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Diabetic Eye Exams in Dorchester, ON

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Preserving Vision Health with Diabetes

Diabetes poses unique challenges not only for blood sugar levels but also for your vision. At Dorchester Optometry, we employ modern diagnostic technology, including retinal photography and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), to aid in the early detection and management of diabetes-related vision issues. 

If you have diabetes, an annual diabetic eye exam is important in preserving your long-term eye health. Book online to schedule your appointment today.

What to Expect from a Diabetic Eye Exam

During your exam, our experienced optometrist conducts a thorough check-up of your eyes and vision. This includes dilation, checking for signs of eye disease, and examining the back of the eye for potential issues.

Our technology and expertise allow us to closely examine your retina for any signs of issues. Following your exam, we can begin preparing a personalized treatment plan. 

Understanding How Diabetes Impacts Vision

Diabetes heightens the risk of several serious conditions that can impact your vision if left untreated, including:

Diabetic retinopathy is a primary concern for vision loss associated with diabetes. Many diabetic eye diseases can be challenging to detect without a comprehensive eye exam, as they’re often asymptomatic in the early stages. 

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

High blood sugar in diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, which causes damage to the tiny blood vessels supplying the retina. This can lead to leakage, bleeding, or abnormal blood vessel growth on the retina. Early stages may exhibit no symptoms, but signs can include:

  • Spots or floaters in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night

Regular dilated eye exams are essential, as they allow your eye doctor to monitor vision changes and recommend timely treatment.

Our Diagnostic Technology

Technology can help us gain a better understanding of your eye health. To provide comprehensive eye care, we use technology like OCTA and ultra-widefield retinal imaging.

We pride ourselves on providing a high level of medical care for our patients’ eyes. Imaging of the back of the eye is unfortunately not covered by OHIP but is a critical part of managing diabetic changes in the eyes.

We would be happy to submit these fees to your private insurance, or we have payment plan options available if needed so we can take care of your eye health.

OCTA provides insights into microvascular changes in the retina, helping with early detection and monitoring of diabetic retinopathy. This noninvasive imaging test plays an important role in managing diabetes.

Colour fundus retinal photography is a photography system that takes colour images of the inside surface of the eye using a microscope attached to the camera.

The interior surface of the eye captured through this fundus photography includes the retina, vascular system, optic disc, macula, and fundus to get a full view of the health of the eye. Fundus photography assists in diagnosing conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and macular edema.

Diabetic Eye Exams Backed by Technology

Our diabetic eye exams are personalized to your needs and performed by our experienced team, supported by innovative diagnostic technology. We’re dedicated to helping you maintain healthy long-term vision. Schedule your appointment online and take a proactive approach to diabetes-related vision issues.

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