Diabetic Eye Exams in North Toronto

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Specialized Eye Care for Diabetic Eyes

Diabetes affects the whole body, including the eyes. The risk of blindness is twenty-five times higher for someone with diabetes, making it the leading cause of blindness in Canada. Because diabetes increases your risk for eye disease and blindness, it’s crucial for patients with diabetes to get regular eye exams.

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How Often Do I Need a Diabetic Eye Exam?

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you should visit your optometrist as soon as possible for a comprehensive, diabetic eye exam. After that, you should visit at least once per year for a diabetic eye exam, though your optometrist may suggest you visit more often.

Many eye diseases associated with diabetes have no symptoms in the early stages, making an eye exam the best tool for early detection so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

OHIP covers one eye exam every 12 months for those with diabetes. Any necessary follow-up appointments are also covered.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes can increase your risk of eye diseases like glaucoma, or conditions such as cataracts.

Diabetes can also cause diabetic-specific eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, all of these diseases can lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged. These damaged blood vessels bleed and leak fluid, distorting and damaging your vision over time. With early diagnosis, however, the risk of vision loss can be reduced by 95%.

Eye exams allow your optometrist to detect diabetic retinopathy early and enable you to get the proper treatment. In the early stages, treatment includes blood sugar and blood pressure management. As the disease progresses, injections, laser treatment, and surgery are additional options.

Diabetic macular edema is most commonly caused by untreated diabetic retinopathy. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, fluid accumulates in the retina, causing swelling. This swelling is known as edema and occurs in the central part of the retina called the macula.

Edema is a serious complication that can cause severe vision problems and blindness if left untreated. However, if it is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated using similar methods to diabetic retinopathy, including injections, laser treatment, and surgery.

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Where to Find Us

Find us on the 5th floor of the Hullmark Corporate Centre.

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Underground parking is accessible via Anndale Drive. The subway can be accessed via the Sheppard-Yonge station.

Our Address

4789 Yonge Street, Suite 505
North York, ON M2N 0G3

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Phone: 416-322-0379
Fax: 416-322-9964
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