Elora Optometry

Diabetic Eye Exams

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WHAT DOES DIABETES MEAN FOR YOUR VISION

Diabetes, a group of diseases that affect how your body processes sugar, can have a significant impact on your day to day life. Most people have a general idea of how it affects the body, but you may not understand how diabetes can affect your vision in particular.

Diabetes increases your chances of developing a variety of eye diseases, including open-angle glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is recommended by the Canadian Optometry Association that you have your eyes examined thoroughly at least once per year.

PROTECT YOUR EYESIGHT

The two most common types of glaucoma are open-angle and angle-closure glaucoma. For patients with diabetes, the chances of developing open-angle glaucoma are almost doubled.

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canal responsible for circulating fluids out of your eye begins to become blocked or clogged while the angle between the iris and cornea is still open enough to allow some drainage. This slowly causes pressure to build up inside the eye, gradually damaging the optic nerve.

Cataracts are a relatively common condition that many of us will develop as we grow older, but the chances of developing this condition doubles in patients with diabetes. Cataracts cause the lenses in your eyes to cloud over. Over time, they become thicker, less flexible, and less transparent.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that can occur when diabetes isn’t managed correctly. Because of the higher sugar levels in your blood, the tiny vessels behind the retina become blocked, prompting your body to grow new ones to make up for the lost blood supply. However, these new vessels are fragile and often leak fluids into the retina.

This leak manifests itself in many ways. Some symptoms you might experience include seeing dark spots or strings floating in your vision (also known as floaters). It can also cause your vision to become blurred, or you might even experience permanent vision loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately or visit your nearest emergency room.

MANAGING DIABETES & YOUR EYE SIGHT

Managing your eye’s health is more important than ever after developing diabetes. Our optometrists use a state-of-the-art Optos machine to create an optomap image of your retina.

Taking an optomap image is easy and only takes a few seconds. With this image, your optometrist can get a detailed look at your retina and can detect signs of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration .

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Whether you have been living with diabetes for a while or if you have just been diagnosed, it is important to set up regular eye exams so your optometrist can help you effectively manage your eye health.

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Your Vision, Our Mission

We are committed to providing you with great vision. Visit us today!

Where to Park

Access from Victoria Street – parking is available behind the building. The elevator access from the parking lot.

Our Address

54 Victoria St. Unit 201
Elora, ON N0B 1SO

Contact Information

Phone: 519-846-0030
Fax: 519-846-8536

Hours of Operation

Monday
8 AM8 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM8 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
9 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed
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