any underlying conditions.
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Diabetic patients are more susceptible to glaucoma and AMD, but there are a few diseases that occur only in diabetics. We consider these to be diabetic eye diseases. In our office, we screen for both diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.
Your retinas have many blood vessels which provide oxygen to the sensitive retinal tissues. These vessels become damaged due to high blood sugar levels and may begin to leak. Your body tries to compensate for damaged vessels by creating new ones, but those are often too fragile leading to the formation of hemorrhages.
Without treatment, diabetic retinopathy is a serious disorder that can lead to blindness.
Diabetic macular edema (DME) occurs when fluid leaks around the macula. This causes you to lose the ability to make out details or discern faces, or you may lose your central vision altogether.
Anyone with diabetes needs to prioritize their eye care. Make an appointment at Stonebridge Eyecare today.
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