Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetic Eye Care in Mississauga

Diabetic Eye Exams

Have you been recently diagnosed with Diabetes? Do you have Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus or gestational diabetes? If you answered yes, you should have had a comprehensive eye health and vision exam in the past year.

Diabetic retinopathy affects the retina and its small blood vessels. It’s North America’s leading cause of preventable blindness in people aged 30-69 years of age. It is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 20-74. The damage to the blood vessels occurs without pain or early vision loss. It is therefore imperative to have regular eye exams, even in the absence of symptoms, for early detection and intervention to prevent permanent vision loss.

To minimize the risk, patients with diabetes should control blood sugar levels well through proper diet and exercise, follow their doctors prescribed medical therapy and have their eyes examined at least once every year by their eye care professional. A 10-year study showed that people with insulin-dependent diabetes who strictly managed their blood-glucose levels experienced 76% less eye damage. A 1% decline in blood-glucose levels resulted in a 40% decline in risk of developing vision loss. Watch the animation below detailing diabetic retinopathy.

We employ the Eidon digital retinal camera to aid in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and assist  in monitoring the disease and treatment over time. We have the ability to employ the EyeArt® A.I. Eye Screening System: an FDA approved system that leverages the capabilities of artificial intelligence to provide a robust diabetic retinopathy assessment. This system, in conjuction with our digital fundus camera to acquire digital images of the retina, can use powerful deep learning and image analysis algorithms to assess image quality to facilitate managing diabetic eye disease.

A dilated fundus exam is part of the standard diabetic eye examination. Reports to your physician and endocrinologist will be sent following your examination. Your retinal images will also be emailed to you at the conclusion of your visit.

Diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness for Canadians under 65. Evidence supports the use of supplements to improve eyesight, reducing vascular permeability and reduce progression and improved contrast sensitivity.  The antioxidant properties of the carotenoid pigments of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-xeathanthin, as a group, works best.

 

 

Patients with diabetes are also more prone to developing cataracts and at an earlier age. Daily use of sunglasses is strongly recommended. To learn more, visit our blog post on the topic.