Diabetic Eye Exams in New Brunswick

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Managing Diabetes Could Save Your Eyesight

By 2017, over 2.3 million Canadians aged 12 or over were diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to either use or produce insulin.

Insulin is necessary to break down glucose from food to create energy for the body. When the body is unable to break glucose down, it remains in the blood, leading to several serious complications.

Our eyes rely on their delicate blood vessels. These blood vessels can become blocked and damaged by high blood sugar caused by diabetes, which can lead to diabetic eye diseases like retinopathy or macular edema. Because of this, diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada.

Annual eye exams are essential for monitoring eye health in patients with diabetes, which can mean the difference between healthy eyes or permanent vision loss. Eye exams are also a useful tool for detecting undiagnosed Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Eye Diseases

Diabetes can cause prescription changes and increase the risk of cataracts or glaucoma. It can also lead to a serious eye disease called diabetic retinopathy.

There are different types of diabetic retinopathy and can affect individuals in different ways.

1 type of diabetic retinopathy leads to the weakening of the blood vessels that supply the retina, causing weaker abnormal blood vessels to grow. These vessels break easily, leaking blood or fluid into the eye, preventing the retina from projecting images. The other type, called macular edema, leads to swelling of the macula and can cause blindness.

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye responsible for receiving and transmitting visual signals to your brain.

If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.

Vision loss related to diabetic retinopathy is not reversible, but early detection can prevent vision loss from occurring in the first place. Additionally, the sooner diabetic retinopathy is treated, the higher the chance treatment will be successful.

Diabetic retinopathy is monitored through routine eye exams in its early stages. If it advances, it can be managed by anti-VEGF therapy, laser therapy, or vitrectomy.

If you have diabetes, you must carefully monitor and maintain your disease. Please see your physician for regular appointments, recommendations for controlling diabetes, and be sure to follow all instructions on diet and nutrition. This is your best step for preventing diabetic retinopathy and other ocular health complications due to diabetes.

Our Locations

St. George

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Saint John

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

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