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.
Lighten the Load
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).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!