Diabetic Eye Exams in the Annapolis Valley

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Protect Yourself From the Risk of Eye Disease

Diabetes causes your blood glucose levels to spike, which can cause a multitude of complications to your body. Additionally, without proper management and regular examinations, it can negatively affect the health of your eyes.

High blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the back of the eye, causing them to swell and leak. The leaks create blurred vision or blind spots, a common symptom of diabetic retinopathy. If these symptoms are left untreated, new abnormal blood vessels may grow that can further damage your vision.

Prevention and Management

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the risk of blindness for someone with diabetes is 25 times higher than someone without. Annual comprehensive eye exams can assist with early detection, which can significantly reduce the risk of vision impairment.

A diabetic eye exam will thoroughly assess your eyes, looking for any damage to the blood vessels in your retina. The tests are performed using various instruments and are generally quick and relatively painless.

We use fundus photography to record images of the interior surface of your eye. This allows us to have an intricate view of your eye’s blood vessels so we can monitor them and any changes that occur.

The fundus camera is a low power microscope with an attached camera that is designed to capture an image of your retina, optic disc, and macula. We will dilate your pupils to have a better view of the back of your eye, so you may need a ride home after the appointment.

We use a pachymeter to measure the thickness of the cornea by gently touching the device to your eye. This device is commonly used in testing for glaucoma, but can be helpful to monitor any irregularities or changes in your eye.

Optical coherence tomography produces high-resolution images of the retina through non-invasive technology. It allows us to see different layers of the retina and to ascertain their size, allowing us to monitor any irregularities or changes.

This test is painless and not uncomfortable, using imaging similar to an ultrasound.

We use a device called a tonometer to measure the pressure within your eye, referred to as your intraocular pressure

Although this test is also commonly used to screen for glaucoma, it can also give us insight into your overall ocular health.

If you have diabetes, we highly recommend visiting us for a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Servicing the Annapolis Valley For Over 65 Years

You can find us on the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Drive.

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Address

545 Victoria Drive
Kingston, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0

Contact Information

Phone: 902-765-3420
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Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
CLOSED
Sunday
CLOSED

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We are a locally-owned, independent practice that truly cares about finding you a product that helps you see and feel better. We source from an extensive list of suppliers to ensure you have a variety of quality products to choose from.

We offer designer and functional eyewear for every budget, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, common and specialty contact lenses, dry eye therapy products, and protective safety eyewear. We also have an on-site lab, allowing us to shorten the turnaround time for most eyeglasses.

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