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