WebMD's Eye Slides

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-04-17 05:17:39 -0500
Started 2014-04-09 08:49:51 -0500

My dad had a leaking retina that filled one eye with blood. His body reabsorbed it eventually, But it was a lesson in diabetic complications.

I have posted a picture of my eye here http://www.diabeticconnect.com/photos/51998 and while it is kind of creepy, it's a good picture of what to a healthy eye looks like. This is a good slide show that shows you things you can look for when you have diabetes and are wanting some answers.


26 replies

stonehedge 2014-04-17 05:17:39 -0500 Report

well went to my eye doc.——eyes were good and healthy——said that if i had not told him i was a diabetic—he would not of known by looking at my eyes——for my first time ever eye report—-good news——-i guess proper diet and life style works

joannct1 2014-04-17 03:32:15 -0500 Report

I have a lot of financial stress. Iam on a nd insulin pump. Sorry you broke your leg. Awesome you we tote a book.i was no humolog now on nobody log plus I am hypothyroid and I have treated high blood presdure. I live with chronic pain daily.

joann r
joann r 2014-04-10 17:38:01 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, Thanks for the great slideshow. Had lots of info about vision that I was unaware of. It's good to know what to expect if something does happen. Take care. Joann

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-04-10 10:59:14 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby;
I'm in full agreement with "haoleboy" with diabetes comes many eye problems. The most common is leakage in the eye. I see an opthamologist regularly for my eye exams as well as a regular diabetic eye exam. So far diabetes has done nothing to my eyes. I thank the Lord for that. I did have double cataracts which were promptly removed. It's horrible when you can't see. Great video and a great topic. So very important to diabetics.

haoleboy 2014-04-09 22:26:59 -0500 Report

eye problems should not be taken lightly. lost all vision in my left eye due to a detached retina. had cataract removed and an IOL put in the right eye … 20/20 now.
see an ophthalmologist regularly if you can … eye problems and diabetics go hand in hand.


camerashy 2014-04-09 20:42:54 -0500 Report

I really need to get back to my ophthalmologist. I haven't been in 3 years, since I moved to Mississippi (and if you think typing that is easy, try it! :-) )

Rmj814 2014-04-09 20:53:23 -0500 Report

I also have problems with my right eye now. I some how got a scratch on the cornea. I can see out of that eye, but it is major blurry. I have an antibiotic ointment that I put in that eye every night. I depend on my left eye now, that is my 'good' eye. my vision is 20/40. I also had cataract surgery back in the 90's. That helps very much with reading, but sometimes I use readidng glasses when needed.. Try your best to get to the eye docctors. also being diabetic, I can see him every 3 months. Good luck with your typing, , Rose

Rmj814 2014-04-09 20:17:42 -0500 Report

I have diabetic retinopathy. About 10 years ago, I was cleaning somthing from my rug, had my head bent down, and when I got up, my left eye was all blurred, it was like looking through black lace.. I called my eye doctor right away, and they set me up with an appointment that afternoon. What happened was the blood vessels in that eye broke - 'bleeding' in my eye. My doctor set up series of laser treatments and eventually the bleeding went away. But now I have "floaters" — scar tissue from the bleed.. I can see through the floaters, but it took awhile for it to clear up. I see my Opthamologist every 3 months. He keepss up on anything that goes wrong with my eyes.

camerashy 2014-04-09 20:45:12 -0500 Report

I've had floaters since I was a teenager, but it seems recently I have more. I asked an optometrist what caused them, and he said sometimes it's just dead cells that "could" be caused by looking at the sun. (Which I did a lot)

mobydick9 2014-04-09 17:11:05 -0500 Report

surgery for both my eyes and removed the floaters an air bubble was injected in the eye to help close up and heal the wound after surgery from takes 2 to 3 weeks to proliferate currently I developed a macular edema If your dad is not diabetic he will not have these complications that I had but if he is he needs to take extra care god bless him .

mobydick9 2014-04-09 17:10:12 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby my blood vessels in the retina of both eyes we're bleeding two years back this leak is associated with diabetes. My case was diagnosed as a Non-proliferative retinopathy it occurs when the damaged or leaking blood vessels do not spread. Symptoms of this disorder include vision spots, floaters (floating areas of blurred vision), I had surgery for both my eyes and removed the floaters an air bubble was injected in the eye to help close up and heal the wound after surgery from time to time one of the eyes leek it takes 2 to 3 weeks to proliferate currently I developed a macular edema If your dad is not diabetic he will not have these complications that I had but if he is he needs to take extra care god bless him .

