Diabetic Eye Exams

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Safeguard Your Vision & Eye Health

Safeguard Your Vision & Eye Health

Diabetic eyes require special care and attention, which is why we offer eye exams specifically tailored to the unique needs of patients with diabetes. Because of the numerous eye health risks associated with this disease, patients with diabetes or prediabetes should have their eyes examined at least once per year.

Some may think that because they are managing their blood sugar well, it is not necessary to undergo routine diabetic eye exams. This is not the case. While properly managing your blood sugar can reduce your risk of diabetic eye disease, this risk can never be entirely eliminated.

Diabetes & Your Eye Health

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in Canada. But that is only one of the eye issues that those with diabetes are at risk of developing.

Other eye issues whose risk factors are increased by diabetes include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic macular edema

Patients with diabetes are also more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age than patients without diabetes.

Most eye diseases do not display symptoms in their early stages, which means that many patients don’t realize something is wrong until they have already experienced vision loss.

For more detailed information on diabetic eye disease and other common conditions, visit our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.

Our Technology

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a type of image testing used to photograph the retina. Our retinas have ten different layers, and the thickness of each can be accurately measured using this technology.

OCT helps us determine whether your eye is healthy and gives us the information we need to treat any problems thoroughly and effectively. OCT is used to guide treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic eye disease.

Optomap is another piece of technology we can use to analyze your retinas. This revolutionary tool gives us an ultra-wide view of your retina and does not require dilation drops.

The images taken are stored for future reference so that we can keep track of changes in your eye structure, no matter how small. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases that may not present with symptoms until their later stages.

Lipiflow can be used to relieve dry eyes that are caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. This technology uses gentle heating and massaging on both the inner and outer eyelids to effectively remove the blockages that cause dry eye.

This gentle treatment lasts approximately twelve minutes per session, and full results are expected six to eight weeks after treatment.

To learn more about dry eye disease and the other treatments available, visit our Dry Eye Therapy page.

Why Put Your Vision at Risk?

Unless otherwise recommended, individuals with diabetes should visit their optometrist at least once a year. This gives your optometrist a chance to examine your eyes thoroughly and monitor any changes in your vision or eye health that could indicate a problem is forming.

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Our Services

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Duncan and Area

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Chemainus and Area

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

Cobble Hill and Area

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Lake Cowichan and Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

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