Eye Problems and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-11-27 17:44:49 -0600
Started 2010-02-23 09:07:58 -0600

If you have diabetes, regular visits to your ophthalmologist for eye exams are important to avoid eye problems. High blood sugar (glucose) increases the risk of diabetes eye problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74.

If you have eye problems and diabetes, don't buy a new pair of glasses when you notice you have blurred vision. It could just be a temporary eye problem that develops rapidly with diabetes and is caused by high blood sugar levels.

High blood sugar in diabetes causes the lens of the eye to swell, which changes your ability to see. To correct this kind of eye problem, you need to get your blood sugar back into the target range (90-130 milligrams per deciliter or mg/dL before meals, and less than 180 mg/dL one to two hours after a meal). It may take as long as three months after your blood sugar is well controlled for your vision to fully get back to normal.

Blurred vision can also be a symptom of more serious eye problem with diabetes. The three major eye problems that people with diabetes may develop and should be aware of are cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy.

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22 replies

sharonmcknight 2011-11-27 17:44:49 -0600 Report

What I don't understand is how mt vision changes. There will be weeks I need my glasses to drive and I can see well close up. Then, weeks I can't see close up but do not need my glasses for my nearsightedness. Never heard any one else talk about a problem like this.

Charlligirl 2011-11-26 16:47:16 -0600 Report

I've been diabetic for over 29 years. Every year I go in for eye exams. It was never detected that I had diabetic retinopathy in my left eye until it was too late. I am now blind in the eye and I see a specialist for my right eye to prevent the same outcome. Just because you get an eye exam every year does not mean they are checking for the disease. Be sure to ask your eye doctor and if they aren't checking for it ask them to. If they can't, find another doctor. Vision is too precious to lose.

Type1Lou 2011-11-26 16:55:54 -0600 Report

Were you going to an ophthalmologist or to an optometrist or optician for your eye exam? People with diabetes should see an ophthalmologist every year. They have more extensive training in diseases of the eye and we are at higher risk for problems. My ophthalmologist noted several years ago that I have the beginnings of retinopathy but, so far, it hasn't gotten any worse.

Charlligirl 2011-11-26 17:03:38 -0600 Report

At the time I went to both. Every other year I went to an Opthamologist because I wore contacts and I had a problem with calcium buildup on them. I also have retinopathy in my right eye. I have had 2 bouts of blindness due to bleeding in the eye. This last time (last month) they tried a trial drug on me that I am responding well to. I have had 5 laser treatments in the eye to prevent the progression of the disease. I was told a few weeks ago that I have a 50/50 chance of never needing more laser again in the eye due to this experimental drug. I am so hopeful that it really works to my benefit.

Type1Lou 2011-11-26 17:19:10 -0600 Report

My heart goes out to you Charli! One of my worst fears is losing my eyesight. My Mom was legally blind the last 15 years of her life due to macular degeneration.AMD (Age-related macular degenration) also afflicted an uncle, an aunt and my grandmother. My Dad lost an eye to glaucoma. I've had cataract surgery in both eyes with lens implants and laser treatments for narrow-angle glaucoma. So far, we're keeping the retinopathy at bay…it's certainly incentive to keep the blood sugars in better control. I hope this new drug does the trick for you.

GaryFB 2011-11-26 13:34:03 -0600 Report

Plain and simple, I go for an annual checkup. In 1996 I had both lenses replaced after cataracts developed. It's as good as can be even now. Just gotta keep going at it. The same with dental care. Diabetes compromises every health system in our body and we have to stay on top of it all. It far outweighs the alternative!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-23 19:59:12 -0600 Report

I haven't had my eyes checked in ten almost eleven years. I guess I need to go…same with the dentist, it has been about 8,9 years.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-11-26 10:47:44 -0600 Report

Yes, you need to do both and very soon; don't put it off another day so first thing make an appointment to do both.

Roy531 2010-02-23 20:09:29 -0600 Report

You had better make an appointment, especailly for your eyes.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-23 20:11:58 -0600 Report

Yeah, I know I need to go, but I don't know how much an appt costs and even so, if I have problems I wouldn't be able to afford whatever I would need to fix it, so I never see the point.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-11-26 10:49:53 -0600 Report

The point is to prevent any problems by monitoring your blood sugar levels. At least call to make an appointment & ask the office what the charge is for an exam. You must get in for a yearly exam.

Roy531 2010-02-23 20:18:27 -0600 Report

At least you would know if something was wrong. If you want to continue seeing the keyboard you had better, I might come and turn you over my checkered apron

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-23 20:32:26 -0600 Report

This is true, I can still see and I am soooo thankful for that. I went camping last May and when I woke up after the first night I couldn't see, everything was blurry and it stayed like that most of the day, this happened everyday I was out there and it scared the crud out of me. Apparently I developed eye irritation from the smoke, but it never happened all the years before of camping so I hadn't an idea.
And Roy LOL , I don't need my eyes to type, however I do need them to see the screen :)

Roy531 2010-02-23 21:13:50 -0600 Report

You can always call and find out how much it will cost. I have insurance and just pay a small deductable to have mine checked so don't know how much a full charge would be.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-02-23 12:05:46 -0600 Report

I get my eyes checked every year. I just had my yearly check up on 2/2/10. Every time I have been good reports. Only last year I had to start wearing reading glasses.And, not because of diabetes. My doctor says everyone needs reading glasses at a certain time in your life. No matter what people might think. I just needed store brand. The doctor said I didn't need a strong pair until about 4-5 more years. So, it is good to go get check ups for teeth, eyes, and feet when your diabetic.

MAYS 2010-02-23 12:21:06 -0600 Report

You are doing great, taking proper care of yourself will allow you to continue to control diabetes and delay any of the complications associated with it.
When you are reading your favorite book remember this, you made it possible by caring enough about yourself to take control of your diabetes, enjoy the book !
" Mays "

10fluffy35 2010-02-23 10:31:28 -0600 Report

My eye pressure for a couple of years has been
close to their high range no. I go back every
six months and have the field vision test done once
a year. It cost me $75 for the test, but is worth the
peace of mind knowing everthing is good. I also
learn on my last visit, you can have perfect eye
pressure and still get glaucoma.

MAYS 2010-02-23 10:40:52 -0600 Report

That's good.
Most people don't take their eyesight serious until there are problems or it's too late, continue doing what's right and taking care of yourself.
There is a lot of beauty in this world, try to see as much of it as you can, for as long as you can, enjoy life, it's a gift !
" Mays "

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-02-23 11:13:41 -0600 Report

Had my appt., with my Ophthalamologist on Friday; he said that everything is just fine with my eyes…No signs of any damange from diabetes, as a matter-of-fact, my eyesight was better this time than first time I saw him…But, my BS is under better control now than it was then…I think that was just before I got on the pump…It was great getting some good news for a change… I think if I lost my eyesight, I would just go crazy!!!!! I don't think that I could deal with that…

MAYS 2010-02-23 11:21:26 -0600 Report

Life is so much more rewarding when we receive good news !
Knowing that your hard work, determination and the right choices (the pump) helped make this all possible must make you feel good, and it should, keep up the good work, and enjoy the sights !
" Mays "