Diabetic Eye Exams in Calgary

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Annual Diabetic Eye Exams Are Important

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can affect various parts of the body, including your eyes and vision. At Vivid Eye Care, we understand the importance of comprehensive diabetic eye care for safeguarding your vision and overall health.

Diabetes can affect the retina or blood vessels in the eyes, and the visual impacts of diabetes can include:

  • Floaters—spots, shapes, or lines which move around in your field of vision
  • Areas of vision that are dark or blurry
  • Diminished colour saturation
  • Partial or total vision loss
  • An increased risk of other eye conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts

If you have diabetes, we recommend you have your eyes examined annually. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

Why Are Diabetic Eye Exams Important?

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing several eye diseases, including:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
  • Diabetic macular edema: Fluid buildup in the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision.
  • Glaucoma: An eye condition that can damage the optic nerve.
  • Cataracts: Clouding of the eye’s natural lens.

Early detection and management of these conditions are crucial for preventing vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy & Diabetic Macular Edema

Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

This form of retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels that provide nourishment to the retina weaken—this can cause the blood vessels to leak, rupture, and hemorrhage. Subsequently, the retina begins to swell, resulting in impaired vision.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

As nonproliferative retinopathy worsens, the blood vessels eventually become blocked or closed, causing parts of the retina to die. New but fragile blood vessels grow in their place, which are much more prone to leaking and hemorrhaging. This proliferative form of retinopathy can further impair vision to the point of potential blindness.

Detecting & Managing Diabetic Eye Disease

At Vivid Eye Care, we conduct comprehensive eye exams that use advanced and reliable methods to diagnose diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema. As the effects of these diseases are permanent, it is important to diagnose them early in order to save your vision.

You should book an appointment with our team if you are experiencing any of the symptoms or side effects of diabetic eye disease or if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is a significant concern for those with diabetes and can lead to vision loss. 

Signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can include: 

  • A loss of central vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing and driving at night

Diabetic macular edema is an additional side effect of diabetic retinopathy, whereby the swelling of the retina causes the macula to deteriorate, resulting in blurred and impaired central vision.

It is important to note that there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema at this time.

Effective treatment comes by managing diabetes and monitoring blood sugar levels to prevent the progression of retinopathy. More direct and focused treatment options include:

  • Panretinal Photocoagulation: This procedure uses heat from a laser to seal or destroy abnormal, leaking blood vessels in the retina.
  • Anti-VEGF Treatments: This involves administering medicines directly into the eye  to reduce new blood vessel growth.

Proactive Eye Care for a Brighter Future

At Vivid Eye Care, we are committed to partnering with you to protect your vision and overall well-being. By scheduling regular diabetic eye exams and maintaining good blood sugar control, you can reduce your risk of vision complications.

Don’t wait for vision problems to arise—contact us to schedule your diabetic eye exam today.

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Cranston Market

Our Cranston Market clinic is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just 2 minutes off Deerfoot Trail near Stoney Trail SE. We’re located on Cranston Road SE, located in the same plaza as Sobeys and Scotiabank.

Our Address

  • 356 Cranston Road SE #1020
  • Calgary, AB T3M 0S9

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Meadows Mile

Our Meadows Mile clinic is located on the ground level of the Meadows Miles Professional Building facing Blackfoot Trail. We are just 2 minutes from Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail between Southland and Heritage Drives, up the hill from Ikea near the luxury car dealerships.

Our Address

  • 8500 Blackfoot Trl. SE, Unit 130
  • Calgary, AB T2J 7E1

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