If you have diabetes you are at risk of diabetic retinopathy. Our optometrists at True Vision work closely with your primary care physician and retinal specialists to help manage your condition. It is recommended to have a dilated diabetic exam at least once per year. These examinations are covered by Alberta Health Care.
Diabetic retinopathy can vary in severity, it is important to manage your condition by exercising, eating healthily and taking medications as prescribed by your physician. Diabetic retinopathy is a result of leakage of blood vessels in your retina. There can also be leakage at the macula which is where our central vision is. This is called diabetic macular edema (DME). Patients who have DME may be symptomatic for blurred vision and can lead to vision loss. Other findings with diabetic retinopathy are new blood vessel growth, bleeding into the vitreous or even retinal detachments. As the condition progresses, patients may need to be referred to a retinal specialist who may perform laser surgery or injections into the eye with medications.
Optometrists at True Vision use their clinical experience, as well as an imaging technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to manage the condition and triage patients to a specialist as needed.
Our optometrists at True Vision work closely with your primary care physician and retinal specialists to help manage your condition.