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Diabetic Eye Exams in Winnipeg

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy is a Priority

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body creates and uses insulin. When diabetes goes unregulated, blood glucose levels can dip and spike, creating complications in many parts of the body, including the eyes.

When blood glucose levels become very high, blood pressure can spike and cause stress on the inner workings of the eyes and other organs. Diabetes can lead to a myriad of eye diseases and vision-threatening impediments, including blindness.

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy is a Priority

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body creates and uses insulin. When diabetes goes unregulated, blood glucose levels can dip and spike, creating complications in many parts of the body, including the eyes.

When blood glucose levels become very high, blood pressure can spike and cause stress on the inner workings of the eyes and other organs. Diabetes can lead to a myriad of eye diseases and vision-threatening impediments, including blindness.

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Types of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels in the eye are weakened, causing them to swell, rupture, and leak into the field of vision. New, abnormal blood vessels can grow, or the blood vessels can close off completely, depriving the eye of blood and oxygen.

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to significant changes in your ocular health and vision, and if left untreated, can even lead to blindness.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) often occurs as a result of untreated diabetic retinopathy. Macular edema occurs when a build-up of fluid around the central-most part of the retina, called the macula. The fluid causes the macula to swell and thicken, distorting vision.

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that damage and weaken the optic nerve. Diabetes can cause unregulated spikes in blood pressure, which can lead to elevated intraocular pressure. High IOP is often related to the optic nerve damage characteristic of glaucoma. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma for this reason.

Cataracts occur when the clear lens in the eye begins to cloud over. Those with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataracts. Researchers have thought that unregulated glucose levels characteristic of diabetes cause deposits to build up in the lenses of the eyes, creating blurred vision.

Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Disease

At View Pointe Vision + Style, we are dedicated to providing a well-rounded eye care experience. If you have diabetes, you should undergo a diabetic eye exam at least once a year to monitor for any changes in your health or vision.

We use state-of-the-art technology to detect and diagnose signs of diabetic eye disease.

Fundus photography involves a fundus camera, a low power specialized microscope with an attached camera to photograph and document the back of the eye. Photographs are kept on file to help monitor any changes to the retina, optic nerve, or other inner workings of the eye.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive imaging technology used to take high-resolution cross-sectional images of the retina. We can examine them to differentiate layers and measure their thickness.

Protecting Your Eyes from Diabetic Eye Disease

Although many eye conditions are hereditary and cannot be wholly prevented, having your eyes thoroughly examined regularly can help pinpoint early signs of disease. Prompt treatment in the early stages of a disease’s development can help mitigate symptoms and slow progression.

You can also adopt some lifestyle changes to minimize your chances of vision loss:

  • Control your blood glucose levels
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Attend an annual dilated eye exam

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5 Killarney Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3B1

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Phone: 204-560-8439
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Hours of Operation

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
11 AM7 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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