Diabetes Related Treatments

Treatment options for a better quality of life.

If you suffer from diabetes, side effects can include glaucoma, cataracts and other vision-related impediments.

With regular eye exams, we can detect problems early, you will have more options and may qualify for medicines and other treatments which may help prevent problems from getting worse.

Proactive approach. Preventative care. Supportive environment.

How does diabetes affect eye care?

Diabetes can harm your eyes. It can damage the small blood vessels in your retina, which is the back part of your eye. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes also increases your risk of having glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye problems.

You may not know there is any damage to your eyes until the problem is very bad. But, with regular eye exams, your health care provider can catch problems early and can offer medicines and other treatments which may help prevent them from getting worse.

Benefits to early detection

With early detection, you can address serious eye problems including:

Cataracts: Cloudiness of the eye lens.
Glaucoma: Increased pressure in the eye that can lead to blindness.
Macular edema: Blurry vision due to fluid leaking into the area of the retina that provides sharp central vision.
Retinal detachment: Scarring that may cause part of the retina to pull away from the back of your eyeball.

Characteristics

Changes in the retina due to diabetes are usually treated with laser. The treatment strives to preserve the current visual ability, but rarely improves visual acuity.

The treatment takes between 5 and 20 minutes and you can go home immediately. We are able to provide local anesthesia to make you more comfortable.

Treatment and recovery varies from person to person. It is best to speak with one of our Personal Care Coordinators who can advise you on your unique case.