Rhea Anderson

Dr. Rhea Anderson; OD

The link between diabetes and blindness.

Diabetes affects more than 2 million Canadians and is one of the leading causes of blindness among Canadians. Eye health examinations for diabetic patients are recommended at least once per year by the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Diabetic patients are at increased risk for a number of eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, eye muscle problems and diabetic retinopathy. When diagnosed early, many of these conditions can be successfully managed. Proper blood glucose control will help decrease the risk of ocular complications caused by diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is a collection of changes that occur in the retina at the back of the eye. One change that may occur is macular edema, wherein the central portion of the retina responsible for our detailed central vision and colour vision becomes swollen. Another change is the growth of new weak blood vessels that can leak blood and cause a loss of vision. Some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include: blurred vision, sudden loss of vision, spots in vision or flashes of light in the field of vision. It is important to be aware that not all patients with diabetes will have symptoms; in fact patients with mild to moderate diabetic retinopathy are most often completely asymptomatic.

Patients with diabetes are advised to see their eye health provider at least annually, or more often if recommended by your practitioner. No referral is required to see an optometrist.

The optometrists at Advance Eye Care Center are accepting new patients; please call 306-586-7036 to arrange an appointment or visit our website at www.advanceeyecarecenter.com