GabbyPA 2014-04-11 07:09:03 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, my dad is gone. It was diabetes that caused his eye issue. I believe he had the laser done for his eye. He never felt comfortable driving after it happened though.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-09 15:57:40 -0500 Report

Just for fun, I dialated myself and showed Pam; my silicone-filled, scar-laden eye to a vetrinary opthalmologist. ( work related). He usually sees normal, healthy eyes, occasional conjuctivitis, albeit in the animal world. The look on his face was priceless. If I think of it when I see my retinal surgeon, I'll see if I can get a copy of what it looks like. I'll post it for the 'what to avoid' category.
Thank God for vitrectomies and being able to fix things, my left eye still works, although I'm having a catarac removed in July, eye surgery #5. While I am thankful for the surgery, I would desperately avoid needing one if you can. I have no basis of comparison, but after my 1st of 3 surgeries, my wife never told me again that I couldn't possibly compare anything to the pain of child birth.

GabbyPA 2014-04-11 07:11:04 -0500 Report

Wow, it was that painful? And you did it again and again? I know what you mean about the gratitude for it mixed with the apprehension.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-11 08:07:30 -0500 Report

I can't really compare it to anything so I can't say if it was 'that' painful. without it I had a 100% chance of being blind, so that kind of made my decision for me. The third one was to shut my right eye down, I can't really describe the headache from having an eye attempting in vain to focus and constantly rolling backwards into your head

Type1Lou 2014-04-09 14:16:31 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby…the web md link was very informative. I'm happy to see your healthy eye. I've had laser surgery for narrow-angle glaucoma and cataract surgery on both eyes and most recently, lasering away of scar tissue that developed behind the implanted lens. I've also been told for nearly 10 years that I've got the beginnings of retinopathy but nothing requiring treatment yet. One of my big fears, after 38 years as a Type 1, is losing my eyesight (Mom became legally blind due to macular degeneration). That fear helps motivate me to keep my BG's and A1c's in acceptable ranges.

GabbyPA 2014-04-11 07:12:19 -0500 Report

Different things motivate us, and this kind of loss of quality of life is one that I keep in mind.

azdutchman 2014-04-09 13:31:11 -0500 Report

I have had Type II Diabetes for about 27 years. I'm 75 now and in the last dozen years I have had two cataract surgeries. After the most recent surgery, just over a year ago, I no longer had to wear corrective lenses. I only wear reading glasses — over the counter type — what a relief. Ever since I was diagnosed I have had a diabetic eye exam every year. So far I have had no serious problem. A couple of times there was slight blood leakage at the back of the retina, but not serious enough for treatment. But I highly recommend regular yearly eye exams.

jayabee52 2014-04-09 09:43:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Gabby
The slide show is a very good reminder of the thngs we need to care for our eyes. I know I am overdue for the dialated eye exam.

I did have a cataract operation on my left eye a couple of years after my Dx.
I must have had high BG numbers for quite some time before my Dx since before the cataract surgery I would close my right eye and could not see anything through the lens, I would tell if it was dark or light out, but everything.else was white. couldn't even see shapes through it. Frightening to think I drove around like that for several months and could have got something in my right eye! All I can say is that I have been blessed that it didn't happen.

God's best to you and yours


Copperchef 2014-04-09 09:05:37 -0500 Report

I make the pilgrimage to the eye doctor every year.I get the retinal scan and photos done too. What I like is the fact that after a couple of years, you develop a base line and they start comparing the earlier scans with latest as a way to see if any changes are taking place.
My wife just went yesterday, she is a type 2 also, and discovered that she is in the preliminary stages of macular degeneration. They noticed subtle changes in the scans through comparison. She will be able to get help, because it was caught so early. The treatment will slow it down, but won't cure it.

GabbyPA 2014-04-09 09:30:03 -0500 Report

That is how we should approach it. It's good that you guys are on top of things.

stonehedge 2014-04-12 06:58:05 -0500 Report

gabby—-this monday i go to gey my eye looked at by an eye doc. first time ever—-im 63——so hope every thing is ok—-not having any proublems realy—-little floaters or bluring in left eye but not bad—-but be good to know what ever for certain