November- Diabetes Awareness Month
The Canadian Diabetes Association indicates that one in three Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes can lead to many health complications can have negative effects on your vision and eye health.
Diabetes is the single largest cause of blindness in Canada.
Diabetes affects the tiny blood vessels inside your eye (retina). Diabetic retinopathy is were the tiny blood vessels leak blood or fluid inside your eye and thus cause damage to the retina and blurry vision.
Eyes can the first place we suspect diabetes.
During an eye exam we can look at the tiny blood vessels in the back of your eyes to check for changes. In some cases the first signs of diabetes will be in your eyes. Sudden changes in vision can also be an indicator for possible blood sugar concerns related to diabetes.
How do I know I have Diabetes in my eyes?
In early stages of diabetes there may be no symptoms which is why it is important to get your eyes checked regularly as we can detect small changes in your eyes. Symptoms of diabetes include: blurred vision, sudden vision changes, spots in your vision and even double vision.
Diabetic eye health assessments are our office are covered by Alberta Healthcare. We have advanced imaging which can allow us to better detect and diagnose changes related to diabetes. If you have any questions about diabetes and your eyes please let us know.