Diabetic Eye Exams in Whitehorse

Book Appointment

Advanced Eye Care for Diabetic Eyes

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of eye disease, particularly if their blood sugar remains high over time. Regular eye exams that include detailed diagnostic imaging can help protect you against vision loss due to diabetic eye disease. They can detect damage early, before you even notice symptoms.

If you have diabetes, we’ll want to see you for an eye exam at least once a year, though we might recommend a more frequent schedule based on your particular needs.

About Your Diabetic Eye Exam

Eye damage caused by diabetic eye disease can start without any visual symptoms or pain, so please don’t wait until something feels off before booking your diabetic eye exam.

Your diabetic eye exam will typically include:

  • Discussing your overall health
  • Testing your visual acuity
  • Measuring your refractive error, if any, with our digital Reichart Phoroptor
  • Dilating your eyes and taking high-resolution digital diagnostic images of the inner structures of your eyes

Detecting & Managing Diabetic Eye Diseases

Diagnostic imaging lets us detect eye diseases early, giving us the best shot at managing the progression of the disease and protecting you from vision loss.

We use our Optos Monaco retinal camera to take a wide-angle photograph of the inside structure of your eye and optical coherence tomography for a cross-section view of your retina. These images of the retina, including the blood vessels, macula, and optic nerve, are essential for detecting and tracking the progression of diabetic eye disease.

About Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can happen when high blood sugar damages the sensitive blood vessels in the eye, causing them to leak fluid or bleed. This damage to the retina may not cause vision symptoms at first, but eventually symptoms can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of central vision
  • Flashes of light in vision
  • Seeing dark spots
  • Change in colour vision

During the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, we’ll monitor its progression and recommend working with your doctor to manage your blood sugar.

If your diabetic retinopathy advances, you may need treatments such as injections of anti-VEGF medicine into the eye, laser therapy, or eye surgery.

Diabetic macular edema can be a result of long-term diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when excess fluid builds up in the macula, which can happen if there is ongoing damage to the retina’s blood vessels due to high blood sugar.

While diabetic macular edema is the leading cause of blindness among people with diabetes, treatment is available. First, it’s important to ensure your blood sugar and any high blood pressure are being managed. Then, treatment may include anti-VEGF medication injections, laser surgery, or steroids that target inflammation.

Visit Us

Our Address

  • 2093 2nd Avenue
  • Whitehorse, YT
    Y1A 1B5

Our Contacts

Find us in downtown Whitehorse across from the Yukon Visitor Information Centre, just steps from Main Street and the Yukon River.

For your convenience, we are wheelchair accessible.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours of operation may vary on holidays.

Our Testimonials

instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax