Diabetes and Eye Problems - Cataracts

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Cataracts and Diabetes

A cataract is a clouding or fogging of the normally clear lens of the eye. The lens is what allows us to see and focus on an image just like a camera. Although anyone can get cataracts, people with diabetes get these eye problems at an earlier age than most and the condition progresses more rapidly than in people without diabetes.

If you have a cataract, there is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye that results in the inability to focus light, and your vision is impaired. Symptoms of this eye problem in diabetes include blurred or glared vision.

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed or cleaned out and replaced by a clear man-made lens.

Picture of Cataract of the Eye
Picture of Cataract of the Eye

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Comment from: Honey, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 07

My mother is diabetic for the last 27 years but since last year she is suffering from the continuous vision problems. She has already under gone through three laser surgeries and 1 cataract surgery but again after every month the problem reoccurs. We don't know what to do. It is really hard on our budget but we still want to keep going until she finds a permanent solution.

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Comment from: Michelle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had eye pain for months and assumed dry eye (mostly correct). But my left eye was not improving and I haven't had an eye exam in 8 or 9 years. Finally I broke down and saw an ophthalmologist today. Good news is dry eye was the problem. Bad news is I came out with a diagnosis of diabetes! I have level 1.5 cataracts indicative of poor glucose control. I had two fasting blood sugars in 3 months at 105 each. Possible pre-diabetes, but never would have thought I was uncontrolled enough to already affect my eyes. I am shocked! I am 44 years old, 20 pounds overweight, but hardly obese. I'm thinking the ophthalmologist saved me; I never would have suspected!

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