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Diabetic Eye Disease

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You may have heard that diabetes is a condition wherein the body is unable to make or use insulin. Because of this there are above average sugar levels in the bloodstream, ultimately leading to high blood sugar. Besides affecting a person’s blood, are you aware that this disease can also change the eye health and vision in many aspects?

Diabetes can lead to changes in people who are already suffering from eye conditions including myopia, presbyopia and hyperopia. It can cause the early onset of issues with glaucoma and cataracts. Vision distortion such as eye fatigue, blurring, flashes and floaters, double vision, fluctuation in clarity and loss of peripheral field sight can occur. Certain indications of diabetes can be discovered via an eye exam at Orillia Optometry. Your Optometrist will go over the digital retinal image taken of the posterior section of the eye and explain its significance. This picture can display symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes in the retina.

Specific diabetes treatment will vary depending on your particular case and your medical professional’s directives, but may encompass eliminating certain risks linked to the condition including alcohol, obesity, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Action taken for diabetic retinopathy may include intraocular injections or laser therapy as dictated by your Ophthalmologist and Optometrist.

Dr Moore

Written by Shawn Moore

Dr. Moore began his career in Barrie, moved to Orillia, and purchased what is now Orillia Optometry in 2001. Dr. Moore thoroughly enjoys primary care optometry, but his areas of interest are vision therapy, concussion management, contact lenses / multifocal contact lenses, and dry eye.

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