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Eye Exams - Patients with Diabetes

 

If you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for a number of years, than you've probably heard about the importance of annual eye health examinations by an optometrist. But why?

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of vision loss in North America. But it doesn't have to be. Eye care providers now have access to treatment options for most diabetic complications, however, early detection is the key to successful treatment or stabilization of diabetic complications. Diabetes can lead towards to increase your chance of developing many types of eye health conditions, some of which include:

  • Increased chance of developing glaucoma
  • Increased chance of developing cataracts
  • Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy 
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy
  • Papilledema (swelling) of the optic nerve head
  • Visual fluctuations 2nd to unstable blood sugar levels

Diabetes can also lead to other complications such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Erectile Dysfunction in Men
  • Nerve Damage 

Many Edmontonians believe that they now have to see an ophthalmologist because of their diagnosis. This is simply not the case. Optometrists are well trained to detect and help manage all aspects of diabetic eye care. Optometrists are often faster and easier to book an appointment with, and some visits may also be covered under Alberta Health Care. If diabetic retinopathy or other diabetic related eye disease is discovered by your eye doctor, our office will ensure that all the referrals are made to an appropriate eye specialists. Kingsway Optometry will also provide written reports to your family physician to ensure that they are up to date with your visual health. 

Important:

**Alberta Health Care now covers all diabetic patients for an annual eye health evaluation, but not a complete eye health examination, by their local optometrist. Patients must present with proof of their eye disease (typically a note from their family physician or pharmacist confirming their diagnosis), along with a valid Alberta Health Care card. These examinations look only at eye health, and will not produce a prescription for glasses. This program was launch by the Alberta Government to help patient receive timely access to eye care, and to try to minimize devastating vision loss. 

To learn more about diabetes, please visit the Canadian Diabetes Association website.  

 

 

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