Diabetic Eye Exams in South Calgary

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Protect Your Eyes from Vision-Threatening Diseases

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects approximately 3.3 million people in Canada. The condition prevents the body from making or using insulin, which leads to unregulated blood sugar levels.

If your blood sugar levels are too high over a prolonged time, it can cause serious health problems. Hyperglycemia can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve problems, and vision problems.

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Diabetes & Your Eyes

Diabetes can affect many different parts of the eyes and, in some cases, is first detected during an eye exam. Unmanaged diabetes can lead to vision changes, cataracts, glaucoma, and various other conditions that can steal your vision.

Some of the first visual signs of diabetes include fluctuating vision, double vision, vision loss, and flashes or floaters.

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases that occur due to unregulated diabetes. High blood sugar levels start to damage the retina’s blood vessels, which can begin to swell and leak.

There are 2 main types of diabetic retinopathy:

Both types can affect your vision, so you should visit us as soon as possible if you begin to experience symptoms.

Diabetic macular edema is typically a complication of diabetic retinopathy. When the blood vessels leak fluid into the eye, it can cause swelling in the central part of the retina, called the macula.

The retina is responsible for converting light that enters the eye into a detailed message. When it is swollen, it distorts the message, making it difficult to see clearly. If left untreated, macular edema can lead to irreversible damage and vision loss.

Symptoms to Watch For

If you have diabetes, your optometrist may recommend you come in more frequently for exams. Regular, comprehensive eye exams can pinpoint early signs of eye disease that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetic eye disease include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Frequently changing vision (different day to day)
  • Dark areas in vision or vision loss
  • Poor colour vision
  • Floaters
  • Flashers

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Visit Us at Calgary Family Eye Doctors

Where is Our Office?

Find us just off Southport Road SW on the west side of Macleod Trail.

Where Can You Park?

There is ample free parking directly outside the professional building.

Our Address

11th Floor, 1125-10655 Southport Road SW
Calgary, AB T2W 4Y1

Contact Information

Phone: 403-225-5660
Fax: 403-225-5927
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
9 AM7 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM7 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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