Eye Exams Designed for Patients with Diabetes
Eye care is an essential part of keeping on top of your health when you have diabetes. People with diabetes are at risk of eye damage as a result of long-term high blood sugar. An eye exam can detect this damage before you notice symptoms and reveal if your diabetes management isn’t working for you.
We recommend our patients with diabetes see us for an eye exam at least once a year, per the recommendations of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. We’ll provide you with a personalized schedule once we’ve seen you.
What to Expect from Your Diabetic Eye Exam
Your comprehensive diabetic eye exam includes all of the important parts of our regular adult eye exams, like assessing your visual acuity, your refractive error, and how your eyes work together.
We’ll also use advanced diagnostic technology to take images that allow us to assess the health of the inner structures of your eye. We use Optomap imaging for a wide-angle view of your retina and optical coherence tomography for a cross-sectional view of your retina. We may dilate your eyes for these tests, and your eyes might be light-sensitive for a few hours afterward.
If we detect damage to the blood vessels in your retina, we can begin treatment before you even notice symptoms.