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Sat Jan 21 13:19:01 UTC 2012

My daughter was told she has diabetic cataracts. The eye doctor discribed these as sugar crystals attached to her lens in both eyes. Is it reversible?
Asked By: dcutberth  
Category: Type 2

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Surgery is recommended but is there time to do an alternative?
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2012-01-23 20:23:59.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. It results in fuzzy vision and increased sensitivity to light. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataracts than the general population.

Cataract is not reversible. Fortunately, there are effective treatment for cataract and other eye diseases. Laser surgery is very safe and effective.

Positive health changes one can make include smoking cessation, controlling blood pressure, maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels, and staying in control of blood glucose (sugar) levels by keeping A1C at target range. These changes help lower the risk for developing eye disease.

Learn more about eye care!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2015-05-15 15:00:59.0

Speaking from personal experience, cataracts give everything you see a dirty-greenish tinge, and gradually ruin your night vision. (I learned the first part after my first one was removed, by comparing the colour of the sky as seen by each eye.) I'm not a doctor and I don't know about the sugar crystal issue, but I'd suggest that you get a second opinion because you're clearly uncomfortable with what you and/or your daughter have been told.
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