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.

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I have diabetes, how often should I have my eyes examined?

Patients with diabetes understand the importance of seeing their primary care physician and undergoing routine blood testing on a regular basis. But many patients with diabetes don’t know that diabetes is still one of the leading causes of vision loss amongst North Americans. As such, routine eye health examinations with an optometrist are crucial for the early detection and intervention of any eye problems that may arise.  

Regardless of whether patients have Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes, the visual or ocular complications are often the same.   Patients with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing early cataract changes, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and diabetic retinopathy (bleeding within the eye).

Did you know?

Alberta Health Care now covers patients with diabetes for a detailed ocular health examination by their optometrist every year. This ocular health examination includes a review of any vision concerns, eye pressure testing (glaucoma screening) and a detailed dilated retinal health examination. These visits however, do not include a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, so a routine eye exam is still recommended every 1-2 years.  

To book your next annual diabetic eye health examination with an optometrist at eye-bar, please call us @ 780.467.3341.

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