Diabetic Eye Exams in Medicine Hat, AB

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Safeguard Your Vision

Your eyes are sensitive, and their wellbeing can change depending on your overall health, especially if you have diabetes. However, this does not mean you are entirely left without protection. By having regular eye exams with your team, you can take an active part in monitoring your eye health and possibly mitigating the effects diabetes can have on your vision.

Please, book an appointment with us today and have help managing your diabetes today.

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How Diabetes Affects Your Vision

Diabetes is a systemic disease that can affect different aspects of your health, including your heart, teeth, and eyes. Diabetes causes your body to improperly process sugar, or glucose, leading to health conditions related to high blood sugar.

If you have diabetes, you may be at risk for developing different eye diseases and conditions; some of them include:

  • Open-angle glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma people could develop during their lifetimes. However, with diabetes, the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma is nearly doubled. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when small blockages form in the drainage canal of your eye, known as the trabecular meshwork. When your intraocular fluid can’t drain through this canal, it raises your intraocular eye pressure, which can damage your optic nerve and lead to vision loss.
  • Cataracts. Cataracts are a common eye disease that can occur even if you don’t have diabetes. However, diabetes can speed up cataract progression, leading to vision loss. Cataracts are an eye condition that causes the crystalline lens of your eye to become rigid and cloudy.
  • Diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that occurs when vessels behind the retina become blocked or clogged due to the high levels of sugar in your bloodstream. When they’re blocked, they can bulge and leak, permanently damaging your vision.
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME). Diabetic macular edema occurs when measures aren’t taken to mitigate diabetic retinopathy. As fluids leak from the blood vessels, it can also cause the macula to swell as well, leading to permanent vision loss.

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The Technology We Use

Our Optos imaging tools can help take highly detailed images of your retina, allowing your optometrist to inspect its health and vascular system.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans can capture cross-sectional images of the retina using technology that is quite similar to an ultrasound. However, instead of sound, OCT’s use light. These are effective at detecting signs of DME and diabetic retinopathy.

Fundus photography is a tool used by optometrists to capture full-colour photographs of the interior of your eye. These photographs can help your optometrist inspect the wellbeing of your macula, retina, retinal vascular system, and your optic disc.

Autofluorescence imaging allows your optometrist to inspect the interior of your eye using naturally occurring fluorescence and blue light. These capture black-and-white images that can help detect issues forming with the macula.

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Manage Your Diabetes. Book Your Appointment

With the help of a trained optometrist, you can find the right solutions to match you and your diabetic symptoms. Contact us, book your appointment, and do your part to protect your vision!

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Where to Find Us

We are easy to locate and have ample parking. You can find us on Dunmore Road, between TD Wealth and Moxie’s.

Our Address

3094 Dunmore Rd. SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 2X2

Our Phone Number

Phone: 403-526-4849

Our Hours

8 AM5 PM
8 AM5 PM
8 AM5 PM
8 AM7:30 PM
8 AM5 PM

*7AM-8AM exams available by appointment

Our Eye Care Services

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