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Sun Apr 08 18:14:09 UTC 2012

Can diabetes affect vision?
Asked By: pattio50  
Category: Vision
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Recently having started my diabetic oral medication my vision is blurry. Had an annual exam 4-5 months ago and lens correction last month. Do I wait until blood sugar levels out before getting eye exam ?
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2012-04-11 08:20:28.0

Hello pattio50
Thank you for bringing your question about Diabetes and vision problems to dLife.

Diabetes can effect vision. One of the symptoms of high glucose levels is blurry vision. Also, some people experience a temporary vision change when they initiate a new treatment such as tight control of glucose levels using rapid acting insulin. The tiny vessels in the retina can be easily damaged by high glucose levels. The sticky thick blood can cause these tiny vessels to leek or rupture.

It is very important to have an annual retinal exam . Either the eye specialist will dilate the pupil and look at the retina or he will take a fundas photograph and the computer will analyze the status of the retina. Treatments for retinopathy (damaged retina) include laser surgery.

Please discuss any changes in vision with both you provider that is managing you Diabetes and with your eye specialist. These providers will be able to determine if your vision changes will resolve with better glucose control or if treatment is needed.

Please read more about Diabetic vision complications on dLife at this link. eye complications.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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