What will I notice in my eyes from the diabetes?

MARK STRADLING, D.O.

COMPREHENSIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY/ CATARACT SURGERY

Most of the time you won't notice anything with your eyes related to the diabetes if it's under good control.  This is why it is so important to get regular eye exams.  If you have wide swings in your blood glucose levels then you may experience fluctuation in your vision.  If the glucose levels are regularly high (above 250),  then it will take some time for the lens of the eye to release the absorbed sugars (in the form of sorbitol) once the blood glucose levels fall back below the 200 level.  These fluctuations can speed up the progression of cataracts.  Cataracts aren't a disease and aren't contagious, but they can affect your vision.  Normally, cataracts don't affect most people until they are fifty years or older, but uncontrolled diabetes  can speed up the process.

Bleeding into the vitreous, which is the gel-like liquid in the back of the eye, can occur.  If the blood happens to be located  within the central vision, then vision can be diminished.   Sometimes the bleeding will be seen as floaters, but usually as a redness or darkness that covers the vision.

For any questions related to your diabetic eye care or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors call us at 702-456-4000.

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