Cataracts and Diabetes

By LadyLouAnn Latest Reply 2014-04-22 17:52:15 -0500
Started 2014-04-21 11:19:20 -0500

I had an appointment with an Ophthalmologist today, as my doctor thought it would be a good idea seeing that I am a type 2 diabetic and it turns out I have the beginnings of a cataract, I'm 52. The eye doc says people with diabetes will have cataracts earlier in life and they progress faster. Good news is that he said the back of my eye looks good.
Anyone else experience this?

10 replies

Type1Lou 2014-04-22 17:52:15 -0500 Report

Five years ago (at age 59/60), I had cataracts in both eyes removed. It was day surgery and the results were fantastic. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 27 so, I think my cataracts were also age-related but I'm sure diabetes played a role as well.

jayabee52 2014-04-22 12:00:33 -0500 Report

Howdy Lou Ann
I was one of those folks who had a cataract about one year post Dx. that was in 1996. I had a successful cataract surgery. Dr did look in my right eye and said there was one growing in that eye as well, but said It'd have to mature before surgery on that one. So far it has not seemed to grow so no problems from my right eye.

Great news about your dialated retinal exam!

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Glucerna 2014-04-21 18:20:57 -0500 Report

I'm glad you followed through with your doctor's suggestion to see an opthamalogist. The guidelines recommend an eye exam when diagnosed with Type 2, and then annually afterwards to stay on top of any potential changes. Just think - if you didn't have diabetes you might not have found about the cataract. Taking care of diabetes means taking care of your overall health, and you're doing great with that. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-21 13:37:35 -0500 Report

I am older than you and I don't have that problem. My ophthalmologist checks my log book prior to an eye exam. I asked about cataracts and his response was that he sees them a lot in diabetics who are not in very good control of their diabetes.

Based on what he said including that the diabetic who is not in very good control has a higher risk of losing their vision than diabetics who are in very good control. Thankfully, I am in the group in very good control and he is proud of how well I am doing now compared to the first time I saw him 5 yrs ago after being diagnosed.

I was in the waiting room with a 40 yr old woman who was losing her vision due to diabetes. She told another patient she wished she had paid attention when the doctor told her she could lose her vision and limbs if she didn't take care of herself. She said she was diagnosed at 26 and never paid attention to none of the doctors she saw until her kidneys started failing and now she is losing her vision. She was in a wheelchair because she can barely walk because of her weight. Nope I did not feel sorry for her. She did this to herself.

haoleboy 2014-04-21 15:31:06 -0500 Report

I had cataract surgery on my right eye last year. I still have cataracts in my left eye , but as the retina in that eye is detached there is no point in fixing it. It does appear that diabetes is a contributing factor, but I would suggest there is more to it than simply being in control or not. When diagnosed 7 years ago my A1c was 10% … within 6 months it was 6.6 and within 1 year of diagnosis 5.8 … I have been at or below 6.0% ever since. My weight has gone from 325 to 160, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are excellent. According to most "experts" that would be considered good control and yet, in addition to my eye problems, I have had a stroke and have neuropathy in my legs bad enough that I have limited mobility.
One size does not fit all and it is far to simplistic to say that being "in control" will prevent complications … if that is true then did I get ripped off? I do own up to the fact that I did do this to myself however.


LadyLouAnn 2014-04-21 22:20:25 -0500 Report

Thank you Haoleboy, It's been only 6 moths since I've been diagnosed as T2, so I really don't know how long I have had Diabetes. I guess it's been quite awhile because by the time I was diagnosed I had lost weight, was peeing non stop, drinking fluids to beat the band, tired all the time, mentally drained, headaches and so on. I'm not really sure what to think.

haoleboy 2014-04-21 22:27:24 -0500 Report

My focus is on preventing the complications I have from getting worse and preventing any more. to that end I have dedicated myself to lowering my A1c to under 5.0.
We can't undo what has been done but we sure as heck can get as healthy as possible now.
good luck to you and let me know if I can be of any assistance.
(on a positive note … my vision in the right eye after surgery is 20/20 … first time in about 45 years)


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-21 19:35:27 -0500 Report

Because I have had eye problems that were diagnosed when I was in High School, I see an ophthalmologist every year and get glasses every 2 years.. Each person is different.

When my doctor told me I was diabetic and told me all that could happen, I immediately began taking care of myself. Some problems we have are caused by us by not heeding what he said. Not every diabetic gets cataracts or glaucoma. I always look at the glass as being half full because when they say it is a possibility that something will happen, there is also the possibility it won't happen.

haoleboy 2014-04-21 20:34:30 -0500 Report

I prefer to see the glass half empty … its utility is in its ability to hold things. by appreciating its emptiness we honor its usefulness.
sorry … been doing my zen studies this afternoon.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-21 20:38:24 -0500 Report

Not a problem. I prefer to be optimistic because if the glass is half full it has the potential to be filled. In other words, it allows for growth.