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Inside the Baker Street Professional Centre (formerly the Cranbrook Mall)

Inside the Baker Street Professional Centre (formerly the Cranbrook Mall)

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Diabetes and Eyesight

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way we process food for energy and growth. With all forms of diabetes—type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes—the body has trouble converting sugar in the blood into energy, resulting in a host of potential health problems.

Diabetes increases the likelihood that common diabetes-related vision problems or diseases might occur:

  • Diabetics are prone to developing cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s lens) at an earlier age.
  • People with diabetes are almost 50% more likely to develop glaucoma, an eye disorder that damages the optic nerve often marked by an increase of internal eye pressure.
  • Macular edema (and macular degeneration) are more common in diabetics due to malfunctioning blood vessels in the middle region of the retina responsible for central, sharp vision.
  • Most notably, diabetes can result in diabetic retinopathy; an eye disease that affects the blood vessels in the all-important retina. Nearly 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy.

That’s why there’s no separating diabetes and vision. If you have diabetes, then you should understand vision problems that increase in likelihood as a result of the disease.

Diabetes Statistics

Over 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, with an estimated additional 6 million people unaware they have a form of the disease. What’s more, an estimated 54 million Americans ages 40 to 74 have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. According to a recent American Optometric Association survey, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74.

 

We also help with less serious eye conditions, such as pink/red eyes.

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Covid19 Notice for Kootenay Family Vision Care

The health and safety of our patients, customers, staff, and families is our top priority. We continue to monitor the evolution of Covid19 and we are following the guidelines set out by the BC Minister of Health, and College of Optometry of BC. We are taking all precautionary measures to help protect our community.

Although our office is closed to the public, Drs. Don and Whitney Henker are available for emergency or urgent eye care in person, and via telemedicine, communication methods to decrease unnecessary patient travel. Office Closure: The office is closed to the public until further notice. We will be monitoring phone messages and emails for urgent eye care, as well as questions and concerns daily.

Please call 778-517-2020 or email info@kootenayfamilyvisioncare.com

Please leave a detailed message and allow 24 hours for us to return your call or message.

For urgent matters, you may call Dr. Henker’s cell: 250-464-4236.