Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetes Can Have a Significant Impact On Your Eye Health

If you have diabetes, it is strongly recommended that you receive an annual eye exam from an Optometrist.

Even if your doctor has been checking your eyes, only an Optometrist has the necessary equipment and training to look for signs of eye diseases that may be related to your diabetes.

Diabetic Retinopathy (also called “diabetic eye disease”) is a serious condition that that can eventually lead to blindness. Unfortunately, up to 80% of patients with diabetes may develop diabetic retinopathy.

OHIP provides coverage for medically-necessary eye exams. This includes annual eye exams for patients living with diabetes.

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

  • Diabetic eye disease is the term used to describe a group of eye conditions that impact diabetics.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy affects the blood vessels in the retina. For people with diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common form of vision loss.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is a swelling of the macula. About half of the people that develop diabetic retinopathy will also develop DME.
  • Diabetes also influences the development of other eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease

Like many other eye diseases, the initial development of diabetic eye disease often shows no obvious symptoms. Because of this, it is absolutely vital that diabetic eye disease is caught and treated early.

Some symptoms – such as the appearance of floaters (as a result of retinal bleeding) or blurred vision – present themselves as the disease progresses.

Testing for and Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Disease

We perform a dilated eye exam, where eye drops are used to widen the pupil, to check for damage or signs of disease in key optical tissues (the retina, macula, and optic nerve).

During this exam we will:

  • Perform visual acuity testing in order to determine your ability to see across different distances
  • Check your eye pressure
  • Check optic nerve health and retinal health
  • Document the health of your eyes with OPTOS imaging

Annual Eye Exams Are Key to Long-Lasting Eye Health

At the very least, you should have an eye exam performed annually. We may specify a more frequent schedule depending on the results of your testing.

Your eye health is of paramount importance to us. We are very much focused on preventative treatment, as once vision loss occurs it can be irreversible.

Our Location

Our Location

Near Summerhill Subway Station

92 Shaftesbury Ave

Toronto ON,

M4T 1A5

Tel : (416) 967-1494

E-mail : info@summerhilloptometry.com

Optometrists Dr. Naeem Abdulla



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Caring for Our Community

Dr. Abdulla is a strong believer in supporting the communities we live in. He takes a special interest in supporting the arts and fostering resilience and strength in young people. As such, Summerhill Optometry supports our community in a variety of ways, ranging from charitable giving to participating in local events and causes. This year, we are once again participating in the Eye See...Eye Learn program, which provides complimentary eye exams and eye glasses for children kids entering junior kindergarten.
In recent years we have donated to several deserving charitable causes. Learn more about our clinic, community involvement, and Optometrist.
Our clinic is located on Shaftesbury Ave, steps away from the Summerhill subway station. Inexpensive parking is just a few minutes away; parking on the street is free after 11 AM.