May is Healthy Vision Month

Chris Clement
By Chris Clement Latest Reply 2018-05-15 18:05:12 -0500
Started 2018-05-09 00:25:49 -0500

Hey everyone,
Did you know that May is Healthy Vision Month? (

As most people know, diabetes puts eyes at risk. So I decided to take the opportunity to explore eye health in relation to diabetes. There is a great piece here on Diabetic Connect by a CDE I respect, Amy Campbell. She talks specifically about the two most common eye conditions among us: Diabetic Eye Disease, and Diabetic Retinopathy. The good news is she says "Diabetes doesn't have to threaten your eyesight." So far I've been lucky. Even though diabetes burnout has hit me several times in my 20 years living with this disease, during which times I've not managed my blood sugar adequately, I've experienced minimal problems with my eyes.

How are your eyes? How do you make sure they stay as healthy as possible?

Learn Amy's tips for prevention and treatment here:

4 replies

Greymoon 2018-05-15 18:05:12 -0500 Report

I recently had my yearly eye exam, in which I was a little dismayed and a little surprised. I do have some neuropathy in one eye and have a slight indication of developing cataracts. Last years exam showed, as have the previous years, that I was not able to pass a drivers license test, meaning I could not drive, not a worry, I live in a Village, meaning everything is within walking distance. However, this years exam, the Doctor was mildly surprised, since the prescription for my lenses changed to an improved and lower prescription. I was also informed, that I would qualify to take the drivers exam! (Not that I am going to, I still do not trust other health issues to be behind the wheel).
I have found that I rest my eyes more periodically than I did in the past, reading a book for example, I will read for 30 minutes, and rest for an hour, (sometimes this is hard, especially if you are really into a chapter!). I wear sunglasses, especially in the Winter, with the snow, and glaring sunlight, it can be hard on the eyes. Computer time is also limited, and lighting! This is so important to have the correct lighting.

GabbyPA 2018-05-12 14:05:10 -0500 Report

I have my retina photographed every eye exam so they can keep a close watch on what is going on behind my eyes. It is painless and you get a kind of cool pic to share with friends...or not. LOL

Type1Lou 2018-05-09 12:32:13 -0500 Report

I will hit my 42nd year as a Type 1 this summer. Twenty or so years ago, my ophthalmologist noted the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy. By cutting back on my daily carbs and achieving better BG control about 16 years ago, I have been able to stop the retinopathy from progressing any further. (I was also able to reverse the beginnings of neuropathy in my feet.) My family also has a history of age-related macular degeneration and my Mom, an aunt, several uncles and my grandmother all lost their vision due to this, so I have a double-whammy for vision loss. Mom and Dad also had glaucoma and I've been treated for narrow-angle glaucoma and had cataract removal with lens implants. One of my biggest fears is losing my eyesight. I can't do much about the ARMD (I do take vison-formula vitamins) but I can do a lot about maintaining good BG's…so far, so good!

haoleboy 2018-05-09 11:24:16 -0500 Report

a subject near and dear …
I lost all vision in my left eye almost 6 years ago. possibly diabetes related but they're not 100% sure. since then I've seen an Ophthalmologist every three months for a complete exam. having lost one eye it is obviously important to make sure the good one is in great shape and to maintain the "globe" of the non-functioning one. so far, so good 20/20 but I do need readers thanks to having had lens replacement due to a cataract. IOP is normal in both eyes.
I do wear sunglasses when I go out and on cloudy, rainy days I wear clear lens glasses for protection.
one of my favorite sayings is, "eye safety is important. just ask the person that has 1".
something important is understanding the different eye care "professionals"
Ophthalmologist - a medical doctor specializing in eye care
Optometrist - trained specialist in dispensing in corrective lenses and in diagnosing some eye issues. not a medical doctor
Optician - technicians trained to design/fit eye ware they have no medical training.
☮ Steve

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