Diabetic Eye Exams in Cloverdale, BC

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Managing Eye Health Impacted by Diabetes

As of 2017, over 2.3 million Canadians aged 12 or over were diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to either use or produce insulin. It is also the leading cause of blindness in Canada.

Regular diabetic eye exams monitor eye health and find diseases related to diabetes. They are also a useful tool for detecting undiagnosed Type 1 or 2 diabetes. For those diagnosed with diabetes, annual eye exams are essential for monitoring and maintaining the health of the eyes. Yearly exams can mean the difference between healthy eyes or permanent vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can cause changes in the eyes, such as prescription changes, cataracts, or glaucoma. It can also lead to a serious eye disease called diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by the weakening or swelling of the delicate blood vessels of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and is responsible for receiving and transmitting visual signals to your brain.

When the blood vessels become ineffective, new, abnormal blood vessels grow, but these break easily, leaking fluid and blood into the retina. As a result, the retinal tissue becomes deprived of blood and oxygen, leading to parts of it dying.

If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.

Vision loss related to diabetic retinopathy is not recoverable, so early detection is crucial to preventing blindness. Additionally, the earlier diabetic retinopathy is treated, the higher the chance treatment will be successful.

Diabetic retinopathy is monitored through routine eye exams in its early stages. If it advances, there are ways to manage it, like anti-VEGF therapy or laser therapy.

Your best strategy for preventing diabetic retinopathy is the proper maintenance and monitoring of your diabetes. Visit your physician for regular appointments and follow all instructions on diet and nutrition, and other recommendations for controlling diabetes.

It’s essential to undergo regular eye exams to monitor the health of your eyes. Please book your appointment today for a diabetic eye exam, so we can diagnose and manage conditions and diseases related to diabetes.

Where to Find Us

Our optometry clinic is located in Clover Square Village, close to No Frills and Pizza Hut, right in the heart of Cloverdale, Surrey, BC. Our family has been serving the Surrey Area for over 20 years, and we would love to see you soon.

Our Address

17700 56 Ave #110
Surrey, BC V3S 1C7

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Phone: 604-574-7775

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