Brisson, Leis & Associates.

Diabetic Eye Exams in Guelph


Safeguard Your Vision & Eye Health With Regular Eye Exams

Over 11 million Canadians deal with diabetes every single day. Although it can affect many different aspects of your life, including your diet and your eye health, diabetes can be managed effectively with the help of your team of healthcare professionals.

Our highly trained and experienced optometrists will work hard to help protect your vision from eye diseases related to diabetes. Diabetes Canada recommends regular eye exams, but your diabetes type and severity determine how frequently you should have eye exams.

Find out how you can protect your eyes from diabetic eye disease by booking your appointment today!

Diabetes & Eye Disease

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in people of working age. In Canada, the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy is approximately 25% in Canada. This disease develops as glucose damages the blood vessels of the retina.

When these vessels are damaged, the retina may attempt to compensate by growing new blood vessels. However, these blood vessels are often very fragile and frequently leak blood into the retina, causing permanent damage to your vision.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) results from fluid build-up caused by diabetic retinopathy. As the blood and fluid leak from the new irregular vessels, they may accumulate in your macula causing it to swell, slowly damaging your central vision.

Cataracts are a widespread eye condition that develop as you age. As you grow older, the lenses in your eyes become less flexible, denser, and less transparent. Over time, these changes can affect the quality of your vision. Your chances of developing cataracts increase when you have diabetes.

While vision loss caused by cataracts can be corrected using glasses or contact lenses, the only way to treat cataracts is through cataract surgery.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. When you have diabetes, your chances of developing it almost doubles. With open-angle glaucoma, the drainage angle between your iris and cornea remains open, but fluid (aqueous humour) isn’t draining at an adequate pace to maintain healthy intraocular pressure (IOP) levels.

As the IOP rises, it could damage your optic nerve, leading to permanent vision loss. There is no cure for glaucoma, but management with eye drops or surgery can help slow its rate of progression, possibly preserving your vision.

The Latest Technology

For our patients with diabetes, we use the latest in eye care technology to help diagnose a range of diseases, including diabetic eye diseases. Alongside our routine tools and techniques, we go the extra mile for your eye health by using:

Our doctors use fundus photography to help capture images of the interior of the eye, providing a detailed look at the retina, macula, optic disc, and vascular system. This camera can help us spot early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Like fundus photography, optical coherence tomography is an imaging program that takes pictures of the retina, showing signs of diseases like diabetic retinopathy and DME. OCT’s can be compared to an ultrasound, but instead of using sound, they use light rays to generate cross-sectional images of the eyes’ interior.

Manage Your Eye Health Today

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or you’ve been living with this disease for several years, regular eye exams are vital.

Please don’t wait. Book your next exam today.

Visit Us Today

Our office is conveniently located on College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter our parking lot, turn on to Borden St. and drive behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

Our Address

21 College Ave West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1R7

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 822-2710
Fax: (519) 822-7877
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8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
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