Sherwood Park Diabetic Fair: Eye Screenings

Sherwood Park Diabetic Fair

The Sherwood Park Diabetic Fair takes place on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Festival Place.

On Tuesday, May 1 between 9am-12pm, eye-bar optometrist, Dr. Ruby Mangat, will be on-site offering free eye screening with use of a retinal camera. This is a great way to learn more about how diabetes impacts your vision.

After your visit with Dr. Mangat, you can interact with other healthcare professionals to learn more about living with diabetes.

The Importance of Diabetic Eye Exams                          

Diabetes is on the rise in Canada and contributes to a large number of cases of vision loss and blindness each year.  Patients with Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes are equally at risk for developing diabetic eye disease problems such as: cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, blurry vision and retinopathy.

All patients with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, with the relative risk increasing over the life of the condition. Nearly half of all adults diagnosed with diabetes will show some stage of the disease within their lifetime. Elevated blood sugar levels or poor blood sugar control further increase this risk.

Approximately 10% of patients who develop diabetic retinopathy, will go on to develop proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a more serious form of the disease requiring aggressive treatment and management.

Proper diet, exercise and medications can help to control diabetic eye disease and reduce the risk of complications.

Diabetic retinopathy may develop slowly over time and most patients have no symptoms. Some patients may present with blurry vision, a sudden loss of vision, or spots in their vision.

Devastating vision loss can be prevented when appropriate, immediate action is taken.  Patients however must be encouraged to take an active role in managing their health, and should be reminded about the importance of annual dilated retinal health examinations by an eye doctor.

Alberta Health Care now covers the cost of diabetic eye examinations performed by an optometrist, allowing for fast convenient access to vision care.

If signs of diabetic eye disease are noticed by your optometrist , they will coordinate a timely referral to an appropriate  eye specialist or surgeon for treatment.