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Optometry & Eye Care

At LMC, we know that vision loss can be a serious risk for people living with diabetes. That’s why we now offer comprehensive eye exams at many of our clinics and encourage patients to make eye care an essential part of their diabetes management.

Diabetes and Eye Care – Why It’s Important

When your blood sugar levels soar, the tiny blood vessels in your eyes can suffer serious damage. Over time, diabetes that is not well-controlled can lead to permanent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. It is important to note that retinal blood vessels are some of the most sensitive in your body and frequent fluctuations in blood sugar levels, blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels can manifest in your eyes. These blood vessels are examined during a dilated eye exam. You can lower your risk of eye complications by practicing good diabetes management and by seeing an eye doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam.

Controlling diabetes – by taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet – can prevent or delay vision loss. Because diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until permanent vision loss occurs, people living with diabetes should get a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care are key to preventing vision loss.

Optometry Services Offered

Basic Eye Health Exam:

Comprehenisve Eye Health Exam:

Additional Testing/Services Offered:

  • Glaucoma Testing (Tonometry)

  • Visual Acuity and Refraction

  • Dilated Eye Exam/Retinal Eye Exam

Includes the Basic Eye Health Exam, plus the following services:

  • Retinal Image

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan

  • Visual Field Test

  • Contact lens fitting

  • Laser Comanagement

  • Dry Eye Syndrome Management

Partner With Your Eye Doctor on Diabetes Care

Having an eye doctor as a part of your diabetes care team will ensure any eye health problems are detected early and treated before they become serious or result in vision loss.

LMC Optometry is located at the following LMC Healthcare clinics:
Barrie, Brampton, Montreal Glen, Montreal Ville St. Laurent, Vaughan/Thornhill

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I covered by OHIP? (Ontario Only)

If you have diabetes, OHIP will cover a basic eye health exam once every 12 months. Prescription lenses, eye glasses and certain advanced tests such as Retinal Imaging and OCT are not covered by OHIP, however, most extended health benefit plans cover optometry services and products. We would be happy to assist you in determining what your insurance plan covers

Am I covered by RAMQ? (Quebec Only)

If you have diabetes, RAMQ will cover a diabetes eye examination with dilation of the inner eye and the retina for individuals below 18 and above 65 and individuals that are on welfare. Prescription lenses, eye glasses and certain advanced tests such as OCT and Retinal  Imaging are not covered by RAMQ, however, most extended health benefit plans cover optometry services and products. We would be happy to assist you in determining what your insurance plan covers.

Do I require a referral?

No, we do not require a referral for an eye exam or treatment. However, if you have extended health benefits, you should consult your insurance provider for details regarding your plan, as some companies require you to have a referral dated prior to your initial assessment.

What are the benefits of seeing an Optometrist?

One of the main benefits of visiting an optometrist regularly is that eye health problems can be detected and treated early before they become serious or result in permanent vision loss. Regular visits to the optometrist also ensures your prescription lenses or glasses are working well for you.

What is included in an annual eye exam?

An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important part of preventative health care. In which, a binocular vision assessment takes place and patient’s visual needs are addressed with prescription glasses or contact lenses if needed. A complete evaluation of the eye health is conducted, including a dilated eye exam when indicated.  Patients are also screened for glaucoma. Note: There may also be need for additional problem related testing such as retinal imaging, gonioscopy, corneal pachymetry, OCT scans of the retina and/or Optic nerve and automated visual field testing.

What is an OCT scan?

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test. With OCT, your optometrist can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers and measure their thickness to help assess eye health. They also provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and diseases of the retina.

What is Retinal Imaging?

Retinal imaging is a digital image taken of the retina, blood vessels and optic nerve located at the back of your eyes to assist in the early detection and management of certain eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertension and various ocular tumors. Retinal imaging also provides photographic documentation so that your eye doctor can closely track and monitor the health of your eyes.