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 Exams

People With Diabetes Have Greater Risk for Certain Eye Diseases

Including an increased risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which damages the blood vessels in the retina (and other parts of the eye) causing irreparable vision loss.

There Is No Reason Not to Get Annual Eye Exams

An eye exam is painless and enables us to get an accurate picture of your eye health. If you have diabetes, OHIP provides coverage for annual eye exams.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Damage to the blood vessels within and around the retina causing cloudy, hazy, blurry vision. It can cause blindness if left untreated.

What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?

Prolonged periods of hyperglycemia causes glucose to accumulate in your blood vessels. High blood glucose levels eventually weaken the walls of the blood vessels in your eye, causing diabetic retinopathy. The risk of developing retinopathy is directly related to how long you’ve had diabetes, or how well maintained your blood sugar levels are.

  • Blurry vision
  • Dark spot/blind spot in centre field of vision
  • Poor night visibility
  • Floaters and spots
  • Distorted vision
  • Eye pain, feeling of pressure
  • Development of cataracts

During your eye exam, we will use specialized equipment to look at the inside of your eye. We will dilate your eyes using eye drops in order to provide a better view of your retina.

After the exam, your eyes will be blurry for a few hours, though you should be able to return to normal activities shortly after the exam. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light- we recommend bringing sunglasses with you.

Maintaining Ideal Blood Sugar Levels is Important

Though diabetes increases your risk for some eye diseases, those risks can be managed by effectively controlling your blood sugar levels. Periods of hyperglycemia or hypertension can have a dramatic impact on your eye health.

When it comes to eye health, prevention is far more effective than restoration. Unfortunately, most vision loss is permanent and blindness can occur if it is not treated appropriately.

Lifestyle Factors that Influence Diabetic Eye Diseases

Living a healthy lifestyle is recommended for all people, but especially if you have diabetes. Eating well, following your treatment plans, and exercising regularly do a great job in helping manage your blood sugar levels.

If you are struggling to formulate or stick to a diet, we can help. Learn more about eye wellness and nutrition.

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.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

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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.

Address

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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