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Vision Impairment and Type 2 Diabetes

Updated on April 10, 2017

Type 2 Diabetes and Vision

One morning, three years ago when I first opened my eyes, everything was blurry. I was not overly concerned at first; it was six in the morning after all. However, after getting up and washing my face, when I opened my eyes it was as though grey gauze was placed across my eyes. I could see but all was blurry.

I did a few small tests, like closing one eye and then the other. When my right eye was close my vision was almost normal but the left was another story.

My wife and I talked about this over morning coffee and, naturally, decided it was time to call the doctor.

I was given an appointment three days later and he referred me to an eye test. The test revealed what are called floater.

Eye floaters are tiny specks, flecks, perhaps cobwebs is most descriptive, that drift at random around in your field of vision. Floaters are annoying, I find them especially so while reading, however, they are very common and usually aren't cause for alarm.

Floaters and spots typically appear when tiny pieces of the eye's gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. They are one of the effects aging can have.

I have Type 2 diabetes and this can have an impact on your eyes, because of this the doctor who examined my eyes and confirmed the presence of floaters referred me to a specialist. Three weeks later I paid my first visit. The specialist confirmed the presence of floaters but his examination revealed the beginning of something more serious, diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of adult blindness. It is a complication of diabetes that results from damage to small blood vessels in the eye. This damage to blood vessels affects the nourishment of the retina which leads to visual loss. This condition can occur in both types 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Laser surgery is the recommended treatment and since that day I have had three treatments in each eye. The last two were done because on my regular visit to the eye specialist he noticed a bleeding in my right eye. I usually see the specialist once every three months, but one day while sitting in a meeting my vision was suddenly impaired by a red and black film. This turn out to be what is called a bleeder.

An eye test established my vision in that eye was significantly diminished. Since the surgery my vision is nearly normal. I still have floaters and there are times when that is annoying, but I adjust.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Angela, thank you and a cure would be ideal. WA, you are welcome and thanks for commenting.

  • Angela Harris profile image

    Angela Harris 

    8 years ago from Around the USA

    Glad your vision has been improved by the surgeries and holding steady. My husband has diabetes and it can be a very scary disease. Here's wishing you the best and for a diabetes cure!

  • westernangel profile image

    westernangel 

    8 years ago from Canada

    Thanks for the much needed hub. Well written and informative.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and you are welcome.

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    reddog1027 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Glad to hear all went well Bob. And thanks for a well written hub on diabetes and eye health.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    My sister-in-law just had surgery for glaucoma, thank you for your kind words. All the best.

  • gracenotes profile image

    gracenotes 

    8 years ago from North Texas

    You've done a public service with this hub. Thanks.

    I've had two surgeries this year, one of them on my retina. Although I don't have diabetes, I'm well aware of some of the problems one can experience with eyes.

    I am so glad that we have such things as laser treatments.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, and thank you for dropping by.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    I know many people with diabetes. I'm glad you are recovering well after the surgeries.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Controlling blood sugars is the best maintenance when it come to diabetes prevention or treatment. Thank you both for commenting.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    That is fantastic new. To me nothing worse that loosing your eyesight. Thank you for sharing.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    So sorry you had to undergo those surgeries. My mom is diabetic, too. Her eyesight has been okay so far, but her doctor suggested she should have her eyes checked every 6 months or so. A good way to prevent diabetic retinopathy is to keep your blood sugar levels under control. :)

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    msorensson 

    8 years ago

    Thanks, Bob.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    The first surgery was about two years ago, the last about six months. You are welcome.

  • msorensson profile image

    msorensson 

    8 years ago

    I am glad your eye surgery went well and that your vision is now nearly normal, Bob. May I ask how long ago your surgery was?

    Thank you kindly.

    Also thank you for posting this hub. It will be helpful to many.

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