Toronto Centre Optometry
#103, 180 Dundas St W Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 (416) 597-3937
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Toronto, ON / (416) 597-3937

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Diabetic Eye Exam

Toronto Centre Optometry Offers Extra Thorough Care for Diabetic Eyes

We often do not consider our eye health on a day to day basis. As long as our vision seems healthy and we are not experiencing any pain, we assume that they are perfectly fine. But this is not necessarily true, particularly for patients with diabetes.

Diabetes puts patients at risk for a variety of eye problems, most of which do not show symptoms until irreversible damage has already been done. The best way to catch and treat these eye problems is through regular diabetic eye exams. The sooner we identify a problem, the sooner we can offer a solution.

Patients with diabetes should have a specialized eye exam at least once a year.

Our Diabetic Eye Exams Are Particularly Thorough

Because diabetes can endanger your eye health, we want to ensure we don’t miss a single hint or sign of illness. That is why we conduct our diabetic eye exams the way we do.

A diabetic eye exam is similar to a standard eye exam; we test your eyes’ focus abilities, teaming, range of vision, and acuity. The difference is the depth in which we examine the structure of the eye.

Ensuring Eye Health Through Fundus Photography

We use our special camera called a fundus camera to photograph the inside of your eye. This allows us to see any damage or indication of disease clearly. We may also use eye drops to dilate your pupils, thus giving us a bigger window through which to see.

Diabetic Eye Disease

The term diabetic eye disease does not actually refer to a single disease, but rather a range of diseases that can occur due to diabetes. Some of these diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma) do not occur exclusively in patients with diabetes. Others (such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema) only occur in patients with diabetes.

If blood glucose levels are not properly managed, high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in the retina. The blood vessels become swollen and can start to leak. Eventually, the damaged blood vessels close off and prevent blood from reaching the retina.

Your body attempts to combat this by growing new blood vessels; however, the new blood vessels are fragile. If the new blood vessels leak, it can result in scarring which causes vision loss.

Diabetic Macular Edema or DME occurs when diabetic retinopathy is not treated. The weak and irregular blood vessels in the retina can begin to bleed into the retina, causing it to swell. As the retina swells, it slowly obscures the macula (the part of the retina responsible for detailed vision). Eventually, the macula becomes damaged, resulting in vision loss or even blindness.

We would like to make your visit with us as simple and convenient as possible. This is why we offer direct billing with the following providers:

  • Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • reenshield
  • Great-West Life
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc
  • Manulife Financial
  • Maximum Benefit or Johnston Group
  • Standard Life
  • Sun Life Financial

Note: Our direct billing process is based on the specific policy, and thus cannot guarantee a patient’s insurance will go through. Please speak to your insurance provider regarding the specifics of your policy.

Visit Our Downtown Toronto Office

We are located on Dundas Street West, in the Java Joe's Building.

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Address

#103, 180 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Contact Information

Phone +1 (416) 597-3937 (EYES)
Email tcoptometry@gmail.com
Fax +1 (416) 597-3967

Hours:

Monday
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10.00 am - 6.00 pm
10.00 am - 6.00 pm
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10.00 am - 6.00 pm
10.00 am - 2.00 pm
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