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Diabetic Eye Exam

If You Have Diabetes, Ensure You Have Your Eyes Examined Annually

People With Diabetes Have Greater Risk for Certain Eye Diseases

Including an increased risk for cataractsglaucoma, 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.

Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms
  • 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
Testing & Diagnosis

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.

Next Steps

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 permanenet 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.

GBOC Testimonials

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach