During your exam, we will assess your vision and eye structures using specialized techniques and technology. Our state-of-the-art equipment includes a specialized fundus camera to photograph the back of the eye. We also use optical coherence tomography to take detailed pictures of your retina and macula, which allows us to better detect, treat, and manage diabetic eye disease.
However, two diseases can form as a direct result of diabetes: Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. If these diseases are not detected and treated, these conditions can be detrimental to healthy, clear vision.
High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy.
Over time, high blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the retina to break down or become blocked. The body is triggered to grow new vessels, but they are often weak, which can result in vision loss and even blindness.
Diabetic Macular Edema
If diabetic retinopathy remains undiagnosed and continues to develop, it can evolve into diabetic macular edema. Like diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema is caused by blood vessel damage in the retina. As the blood vessels become more damaged, they leak blood and fluid into the retina, causing the macula (the part of the eye responsible for central vision) to swell. When this happens, it can lead to compromised vision and, in some cases, blindness.
Our eye care practice is well-established and is a clinic of choice for patients in the Edmonton and St. Albert areas. We are proud to offer eye care services and personal styling at three locations for your convenience.
Edmonton Optometrist – Jasper Ave Location
We are available for private consultations outside of our regular scheduled hours, call us to find out more!