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Type 2 Diabetes & Diabetic Retinopathy

Updated on May 16, 2013

Diabetic Retinopathy

The possibility of losing my eye sight scares me. Of all the possible complications associated with having diabetes the lost of my eyesight gives me the greatest pause for concern. The most common disease associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes to the retina’s blood vessels and is a leading cause of blindness in adults.

Different people experience this disease in different ways. In some blood vessels may swell while in others unusual, new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

Good vision depends upon a healthy retina.

Diabetes retinopathy may go unnoticed for some time as the changes take place slowly. However, as time passes the individual’s condition will get worse and a loss of vision is the result.

I was fortunate in that I was diagnosed quite early in the process, and that the doctors involved in my care, were able to set a course of treatment (laser surgery) that has corrected the condition.


The appearance of a floater in my field of vision sent me first to my family doctor who then referred me to an eye examination. As a result of the examination, I was sent to a specialist who in consultation with another specialist saw beyond the floater and spotted the beginnings of the disease.

This early intervention may very well have saved my eye sight.

If I had to pay for this treatment, it is possible that I would not have been able to afford it, as it was all I had to pay was $60.00 for the initial eye exam, the balance of the treatment, including my 4 laser surgeries, were covered by my health plan.

If you have diabetes, be sure to have a regular eye examination. Equally as important, stick to our maintenance plan, in others words, get regular exercise, daily if possible but at least three times per week and 30 minutes per session.

If you do not have diabetes, be sure to eat well. By this I mean stick to vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats, for example. Exercise, even if you do not need to lose weight, get up off the couch and take a walk. Your eyes and your body will say thank you.

I believe I can, through diet and exercise, eliminate my need to take insulin injections twice a day. This is a goal that I have set and am determined to stick to; my eye sight and my overall health are depending upon my will to do so.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the information; all the best.

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    authorfriendly 6 years ago from Charleston, SC

    Bob great hub. An interesting update on this is that they are now finding that prediabetics also have retinopathy, and hemoglobin A1c in the mid 6 range can still be associated with it.. About 8-11% of prediabetics show signs of retinopathy.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Diabetes is horrible but that it has to involve loss of eye sight is really sad. I am so sorry to read it. For me too it would the worse of any loss. Maybe and hopefully it won't happen. I certainly do wish you that. Have a love holiday and all the very best for the New Year.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Keep on writing and congratulations on reaching ten. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Wayne K. WIlkins 6 years ago from Birmingham, England.

    Very useful hub, Bob, I am glad that I have came across your work here. You are a very talented writer. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more of your hubs in the future. I just hit ten myself, I hope I can reach as many as you at some point!

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, I am pleased people find the hub useful, thanks Glenn for dropping by.

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    Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

    It's good you caught it in time Bob. This is important for people to know and to understand that we have the technology today to solve these problems when done before serious problems develop. Very useful hub.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and all the best.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much for writing this. My husband has this condition and his greatest fear is that of losing his eyesight,. Reading this is a good reminder that we´re not alone. Thank you.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both,

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    lilibees 6 years ago

    Vote up and useful from me!

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    Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

    Rated Up, Useful and Awesome. Great Hub.