Diabetic Eye Exams in Markham

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Diabetes & Your Vision

Diabetes is a serious condition that can affect the way your body uses and processes glucose, a vital sugar used to provide energy to the cells that make up your muscles and other tissues. With diabetes, your blood can develop an excess of sugar, which can lead to serious health problems, including problems with your vision and eye health.

A diabetes diagnosis increases your chances of developing various eye diseases, which is why the COA recommends that any person with diabetes undergo an eye exam at least once a year.

Open-angle glaucoma is one of the most common forms of glaucoma that patients develop, and people with diabetes are almost twice as likely to develop the disease.

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the intraocular pressure (IOP) of your eye rises due to blockages in your eyes drainage canal. This leads to damage to the optic nerve and permanent vision loss.

With diabetes, the chances of developing cataracts is doubled. Cataracts are a relatively common eye condition that sees the eye developing a cloudy or milky film in your lens. Generally, this is caused by ageing as your lens becomes less flexible, less transparent, and thicker, but diabetes can speed up this process.

One disease that is directly correlated to diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. Tiny blood vessels behind your eye become blocked due to the higher levels of sugar in your bloodstream, and the blockages can trigger a development small and delicate vessels. These smaller vessels can break easily and can leak blood and other fluids into your retina.

If a leak forms, you may start to experience vision loss. This can look like dark spots or strings floating in your vision, or your eyesight may become blurry. This is considered an emergency, and you should either contact us immediately or visit your nearest emergency room.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a side-effect of diabetic retinopathy. When the blood vessels that are made as a result of a diabetes diagnosis start to break and leak fluid, the accumulation of fluid in the macula is called DME.

How We Test Your Eyes

We take diabetes very seriously. Neglecting regular eye exams can leave you vulnerable for a whole host of eye diseases. This is why we use state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge techniques to monitor your eye health.

Fundus Photography

Fundus photography uses a fundus camera to capture images of the interior surface of the eye. It’s able to see the retina, macula, the vascular system of the retina, as well as the optic disc. This camera can help spot issues with your retina, detecting symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical Coherence Tomography, also known as OCT, is an imaging technology that captures cross-sectional images of the retina. OCT’s use light rays to determine the thickness as well as get insight into the vascular system of the retina.

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If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, take the time to book your annual eye exam. It can possibly save your vision.

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Our office is conveniently located at #101, 30 Gibson Drive in Alderland Centre, just an East-bound turn off Warden Road. To help serve you better, there is plenty of parking available just behind our practice.

We offer great hours for your convenience. We are open until 7:00 PM on Wednesdays and offer Saturday appointments.

Address

30 Gibson Dr #101
Markham, ON L3R 2S3

Contact Information

Phone: 905.940.2015
[email protected]

Hours of Operations

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
11 AM6 PM
Wednesday
11 AM7 PM
Thursday
11 AM6 PM
Friday
11 AM6 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

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