Diabetic Eye Exams

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Diabetes is a systemic condition that can take a toll on your overall health. A lot of things can change in your life because of this condition, including what you eat, how you exercise, and even how well you can see. When you have diabetes, the risk of various eye conditions and diseases increases, sometimes exponentially.

By booking and attending regular eye exams, your optometrist can help detect and diagnose diabetes-related eye issues before they begin to cause permanent vision damage. A proactive approach to eye health is necessary for everyone, but it is especially important for patients with diabetes.

Safeguard your vision. Book your next eye exam today.

What Diabetes Means for Your Eye Health

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that people with diabetes have their eyes examined at least once every year. This can help your optometrist detect and diagnose possible asymptomatic eye diseases that could develop over time.

Some of these diseases may include:

Cataracts are a fairly common eye condition that many of us will develop as we age. As our eyes get older, their lenses become denser and less flexible, forming a milky haze that can impair vision. Depending on the severity of your condition, your optometrist may recommend you wear contact lenses or glasses, or they may suggest you have surgery to replace the lens of your eyes and remove your cataracts.

Diabetes can increase your chances of developing cataracts or cause your cataracts to develop more quickly.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma and causes the drainage canal that allows the fluid inside your eye to drain to become blocked. Since the fluid isn’t able to drain away, the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP) may rise, putting pressure on the optic nerve. This pressure eventually damages the nerve, leading to vision loss.

Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to develop this condition than patients without diabetes. Open-angle glaucoma is particularly dangerous because patients rarely exhibit symptoms until permanent vision loss has already occurred. Regular eye exams allow your optometrist to detect this disease in its early stages, allowing them to manage your glaucoma before it causes permanent damage to your vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that is caused by diabetes. Blood with high sugar levels is thicker than blood with ordinary sugar levels, making it more likely to cause blockages in the delicate blood vessels in your retina.

When these blood vessels become blocked, the body responds by quickly growing new blood vessels to provide a workaround. However, these vessels are thin and delicate and frequently break, causing them to leak fluids into your retina and damaging your vision.

Diabetic macular edema, also known as DME, develops when diabetic retinopathy is left untreated. The fluids that leak from the broken retinal blood vessels can accumulate, causing the retina to swell and distort vision.

How We Help You

Modern technology allows eye care professionals to get a more detailed look at the interior of your eyes, making it easier for them to spot problems like eye disease early on. By undergoing regular eye exams, your optometrist can use these impressive tools to safeguard your eye health and vision.

Fundus photography uses a fundus camera to capture detailed pictures of the interior of your eye. These images allow your optometrist to examine your retina and its vascular system, the macula, and the optic disc. The information your optometrist gains from these images helps them diagnose serious conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and DME in their early stages.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is another imaging tool used by optometrists to better evaluate the health of your eyes. An OCT takes cross-sectional images of your retina that allow your optometrist to determine its thickness as well as the health of your retinal vascular system.

Why Wait? Book An Appointment Today

Our optometrists are here to help, giving you the tools you need to approach your eye health proactively. Diabetes affects the body in many ways, and diabetic eyes require special care and attention. Regular eye exams can help safeguard your vision and eye health.

Are you due for an eye exam? Book your next appointment today.

FOR BRIDGEWATER & HALIFAX

Halifax, NS

Previously the office of Dr. Jeffrey Buchanan-Dorrance, this location of Miller Optometry offers limited complimentary parking.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 406-2020
Fax: (902) 406-3070

Address

2828 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K 5E6
Mondays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Previously the office of Dr. Jeffrey Buchanan-Dorrance, this location of Miller Optometry offers limited complimentary parking.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 406-2020
Fax: (902) 406-3070

Address

2828 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K 5E6
Mondays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Bridgewater, NS

We’re excited to see you at our new location in Bridgewater. Come in and visit us just off Pinegrove Road, near the Swiss Chalet.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 543-3937
Fax: (902) 543-1132

Address

4 Pine Grove Road
Bridgewater, NS B4V 4H5
Mondays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

We’re excited to see you at our new location in Bridgewater. Come in and visit us just off Pinegrove Road, near the Swiss Chalet.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 543-3937
Fax: (902) 543-1132

Address

4 Pine Grove Road
Bridgewater, NS B4V 4H5
Mondays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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