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Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can increase your risk of many health conditions, including those related to the eye. At Clearview Optometry in Milton Ontario, Dr. Neil Bajaj, OD, provides diabetic eye exams to monitor eye health for those with diabetes as well as comprehensive care to minimize damage and vision changes. To schedule your diabetic eye exam, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A

How does diabetes affect eye health?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that causes higher-than-normal blood sugars. The sugar in your blood comes from the food you eat and is meant to serve as a source of energy for the cells in your body.

If the sugar can’t get into the cell, it remains in your blood and damages your blood vessels and organs. Your retina contains tiny blood vessels that are highly susceptible to blood sugar damage, which may cause blood to leak into your eye. The increase in blood and fluids may affect eye pressure and increase your risk for glaucoma.

What is a diabetic eye exam?

The exam, is a comprehensive eye exam for people with diabetes. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate the health of your eyes and your risk for diabetes-related eye conditions.

Dr. Bajaj recommends this type of exam for those with diabetes at least once a year. You may need more frequent exams if you have diabetic eye changes or have been diagnosed with other eye conditions.

What can I expect during the exam?

You can expect a comprehensive examination from Dr. Bajaj when you come to the office for a diabetic eye exam. During the exam, Dr. Bajaj reviews your medical history and any diabetes-related symptoms you may be experiencing. Dr. Bajaj will then assess your vision and examine your eyes. To evaluate your retina and risk of diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Bajaj performs a dilated eye exam. This dilated exam will also allow Dr. Bajaj to assess the health of your crystalline lens as well as optic nerve.  He may also perform various tests to assess eye pressure and risk for glaucoma.

To schedule your diabetic eye exam, call Clearview Optometry or request an appointment online today.

What are the symptoms of an eye infection?

Most eye infections cause similar symptoms, which can make getting the proper diagnosis difficult. Common symptoms that indicate an eye infection include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Painful eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Blurry vision
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Perspective Family Eyecare for an evaluation and treatment plan.

What can I expect during an eye exam?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come to Perspective Family Eyecare with concerns about an eye infection. During your evaluation, Neil Bajaj reviews your symptoms and medical history and evaluates your eye. He may collect a sample of your eye secretions to determine the type of infection you have.

What are the treatments for an eye infection?

Neil Bajaj develops an individualized treatment plan for your eye infection based on microorganism responsible for the infection, as well as the severity of your symptoms.

For a bacterial infection, Neil Bajaj prescribes antibiotic eye drops. Most viral eye infections clear up on their own in time. However, if you have a severe viral infection, Neil Bajaj may prescribe antiviral eye drops, as well as steroid eye drops to reduce inflammation. Oral antibiotics or antivirals may also be given.

After a week or so of treatment, Neil Bajaj has you return to the office so he can re-evaluate your eyes and make sure your treatment plan is working.

Eye infections should be evaluated by an eye doctor. For comprehensive care from an optometrist who puts your eye health needs first, contact Perspective Family Eyecare by phone or online today.