Did you know that the first sign that a person has diabetes is often detected by an optometrist during an eye exam? And did you know – that if left untreated – diabetes can seriously damage your eyes and cause permanent blindness? That’s why regular eye exams are a crucial part of healthcare for people with diabetes.
Learn more about eye exams with Dr. Charn Toor at Opal Optometry.
Diabetes is a chronic (persistent or recurring) disease that prevents your body from making or using insulin. Over time, diabetes can cause changes in the retina at the back of the eye and can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated.
The most serious eye diseases related to diabetes are diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Diabetes can also cause:
In the early stages, the impact of diabetes is monitored through your regular eye exams with Dr. Toor. We recommend coming in every 6 months (visits are fully covered by your BC CareCard).
Stabilizing your blood sugar levels is the most effective way to significantly reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and the early onset of other eye issues like cataracts. If diabetes has advanced, treatments include injections and laser therapy administered by an ophthalmologist. Dr. Toor will answer all your questions related to treatment and develop a plan that is tailored to your needs.
Early detection is crucial. Treatment for eye issues related to diabetes is much more likely to be successful at the early stages.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when there is a weakening of the tiny blood vessels inside your eye, causing blood to leak. In some cases, new, abnormal blood vessels will grow in place of the old ones. This condition has a devastating impact on the eye and can potentially lead to blindness if left uncontrolled.
Approximately 2 million Canadians who are living with diabetes have some form of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic macular edema is an advanced form of diabetic retinopathy, with fluids leaking into the macula – the part of your retina that helps you see detail and colour – which becomes swollen and affects your central vision.
Dr. Charn Toor draws on his experience in combination with the latest technology to take the best possible care of your eyes. For example, our high-tech fundus camera is used to visualize and photograph the fundus – the back interior lining of the eyeball, including the retina, optic disc, and macula.
Fundus photography is one of the most valuable tests Dr. Toor uses because of its ability to proactively detect and monitor serious eye conditions related to diabetes.
Protect your eye health by requesting an eye examination today.
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