Diabetic Eye Exams

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Protect 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 blindness in Canada. But that is only one of the eye issues patients with diabetes are at risk of developing.

Diabetes can increase the risk of developing other eye issues, such as:

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 and management page.

Our Technology 

At Cowichan Eyecare, we’ve built our foundation on providing quality patient care. Your appointment with our careful, thorough, and compassionate team will include an in-depth review of your medical history and optical needs. 

We also use diagnostic technology paired with tried-and-true methods to thoroughly assess your vision and eye health, and address any issues we discover.

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is used to photograph the thickness of the 10 layers in the retina.

An OCT scan helps us determine whether your eyes are healthy and gives us the information we need to treat problems thoroughly and effectively. OCT is used to guide treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.

The optomap 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.

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 developing problem.

Visit Our Locations


& Area

Find us at the corner of Langford Parkway and Jacklin Road. We’re across the parking lot from the White Spot.

  • 2968 Jacklin Rd
  • Langford, BC V9B 0A3


& Area

We’re located next to Thrifty Foods just off Beverly Street. If you have any trouble finding us, please give us a call.

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


& Area

We look forward to helping you achieve your vision goals at our Chemainus location. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

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

Cobble Hill

& Area

Our Cobble Hill location is just off Cowichan Bay Road on the upper level of Valleyview Centre. If you have any trouble finding us, please give us a call.

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

Lake Cowichan

& Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us across from Central Park.

  • 44 Stanley Road
  • Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

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