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Eye Exams Protect Your Eyes from Diabetic Risks

Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body produces and uses insulin. Insulin processes glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream by turning it into energy. When your body can’t complete this process, glucose remains in your blood and can damage your organs, nerves, and blood vessels.

Since your eyes are so delicate and the blood vessels that nourish them are fragile, high blood sugar levels are especially risky for your eye health. The best protection for your eyes, especially if you have diabetes or prediabetes, is an annual eye exam.

Your optometrist uses sophisticated diagnostic equipment to check your eyes for signs of eye disease related to your diabetes. They can also diagnose diabetes during an eye exam, even before your family physician can.

We offer diabetic eye exams at Blue Water Optometry. Please book an appointment for your annual exam so we can monitor your ocular health. We’re here to protect your eyesight and mitigate your risks.

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How Diabetes Affects the Eyes

You are unlikely to experience vision loss if your blood sugar is high for a short period. But diabetes can lead to various ocular complications if not managed properly.

You may experience temporary blurred vision if your blood sugar levels spike. High blood sugar can change fluid levels or cause the tissues in the eyes to swell. This blurred vision will go away when your blood sugar levels return to normal.

Suppose your blood sugar levels remain high for an extended time. In that case, it can damage the tiny blood vessels in your eyes, increasing your risk of developing diabetic eye diseases, like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels have damaged the delicate blood vessels that supply the retina. This damage can weaken the vessels, making them bulge or leak into the retina.

As the disease advances, blood vessels close and become blocked, causing new ones to grow. These new abnormal blood vessels can lead to a series of complications that impact your ocular health.

Diabetes can lead to swelling in your macula, the part of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. This swelling is called diabetic macular edema and can destroy your sharp vision. It’s a common complication of diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Eye Disease Testing

At Bluewater Optometry, we have invested in state-of-the-art diagnostic testing equipment so we can detect signs of diabetic eye diseases in their earliest stages.

Fundus Photography

Fundus photography is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses an advanced camera to take high-definition images of the eye’s interior surface. It’s a useful tool for diagnosing problems with the retina, retinal vasculature, optic disc, macula, and fundus.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technology that uses light to take high-definition cross-section images of the inside of the eye. These images can help us diagnose problems with the retina or optic nerve.

Book Your Diabetic Eye Exam Today

Annual eye exams are crucial for protecting your eyes from the risks of diabetic eye diseases. At Blue Water Optometry, we’re ready to help you maintain strong, healthy eyes. Conveniently book your appointment online today!

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We’re on the corner of Exmouth Street and Napier Street, right across from Norm Perry Park.

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251 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 5M7

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9 AM5 PM
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We are closed for all statutory holidays, and long weekends.

Hours are subject to change without notice.

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