“Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults under 65”

– Canadian Diabetes Association

The most severe condition caused by Diabetes is Diabetic Retinopathy which affects 2 million Canadians. Left untreated it can lead to blindness and vision loss. It can also cause changes in your vision quality and unanticipated Presbyopia. Other associated complications include cataracts, glaucoma, paralysis of the nerves in your eye, and decreased corneal sensitivity.

Prevention of Diabetes Related Eye Conditions

  • Get a comprehensive eye exam as soon as you’re diagnosed with Diabetes.

  • Follow your health care professional’s instructions to control your Diabetes.

  • Minimum of one comprehensive eye exam per year to diagnose any changes in your eyes.

  • If you experience any changes in your vision book an eye exam immediately.

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Symptoms Of Diabetes Related Eye Complications

  • Visual field loss or changes.

  • Visual flashing or floaters in the eye.

  • Intermittent double vision.

  • Blurring or shifts in vision.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

It occurs over time when there is weakening or swelling of blood vessels in the retina, this causes blood leakage, and other changes and results in visual changes. It can also cause the Macula to swell . If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, blindness can result.

With early detection, treatment, and follow-up care you can reduce the risk of serious, permanent vision loss by 95 percent.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is critical, as treatments have much higher success rates at early stages.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy is first carefully monitored by your Market Mall optometrist through comprehensive eye exams.

  • Intraocular injections of anti-VEGF therapy.

  • Laser therapy – Using lasers to seal leaking blood vessels.
  • Retinal surgery.

Got a question for your Market Mall optometrist?