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Diabetic Retinopathy: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Diabetes is the main causal factor of impaired sight among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. As of 2008, over 4 million men and women in North America afflicted with diabetes were found to have blindness caused by diabetes. Of this number, seventy thousand suffered from acute diabetic retinopathy, which can result in irreversible vision loss.

So, how important is it to get tested for diabetic retinopathy?

Firstly, those living with diabetes are at risk. The best way to learn if you have diabetes related vision loss is to have your optometrist give you a complete eye test yearly. The longer the affliction goes unchecked, the greater the risk of diabetes related vision loss. Quick treatment is the key to preventing further loss.

Women who are expecting that are found to have pregnancy-related diabetes have a better likelihood of contracting diabetic retinopathy. It is important to have a complete dilated eye exam after diagnosis as well.

So why all the concern? Won't there be symptoms of blindness?

Well the truth is no. There are many kinds of diabetic retinopathy, and only those which are in the severe stages are obvious. Progressive diabetes may have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes caused disease which results in extreme vision loss. Both afflictions can manifest with no obvious signs. This is a reason that early detection is essential to stopping any irreversible damage.

A thorough evaluation will detect evidence of diabetic retinopathy. There are individual parts to this exam which will expose the tell-tale clues, such as damaged nerve tissue, swelling of the retina, the existence of fatty deposits on the retina, and leaky blood vessels. What is entailed in a comprehensive eye test?

Firstly, you will get a visual acuity examination by means of an eye chart that is used to assess how accurately you see at different distances. This is identical to the visual acuity exams given by your eye doctor, should you require corrective lenses.

In a dilated eye exam, the eye doctor puts drops in your eyes to amplify your pupils. Though not a particularly beloved test by the squeamish, it can stop blindness later on. This procedure makes it possible to examine a larger section of the inside of your eyes to check for distinct signs that show the presence of diabetic retinopathy. The fleeting discomfort could save your ability to see.

Regularly monitor your eye sight. Even a little laziness can lead to irreversible deterioration. If you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is imperative to plan an eye examination with an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.