Diabetic Retinal Exam

Diabetic Retinal Exam

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes and a potentially sight-threatening disease. It damages the blood vessels in the retina and can get worse over time. Regular screenings are important for people with diabetes as many symptoms may not develop until the diabetic retinopathy is quite severe. 

The sooner we detect it, the more effectively we can treat it. There are various exam methods but the most common ones include:

  • Visual Acuity Testing - measures your eye’s ability to focus and see various details at different distances and helps detect vision loss
  • Ophthalmoscopy and Slit Lamp Exam - viewing the back of your eye to detect a clouding of your lens, changes to the retina, and various other problems
  • Gonioscopy - to see whether the area where the fluid drains from your eye is closed - if one of our Calgary eye doctors suspects you have glaucoma, this test will be done
  • Tonometry - measures the level of pressure inside the eye - also used to detect glaucoma as diabetes can greatly increase your risk of glaucoma

Other Measures

There is no permanent cure for diabetic retinopathy, but Blink Eyecare offers various treatments that prevent or delay vision loss effectively.

Photocoagulation, or laser treatment, can be very effective if performed before there is too much damage to the retina. Also, injections of an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor may help, as can removal of the vitreous gel.

These are some of the measures taken if the diabetic retinopathy has affected the centre of the retina, or if the peripheral vision is damaged. Treatment may not be required at all but you will be advised to check your vision regularly. There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy so it's essential to be continually screened as, even if you've received prior treatment, symptoms can return and the procedure may need to be repeated to delay further damage to your sight

Our Eye Exams

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Blink Eyewear is the largest provider of vision services and care in Calgary, operating no fewer than 3 accessible locations across the region. All of our stores are inventoried with the most sought-after designer and commercial frames and eyewear for all occasions and purposes. 

Home to experienced optometrists and opticians, our stores also offer comprehensive eye exams to individuals of all ages, emergency eye care, and the treatment and management of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Your all-in-one source for everything vision related

Blink Eyewear boasts the largest collection of eyewear in Calgary, but our 3 locations are also home to the region’s finest optometrists. Just as you will not find a better store to shop for your eyewear, you will not find a better vision clinic to do your eye exam or treat your eye condition. 

Go ahead and Blink; what you see is really what you get. Call one of our store numbers or fill out the form below to book an appointment.

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