Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Diabetes is a complicated disease and affects all sorts of functions within the body.  From foot problems to damaged blood vessels to cataracts and glaucoma in the eyes. The eyes are a powerful and obviously an incredibly important organ in your body, so it is important to have regular eye exams when you have diabetes. Read on to learn more about what problems can occur in the eyes that are caused by diabetes. At Vision Care Centre in Langley, we want to give you the best eye care possible, and that includes detecting eye problems related to diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy This eye condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, which is a light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. This is the most common eye disease that impairs vision and can cause cancer in people who have diabetes. The biggest symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar and this is known to damage tiny blood vessels located in the retina, which leads to diabetic retinopathy. Sending signals through the optic nerve to the brain, the retina detects light and converts it to these signals. With diabetic retinopathy, these blood vessels can leak fluid or hemorrhage, which causes distorted vision. This disease progresses by the blood vessels becoming more and more damaged. First losing the ability to transport blood, then new blood vessels grow, but are weak, thin, and have a high chance of leaking. Scar tissue eventually forms causing the retina to become detached which can cause permanent vision loss. People with diabetes type one and two are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, but the longer one...
Great Questions to Ask When at Our Langley Eye Clinic

Great Questions to Ask When at Our Langley Eye Clinic

Coming into our Langley eye clinic for an appointment soon? We can’t wait to see you! Everyone on our team is passionate about providing the best care for our patients and making them feel comfortable as we help them achieve better eye health. One of the ways you can do this is by preparing questions for our optometrist before your visit! We’re always happy to answer any questions that you might have and give you the information that you need in order to make smart decisions for your eyes Read Full Report. Here are some great questions you should consider asking on your next visit! Questions for Our Optometrist How does my current prescription compare to last year? It’s good to have an idea about how your vision is progressing. This is something that your eye doctor will closely monitor, but it’s something you should be aware of, too. Sharp declines in vision are a concern, and you should be aware of the changes happening with your eyes. What are the treatment options for my eye condition? If you are diagnosed with an issue, take an active role in your treatment. Whether it’s Dry Eye Syndrome or Glaucoma, you need to understand what’s happening and what can be done about it. We’re happy to go over all of your treatment options with you and help you choose the right one. What can I be doing to take care of my eyes? We love when patients want to take an active role in their eye health! Our eye doctor has plenty of tips to help you take better care of...

Glaucoma: Avoid Irreversible Vision Loss

The other day, I was having lunch with a friend who had just gotten her yearly eye exam at her local optometrist. Besides her expected nearsightedness and some trouble with dry eyes, her eye doctor did not have much to tell her, but that didn’t stop her from worrying over her husband. He refuses to have an eye exam, and he’s in his mid-forties. My friend asked me if she was worrying for no reason; after all, her husband’s vision has seemed to be fine for years. My response to my friend was the inspiration for this blog: hadn’t he ever heard of glaucoma, the leading worldwide cause of irreversible vision loss? Keep reading to learn about this “silent thief of eyesight” and how regular eye exams can prevent it from stealing your vision. What is glaucoma? As briefly discussed in a previous blog post, glaucoma describes a group of conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, which is a paired nerve connected to both eyeballs and responsible for relaying images from the retina to the brain. Without a properly-functioning optic nerve, these images cannot reach the brain, but how does damage to the optic nerve occur? The optic nerve is made up of millions of delicate nerve fibers; when these fibers are damaged, it will have a negative effect on your vision. Some experience a loss of peripheral vision followed by a progressive darkness while others develop blind spots from the damaged nerve fibers. How these fibers get damaged is not fully understood at this point, but we do know that both high eye pressure and low...

Why Are Regular Eye Exams Important?

We all have long lists of things we need to do in order to stay healthy. We visit the dentist twice a year, take multivitamins every morning, commit to exercise routines and nutritious diets, and much more. With so much to constantly think about, it can be too easy to let certain things slip through the cracks, especially seeing your optometrist on a regular basis. Typically, it is recommended that you get an eye exam at least once a year, especially if you’re over the age of forty or are a contact lens wearer. Keep reading to discover the importance of having regular eye exams. The Importance of Regular Eye Exams Accurate Prescription When you consider the purpose of an eye exam, your first thought is likely to get an accurate prescription to improve your poor vision, and this is definitely an important aspect of an appointment with your optometrist. Only a professional optometrist is going to be able to provide you with an accurate prescription, whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or an astigmatism. Check for Common Eye Conditions Besides the obvious purpose of providing patients with accurate prescriptions, optometrists also check your eyes for other common eye conditions. During your eye exam, your optometrist will be keeping an eye out for the signs of the following conditions.   Cataracts The lenses in your eyes are made up of water and proteins, which allows light to pass through and create a clear image. These proteins can begin to clump together over time (this is a common effect of aging), causing part of the lens to cloud over. These...

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

At Vision Care Centre of Langley, we know that having an eye exam can be a cause of stress for many people. That’s why we’d like to provide you with a short overview of what you can expect during your visit to the eye clinic. We’ve previously discussed the steps you can take before your eye exam that will help to lower your stress as you make a visit to the eye clinic. Today, we would like to focus on what actually happens during an eye exam. Oftentimes a glaucoma test is necessary. Instead of the air puff test (which everyone dreads), we use applanation tonometry, which is the gold standard to measure your intraocular pressure. Occasionally, the optometrist will check your peripheral vision. The doctor will also generally perform a test in which one eye at a time is covered, allowing him or her to observe how your eyes move together. Many people often think of the test in which your eye doctor will flip through various lenses in order to determine which, if any, prescription is required for you. Dilation of your eyes may also be needed. An eye drop is put in your eyes in order to dilate your pupils and perform this test. Sometimes other procedures will be necessary and your doctor will discuss these tests with you if you require them. If you have questions on these or any other procedures you might encounter during an eye exam, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to go over the basics of an eye...