Ocular Disease Management
Some of the most common ocular diseases we treat and co-manage at our practice are: cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye syndrome, and glaucoma. Our doctors will routinely monitor any disease you may have and screen for other diseases you are at greater risk of developing.
If you would like to learn more about these diseases, they are described in more detail on our “Common Eye Conditions” section.
Diabetes is a disease where your body cannot properly digest sugars. There are two types of diabetes (Type I and Type II) and both forms can lead to diabetic retinopathy, a disease that can severely damage the retina resulting in permanent vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that needs to be regularly monitored by an optometrist and annual eye exams for this condition are covered by OHIP once a year regardless of age.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Lupus, are autoimmune disorders often treated with Hydroxychloroquine. This medication taken in high doses and routinely can lead to vision complications. The side effects may range from temporary blurriness and glare to more serious changes in the back of the eye that could affect your vision long-term . Therefore, patients that use Hydroxychloroquine must have their eyes monitored every 6 months by an optometrist.