Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020 $$

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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is a condition that affects up to 2 million Canadians over the age of 12 according to a Statistics Canada report issued in 2010. While the more common effects of diabetes are relatively well known, such as low insulin production and adverse conditions caused by high blood sugar, what is less commonly known is that diabetes can have a direct and adverse effect on vision.


Diabetes is a well known risk factor for both myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), and most diabetics have an increased likelihood of needing vision correction at some point in their life.
The highest risk faced by diabetics is for a specific type of vision condition known as retinopathy. This condition occurs when fine blood vessels inside the eye and retina, which are extraordinarily sensitive to blood and circulation conditions such as diabetes and arterial hypertension, can become damaged and/or leak, causing pressure to build up inside the eye. If left untreated, retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetics.
Early detection of retinopathy is key in preventing vision loss, and can occur with regular testing during an eye exam using retinal imaging equipment. Once detected, retinopathy can be treated with orally administered medication, or, if necessary, laser therapy of the retina. In most cases, a combination of both medication and laser therapy is used to promote the the highest chance of continued vision.

Other Concerns For Diabetics

While retinopathy is the most worrying condition, diabetics are also at higher risk of developing other vision conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. Diabetes has been known to cause sudden and pronounced visual distortions such as sudden tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision), blurry vision, sudden and acute eye fatigue, and fluctuations in visual clarity.
Some vision conditions for diabetics may be the first signs of emergency symptoms that may be evidence of deeper issues. Black spots in vision, painfully bright flashes of light in vision while in a normal light environment, blurred vision that does not correct itself after a few seconds, or “holes” in vision (acute vision loss), are all symptoms of serious conditions including retinopathy, and should be investigated immediately, either at an optometrist’s or hospital emergency room.

What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
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Eyewear Boutique

Looking for a new pair of designer frames, some prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, or to fill your contact lens prescription? Our eyewear boutique offers the latest fashionable eyewear as well as a diverse selection of contact lenses.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.


1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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