Friday, November 30, 2012

Eye Complications - Living With Diabetes

Went to get my eyes examined last week, and instead of just getting a new prescription, I found out I have cataracts. Having surgery in a few weeks, and by next month I will be back on track. If you are a diabetic, please stay on top of regular eye exams - Charles

  • People with diabetes are at increased risk for eye complications.
  • Most people with diabetes will get some form of retinopathy, a disorder of the retina.
  • Huge strides have been made in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
  • The earlier problems are diagnosed, the more successful the treatments can be

Many people without diabetes get cataracts, but people with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop this eye condition. People with diabetes also tend to get cataracts at a younger age and have them progress faster. With cataracts, the eye's clear lens clouds, blocking light.

To help deal with mild cataracts, you may need to wear sunglasses more often and use glare-control lenses in your glasses. For cataracts that interfere greatly with vision, doctors usually remove the lens of the eye. Sometimes the patient gets a new transplanted lens. In people with diabetes, retinopathy can get worse after removal of the lens, and glaucoma may start to develop.

People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes. The longer someone has had diabetes, the more common glaucoma is. Risk also increases with age.

Diabetic retinopathy is a general term for all disorders of the retina caused by diabetes. There are two major types of retinopathy: nonproliferative and proliferative.

Read the full article at Diabetes.Org

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