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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Alberta Blue Cross Insurance at eye-bar

Did you know that eye-bar can direct bill your Alberta Blue Cross insurance for routine comprehensive eye exams? Simply show us your Alberta Blue Cross card at the time of your visit and the eye-bar staff will take care of the rest.

Not all Alberta Blue Cross plans however are the same and the amount paid varies depending on the level of coverage you have or the duration you’ve had your coverage for. Typically, Alberta Blue Cross vision care plans cover a portion if not all of the exam fee. Patients are simply responsible for any remaining balances at the time of the eye exam. 

eye-bar can also direct bill Alberta Blue Cross for your contact lenses and prescription eyewear.

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