Diabetes creates unique circumstances within the eyes. Diabetic eyes have a higher rate of macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Beyond these ocular diseases, those with diabetes run the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, which can cause blindness.
If you have diabetes it is important that you see an optometrist annually, and that they are aware of your condition.
The basics of your eye exam will be the same as a regular check-up. We test your acuity, eye teaming, and field of vision. We also investigate the health of your cornea, lens, retina, macula, and optic nerve.
These structural tests show us if there are early signs of diseases frequently associated with diabetes such as AMD, cataracts, and glaucoma. Our office is furnished with the latest technology for diagnosing ocular issues through imaging and mapping of your eyes.
Regular eye exams are crucial to patients with diabetes. The Government of Saskatchewan offers free annual eye exams for every patient with diabetes.
With a quick flash of light, the optomap® Retinal Exam provides us with a digital image of your retina. Using this image, we can determine if your retina has been affected by diabetes, high blood pressure, retinal tears or detachments, or age-related diseases. This procedure is noninvasive and completely painless.
Tomography refers to any cross-section image of your body. In the case of optical coherence tomography (OCT) , a machine uses light rays to produce a picture of the layers of tissues that make up your retina. From these images, your doctor can ascertain any threat posed by diabetic ocular diseases.
We can assess your visual field by using Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT). This test, in conjunction with other imaging results, can help your doctor determine if you could be developing glaucoma. This helps to prevent needless vision loss.
Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop glaucoma and AMD, which also occur in patients without diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema are two diseases that only occur in patients with diabetes. We classify these as diabetic eye diseases.
At Pinehouse Eyecare we test for diabetic eye diseases.
Oxygen is delivered to your sensitive retinal tissues through the many small blood vessels. High blood sugar levels can damage these vessels, inciting your body to create new ones. The new blood vessels are often much too fragile and can wind up hemorrhaging into your eyes.
Without treatment, diabetic retinopathy is a serious disorder that can cause blindness.
Edema, at its simplest, means swelling. In the case of diabetic macular edema (DME), fluid leaks under your macula. This destroys your ability to make out faces or details and can cause a total loss of central vision.
Prioritize your eye health. Visit Pinehouse today.
We offer insurance coverage by a number of providers to make your visit to Pinehouse Eyecare that much easier. If you do not see your insurance provider on the list, please contact our office.
Come visit us! Our practice is located on the corner of Pinehouse and Primrose, near Lawson Heights Mall and the Lawson Civic Centre.
|Monday:||8:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday:||8:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday:||8:00 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Thursday:||8:00 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Friday:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Saturday:||Closed, but we’d be happy to see you at Stonebridge Eyecare or Broadway Eyecare!|