Diabetes


Known as a chronic disease that increases sugar levels which is known as high blood sugar. Diabetes prevents your body from producing or using insulin. It can affect many different parts of the eye and change your vision. Diabetes can lead to different types of ocular diseases such as Glaucoma and Cataracts, but the most serious eye problem associated with diabetes is called Diabetic Retinopathy.


Diabetic Retinopathy happens when the tiny blood vessesl in the Retina of your eye starts to weaken and swell up. This results in blood leakage and when left untreated and undetected, loss of vision can occur.



To prevent blindness, a routine eye exam is essential to early detection and treatment. Once damage has occurred, it cannot be undone (usually permanent). The first step to prevent this is to control your diabetes to minimize the risk of developing this disease.


Some of the Risk Factors are:


- High Blood Pressure

- Drinking Alcohol

- Smoking

- Pregnancy


Prevention include:


- Medication

- Diet & Excerise

- Controlling sugar intake


Treatments include:

- Lasery Therapy

- Lucentis, Avastin (intraocular injection)



Book an Eye Exam Appointment Today and check to see if you are at risk!


Call Bridgeland Crossings Optometry at 403-764- EYES (3937)

Email us at: info@bridgelandoptometry.ca

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