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Grande Prairie, AB
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Diabetic Eye Disease

The term diabetic eye disease is used to describe a group of eye diseases that are either exclusive to people living with diabetes, or are of significantly greater risk for those with diabetes. The most well-known of these diseases is diabetic retinopathy.

A Note Regarding Eye Exams

Annual eye exams for people living with diabetes are an important preventative tool in ensuring longevity of excellent vision. Many eye diseases, including serious vision-threatening diseases associated with diabetic eye disease (such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy) often develop without any obvious symptoms. Aside from early detection (via a comprehensive eye exam) and treatment, there is no other way to prevent vision loss.
If you have diabetes, we strongly recommend that you have your eyes examined annually (unless otherwise recommended by our Optometrist).

Diseases Inclusive of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Caused by prolonged periods of high blood sugar, diabetic retinopathy damages cells on the retina and can cause vision loss (including total blindness). There are four stages of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Mild nonproliferative retinopathy – Microaneurysms occur in blood vessels on the retina, leaking fluids into the retina.
  • Moderate nonproliferative retinopathy – Retinal blood vessels begin to swell, impairing their ability to transport blood. This stage of retinopathy is marked by obvious changes to the retina’s appearance (visible via digital retinal imaging)
  • Severe nonproliferative retinopathy – The blood supply to the retina is impaired or blocked, causing the retina to secrete growth factors that prompt new blood vessels to form
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) – New blood vessels are forming on the retina, but they are weak and often die (leaving behind scar tissue). The scar tissue can contract, pulling on the retina and potentially causing a retinal detachment (resulting in total blindness of that eye).

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

DME is when the macula swells (the area of the eye responsible for your central vision). About half of all people with diabetic retinopathy will also develop diabetic macular edema.

Glaucoma

Find more information on glaucoma here. Adults with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma compared to those without diabetes.

Cataracts

Find more information on cataracts here. People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cataracts than those without.

Prevention & Detection

The biggest method of prevention/treatment is having regular dilated eye exams (ideally, annually). The eye exam captures information that informs the state of your eyes as well as the progression of any eye diseases. It is the single most important tool in our arsenal in the fight against diabetic eye disease.
Controlling your blood sugar, through lifestyle mechanisms and otherwise, is an important part of managing diabetic eye disease. Always be mindful of your blood sugar, and take steps to ensure that you have it under control as much as possible.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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