Complications From Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyesight
Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate the glucose (sugar) in the blood. It’s a condition that affects many Canadians, and people with this disease can enjoy their lives healthily and safely.
But, complications from diabetes can have an impact on your vision. It’s vital to be proactive to ensure optimal visual health. To protect your eyesight, we recommend annual eye exams for our patients with diabetes.
If you have questions about diabetes and eye health or would like to book a diabetic eye exam, reach out to Toronto Centre Eye Care.
Visual Complications From Diabetes
Diabetes can result in higher blood glucose levels, and this can affect your vision.
Blurry vision can be an indication that blood glucose levels are elevated. You can temporarily correct blurred vision by adjusting insulin levels, but if blood sugar levels remain high for a prolonged period, it can lead to diabetic eye diseases.
If you frequently experience blurry vision or blurred vision for extended periods, call our team right away to book an appointment.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye condition linked to diabetes. High blood sugar levels for a prolonged period can cause damage to the eyes’ blood vessels, resulting in bulging and leaking blood vessels.
In more advanced cases of diabetic retinopathy, the retina attempts to grow new (abnormal) blood vessels to compensate for fluid loss. These new vessels break easily, creating scar tissue and causing floaters in the visual field.
In the early stages of this condition, there may be no symptoms or only temporary instances of blurred vision. However, as diabetic retinopathy progresses, it can severely impact the retina and result in vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a complication of diabetic retinopathy. It results from repeated damage to the retina’s tiny blood vessels, which causes a buildup of fluid under the macula. The macula is at the centre of the retina, and its primary purpose is to provide precise, sharp detail at the centre of your vision. This buildup can swell the macula, leading to vision loss.
DME is manageable if caught in its earliest stages and treated regularly.
Proactive Care for Your Vision
Our optometrists recommend one eye exam per year for our patients with diabetes. Working together, we can proactively help your vision stay clear and bright for many years to come.
We can help manage the effects of diabetes on your eyesight. Compassionate vision care is just a call away. Book your diabetic eye exam today.
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- 180 Dundas St West, Unit #103
- Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
- Phone: 416-597-3937
- Fax: 416-597-3967
- Email: [email protected]
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Why Choose Us?
Medically-Focused & Compassionate Staff
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff guide you through your eye care appointment with kindness. You may feel like you’re the only patient they have.
Advanced High-End Technology
We invest in the latest advanced technologies that allow us to determine the functionality of your eyes accurately.
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We carry high-end, reputable eyewear brands, like Ray-Ban, Hugo Boss, and Versace. Our optical staff will happily make recommendations based on your aesthetic, face shape, and personal style.