diabetic sight problems

is there anybody in the community with sight loss due to Diabetes ?

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-InTheWorldOfTheBlind-'s picture

Reply to Dianne by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Hello. Yes. I have diabetic retinopathy.

I have saline in my right eye (they had to initially put supporting oil in as my retina was starting to detach, when the retina improved and reattached they told me that they could remove the oil and replace it with Saline. It was a difficult choice with some risk factors but I'm glad I made it.)

My left eye unfortunately became accidentally infected during a similar operation (please don't worry about this though, it was a one-in-a-million chance it could happen. I just happened to be that one.)

The sight I have in my remaining eye is not what it used to be. I have bifocals where the second lense is a magnfying lens meaning I can read large print books easily and stuff in smaller print with some difficulty. I've also lost some of my colour accuracy confusing some blues with greens, some blues with purples and get my oranges and pinks mixed up too.

I saw the RNIB television adverts where they simulated different parts of blindness. I have to say the simulation of diabetic retinopathy is either inaccurate or, more likely, represents a much more advanced degeneration in terms of cell damage than I had. I think in the early stages your brain will 'fill in the gaps' where there are any so things just seem fuzzy and distorted. The plus side of this is that you can still make sense of things easily. The downside is that it might just be mistaken for short or long sightedness in the early stages.

That said, some of the bluriness in my case could also be due to the fact that my eye no longer has it's natural filling (vitreous gel).

I hope this has been informative and not too depressing. Please ask any questions you'd like to ask and I'll try to answer.

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by Dianne

Thank you for your reply . I think people with diabetic sight loss all seem to have different ways of seeing, Mine changes daily, This makes it hard to explain to people what I can and can not see. I can not read small print or sell by dates even with a magnification. Do you find if your diabetic control is not going well it effects your sight even more, Dianne

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Reply to Dianne by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Yes it does vary. I've heard why also (courtesy of an optician who was helping my mother who also has diabetes - I have a hereditary form of type 2 diabetes called MODIY). The level of your blood sugar subtly alters the shape of your eyeball and therefore the lens. My mum found this out because prior to her current optician the last guy was changing her glasses prescription every test. Her new optician explained that he was either inexperienced or conning her (clue - he had about 20 year's experience so probably not that), because of the subtle variations caused by blood sugar slight changes in prescription should be ignored by opticians. Of course if that optician insists on new glasses with each new prescription and only has expensive frames in his range...

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by Dianne

Thats very intresting I once had my eyes tested and by the time my glasses was made they was not very useful. As I have other Diabetic problems I try hard to keep my levels steady but somedays nothing I do keeps them level. Even now with little sight it still effects my vision,

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Reply to Dianne by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Yes. It's worth waiting if you've got an eye operation coming up soon (especially if it's something like a cataract removal which will drastically change your eyesight) although at the other end of the scale I had a doctor (not my usual eye surgeon) who suggested that I don't get any glasses because he had noted I had cataracts forming. However I knew from the last appointment (with my usual surgeon) that they were forming at a slow rate and it could be years before I actually needed surgery on them. I spoke to my usual surgeon and he confirmed that it was a sensible decision to get a prescription.

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

For glasses I mean.

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by Dianne

I had my cataract removed in August this year, Its didnt help change much of my vision but things became a lot brighter, so was worth having it done,

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Reply to Dianne by LelaPatterson

I am Lela and I was born blind.