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Diabetes and Your Eyes

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Did you know that anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy; this occurs when there is a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the retina of your eye, resulting in blood leakage, the growth of new blood vessels, and other changes. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, retinopathy affects 23 per cent of type 1 diabetics on insulin therapy and 14 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes.

Macular Degeneration

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What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

The macula is the central most part of the retina, the inner layer at the back of the eye responsible for detailed central vision. It is used for reading, driving and recognizing people’s faces. Macular degeneration is a condition that causes the center of your vision to blur while the side or peripheral vision remains unaffected. It is generally related to the aging process, and is also commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55.

Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Glaucoma, The Silent Thief of Sight

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which lead to progressive degeneration of the optic nerve. This in turn can lead to loss of nerve tissue that results in gradual irreversible vision loss and potential blindness if not detected and treated early.

The most common form of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma. This form is associated with elevated pressure caused by a backup of fluid in the eye.