Comprehensive Eye Care for People with Diabetes
People living with diabetes understand they need to take particular care of their vision health. At Headwaters Optometry, we want you to receive high-quality treatment to preserve your vision for a lifetime.
In line with the Canadian Association of Optometrists, we encourage our patients with diabetes to visit us annually for an eye exam, though we may suggest a more frequent schedule based on your unique needs.
Headwaters Optometry offers comprehensive diabetic eye exams. Call us today to book an appointment.
What Are the Vision Risks for People with Diabetes?
Diabetes can cause many changes in a person’s eyes and vision. In fact, those with diabetes have 25 times the risk of blindness compared to people without.
The key thing to know is that controlling your blood sugar can prevent diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most serious eye condition associated with diabetes. It happens due to weakening or swelling in the blood vessels of the retina. If left untreated, it can cause blindness.
If your optometrist detects diabetic retinopathy, they’ll likely advise some lifestyle changes and recommend working with your endocrinologist to manage your blood sugar and quitting smoking if you smoke.
Cataracts & Glaucoma
While people without diabetes can develop cataracts, those with diabetes can develop them at a younger age. In advanced cases, cataract surgery can replace the clouded lens, or cataract, to improve vision. Sometimes, diabetic retinopathy can worsen after cataract surgery, which may lead to glaucoma.
Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma as the general population. When caught early, glaucoma can be treated with medication, eye drops, or laser surgery to preserve your vision. But if left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.
Diabetes may affect your refractive error (your prescription), causing you to be more nearsighted or farsighted. It can also cause premature presbyopia. While presbyopia is a normal part of aging (which makes it difficult to focus on near objects), those with diabetes can experience it earlier in life.
Advanced Diagnostic Technology
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
To see and evaluate any swelling of the tiny blood vessels inside your eyes, we use our OCT device to take non-invasive, cross-sectional images of your retina. We use a Maestro OCT with angiography to evaluate and monitor eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration so we can provide accurate treatment.
Find us just off Broadway and John in the little white standalone building.
- 230 Broadway
- Orangeville, ON L9W 1K5
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed