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Early Detection is the Key to Prevention

Extra Health Concerns

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing many health conditions, including nerve damage, poor circulation, gum disease, periodontitis, and certain eye diseases. Regular eye exams can help to keep your eyes in good health.

Risks & Symptoms

There aren’t very many early warning symptoms that you would experience as a diabetic with eye issues. By the time any symptoms of poor eye health reveal themselves, it may already be too late.

Early detection is the key to preventing any eye health issues from getting out of hand, thus decreasing your risk for premature blindness.

Diabetics have a much higher risk of:

  • Dry eye disease
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Double vision
  • Loss of vision

If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should schedule a eye exam with us as soon as possible. These symptoms may indicate the presence of an eye disease that could severely compromise your ability to see, damage the retina, and cause blindness.

Diligence and Detection are Key

While being diabetic may expose you to additional risks or a greater probability of contracting certain eye diseases, regular eye exams will ensure that those risks are kept in check and that any required treatment is initiated as soon as a problem is identified.

Important Information About Diabetic Eye Exams:

Leading cause of blindness

Retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in diabetics. Diabetes causes the blood vessels in the eye to deteriorate, causing swelling, leaking, and vitreous haemorrhaging. The result is a reduced vision capacity, blindness, and retinal tears.

The best way to avoid these dangers is to see your eye doctor regularly for eye exams.

How to know if you're at risk

Eye diseases that need to be detected and treated early include retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Some of the changes may be permanent if not addressed in a timely manner.

Talk to your Optometrist

Developing a long-lasting relationship with one of our Optometrists can be immensely beneficial. We’ll keep a diligent record of your exams and carefully note any concerns we may have. Over time, this creates a clear picture of your overall eye health and helps us detect changes sooner.

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