Diabetes & How It Can Affect Your Vision

Diabetes is a systemic condition that can impact your vision and eye health. As such, individuals with diabetes have unique eye care needs and are more likely to develop serious ocular conditions and vision-threatening eye diseases, including glaucoma.

To help safeguard your vision, people with diabetes should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year. However, depending on your unique situation, your optometrist may recommend that you visit more frequently.

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What Diseases Can Be Detected in an Eye Exam?

Did you know that the first signs of diabetes can be discovered during an eye exam? That is just one of the many reasons you should get your eyes checked regularly. Individuals with diabetes are also more susceptible to a variety of serious eye conditions, including:

People with diabetes are also more likely to experience blurry vision, fluctuating prescriptions, and double vision.

What is a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Since diabetic eyes are more susceptible to several serious eye conditions, they require special care and attention. Eyesis Eyecare offers eye exams specially tailored to address the needs of patients with diabetes. 

There are two parts to a diabetic eye exam: The routine eye exam, which is self-paid by the patient, and the health portion of the exam, which is fully covered by Alberta Health Care for diabetic patients.

We use specialized tests and equipment during our diabetic eye exams, including dilated fundus exams, retinal photography, and Zeiss optical coherence tomography (OCT).

If you have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you should have your eyes examined at least once per year. This holds true even if your blood sugar is well controlled and you are not currently experiencing any problems with your sight, eye health, or overall health.

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