Diabetic Eye Exams in Kamloops, BC

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Diagnostic Testing Tailored to Diabetics

If you are diabetic, it is critical that you take active control over your eye care – diabetes can cause a vision-threatening illness called diabetic retinopathy (which only affects those living with diabetes).

We offer an eye exam which is designed to:

  • Examine the retina for any signs of diabetic retinopathy.
  • Assess visual acuity (i.e. how well you see).
  • Quantify the stage and severity of diabetic retinopathy, if applicable.
  • Recommend any treatment or lifestyle advice necessary to manage the condition.

Been more than 1 year since your last screening? Arrange an eye health exam with our practice asap – you may not notice any symptoms of diabetic eye disease before your vision is quite compromised.

Why it’s Important to Undergo Diabetic-Specific Screening

Diabetic retinopathy can virtually destroy your vision if left untreated. Screening allows us to diagnose early, which means we can initiate effective treatment and management plans before your vision becomes irrevocably hampered.

Where conditions like dry eye or cataracts have direct, noticeable symptoms, diabetic retinopathy can reach quite an advanced stage before most patients will recognise the problem themselves. Our comprehensive examination can detect diabetic retinopathy long before symptoms develop.

Since around 40% of people with diabetes are likely to experience a degree of retinopathy, an eye health exam which reveals no ocular health issues can take a load off your mind, helping you manage the disease with one less thing to worry about.

What to Expect

There are certain areas to which we pay particular attention during a diabetic eye exam, and these require specific tests.

  • Ocular coherence tomography – Surface damage to the retina or optic nerve is often associated with diabetic retinopathy, so we use cutting-edge imaging to take high-resolution pictures of the inside of the eye. If there is swelling or bleeding, this will pick it up.
  • Fundus autofluorescence – Using Optomap imaging, as well as the natural fluorescence of your retina, we test the overall health of your retina and look for signs of early Diabetic Retinopathy.
  • Visual acuity test – Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness among adults in the western world. We test your eyesight thoroughly to identify any gaps, blurriness or dark spots which you may not notice yourself

A Positive Diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, then we will help you take your next steps. If it is early, then lifestyle adjustments like dietary changes may help slow its progression. If the condition is already quite advanced, we may have to refer you for more treatments like laser surgery.

Whatever the outcome, your doctor at Nicola Eye Care will be there to help and guide you, whether it’s disease management or learning to live with impaired vision

Visit Us Today

You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).

Our Address

101 – 286 St Paul St.
Kamloops, BC V2C 6G4

Contact Information

Phone: 250.374.2441
Fax: 250.374.5011
[email protected]


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