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Dr. Brian S. Feldman & Dr. Angela De Berardis
Located in West Toronto on Dundas Street 1 1/2 blocks west of Keele.

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Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that only affects diabetics. It occurs when the fragile vascular network that supplies the retina – the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that helps us see – begins to swell or leak. During the beginning stages of the disease, there may be no noticeable symptoms, so it’s important to have your eyes checked at least once a year, if you have diabetes.

As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, once symptoms of diabetic retinopathy do develop, they can include: dark or black spots in your visual field, or blurry vision, and it increases over time. This is a result of bleeding at the back of the eye, which prevents a clear image from being transmitted from the retina to the brain.

Whether you have type 1, type 2, or even just gestational diabetes, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have had the disease, the greater the risk. It is essential to keep your blood sugar levels under control to prevent vision loss, and this may require a trip back to your primary care physician.

Treating diabetic retinopathy can include vitrectomy, replacing the inner gel-like substance that supports the eyeball structure, and laser surgery.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

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At the recommendation of the Ministry of Health, we have decided to close the office until April 15, 2020.

In the event of an eye emergency, or if you require urgent care and cannot wait until we return, please call or text a message to your optometrist.

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*For Dr. Feldman, call (416) 576-3666

*For Dr. De Berardis call (416) 670-0536

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