What bad effect can diabetes had on my eyes?

ali eletre
By ali eletre Latest Reply 2009-06-13 19:55:53 -0500
Started 2009-05-28 11:51:59 -0500

Some times I feel not good sharp sight in my eyes.. & its effect my work & driving.. the doctor said .. After your levels will be good your eyes will be good like before BUT WHEN!!!!!!!
My levels still high.. the question now????
What bad effect can diabetes had on my eyes?

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Defeating Diabetes
Defeating Diabetes 2009-06-08 19:40:58 -0500 Report

Anyone who can not get an eye dr ro give them a rx because the blood sugars are not under control, try Lenscrafters. They always give you 3 months rx change free of charge.

Sarguillo 2009-06-10 15:07:03 -0500 Report

Speaking of eye doctors, I had ordered a set of glasses. First time I am wearing glasses and the eye doctor always asked what my BS was that morning. If it was high or out of control, she said we would have to have rescheduled. If you are going to get glasses, be under control or when you do, your percription for your glasses may change. Or so I am told.

Tiff 2009-06-08 10:46:26 -0500 Report

When you say, if your blood sugars ride to high for awhile, what is the range of high that your talking about?

Sarguillo 2009-06-08 16:43:17 -0500 Report

studies have been done and they say anything over 150 for a long period of time can be hurtfull long term. As a rule of thumb, a spike to just under 200 for a T2 is normal. Over 200 shows that there is an issue, be it medical, what the person ate, or meds, taken or not taken. A T1 may spike and come down more rapidly. But somone who does not take care of them selves and keeps a constant BS over 200 is sure to expirence issues. I didnt take care of myself for a number of years. When I finally got back under a doctors care, I had an A1C of 12.9 which they say is an average of 240. My eye doctor told me that I had started to break some of the capilaries in the back of my eyes. If I continued, it would have led to blindness. So, rule of my thumb, keep normal as much as possible, keep spikes to under 200. Live long and prosper.
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SusanJ 2009-06-08 09:11:08 -0500 Report

I know that when your sugars stay to high that can effect your eye sight. A good friend of mine is just about blind because she did not take care of hers. Take care.

roger 2009-06-02 14:07:38 -0500 Report

one day i went to call some one and could notsee the # went to the eye dr to see what was going on . the blood ves in the back of my eyes were bersting and the blood bilding up behind my eyes was causing the back of my eye to be out of shape there fore the out of focus . long story short i have hade 8 laser treatments in each eye and 3 steroid inj in each eye. the last steroid shot (yes right in the eye) was given in my right eye i had 20/50 vision then 21days later when i went for the laser i was able to read the 20/20 line. i have check up every 90 days or so to keep a close eye onit (pun= eye on it lol) so every one if you have not had your eyes checked in the last year make an appt asap !!!

cyncyn 2009-06-08 10:54:14 -0500 Report

Even after all, that you have had done, you still have humor about it.(eye on it) This is good. Because, you have also learned, first handed, what can happen, if you don't. Good for you.


roger 2009-06-09 08:49:55 -0500 Report

i am the poster child for poor care it sucks but better to have fun with it than cry about it?

cyncyn 2009-06-09 11:41:36 -0500 Report

I also laugh at my mistakes. But as long as I learn from my mistakes, then I am doing good. It is when you don't learn from them, you get in trouble!

roger 2009-06-09 12:44:22 -0500 Report

i have been out of school 26 years but i am still learning .( every thing i did wrong). but yes i hope to change for the good . just wish it could be one thing at a time! this one thing on top of the other is getting old !that is my reason for lmao at most every thing. keep me from going batty.

GabbyPA 2009-06-02 07:34:29 -0500 Report

The idea is to prevent this thru good control. I don't know how well it can be reversed after it has happened. My dad lost the vision in one eye for a while, it filled with blood. But as the body reabsorbed it, his vision improved, but it never really came back 100%

pop2 2009-06-01 19:56:14 -0500 Report

diabetic retinopathy can impair your vision can cause blindness your blood vessels can be come damaged the vessels swell and bleed. due to b/s being to high.

P2putt 2009-06-01 17:16:12 -0500 Report

Ali, I ignored my bs for TOOOO long. As a result I have badly damaged retnas.,Retinapothy. Had to undergo many Lasar treatments and medication injected into my eyes. Please watch what you eat and keep your b s in a good range. I know it is difficult. I am still struggling . Best to you. Let me your progress Pete

2009-06-12 22:49:14 -0500 Report

I've got retinopathy myself. Eye doc says it's moderate, and now I see him every 6 months.

Are the laser treatments painful? How bad did yours get? He keeps asking me when I go in, if the 'floaties' are worse than before.

roger 2009-06-13 19:55:53 -0500 Report

i have had 8 laser in each eye and 3 inj in each eye .i get the numbing shots for the stronger laser becous he does so many shots 685 the last time. and once you get past the inj comming at your eye the same thing you dont feel it but later it is like sand in your eye but still better than not seeing?

Sarguillo 2009-05-28 13:04:55 -0500 Report

Hello Ali.
When I have had high numbers for a while, I start to see blurry. At night, the stop lights and the lights at the back of the cars ahead of me look like star lights. Doctor told me that it was the sugar coating my corneas. When my numbers came down to a normal level, that starbright effect went away. The blurry went away. What happens is that the capalaries in your eyes start to burst if you keep high BS levels. This can and will lead to blindness. Please have a doctor look at the back of your eyes. Mine takes a picture of the back of my eyes and can show me how the capalaries look. Good luck.

kdroberts 2009-05-28 12:29:16 -0500 Report

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the world. I think the world but at least the western world. Uncontrolled diabetes can and will make you go blind eventually.

Judimar 2009-05-28 12:25:33 -0500 Report


Blurry vision is a side effect of high blood sugars. Once you get your readings down continuously you should hopefully notice a change. It's important to have your eyes checked annually because you/we have diabetes. Most eye doctors won't even give you an eye prescription unless your blood sugar is under control because high readings will not give them an accurate presription for your vision.

Hope this helped a little. I am sure there is other stuff I may have left out but hopefully someone here can fill in the blanks :)



2009-05-28 12:30:55 -0500 Report

Judimar, Thank you for explaining this so well. I sometimes have trouble putting into words what I need to say, and you did it perfectly. I hope everyone takes heed to this discussion and the replies given. Taking care of your eyes is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body.