One of the many unfortunate side effects of diabetes is how it can cause blurred vision or even loss of vision. I am very lucky I still have my vision. I frequent my eye doctor every 4 to 6 weeks. As a diabetic you grow extra blood vessels in your eyes that will need to be treated. If they rupture, fluid can blur your vision or worse cause vision loss. The treatments I receive have been laser bursts in my eyes to stop the fluid from the extra blood vessels and an occasional injection into the eye to achieve the same result, but with a more potent medicine to control the fluid in your eyes.
The laser treatment is a series of ultraviolet bursts of light that help seal the vessels. The average time of this treatment is about fifteen minutes. It’s a long fifteen minutes, with a slight irritation or soreness during the process. The after effects are headaches, and soreness. You’ll take drops afterwards to help with the pain and the healing after the treatment. You can drive home after the treatment, but you’ll have to wear sunglasses because the sunlight will irritate your eyes. The average amount of treatments depends on the severity of your condition. I average about seven treatments per year.
The injections in your eye is basically painless.You lay down, they numb your eye, you look the other way, you feel a slight pinch, and it’s over. You will have some soreness for about a week, which will also be treated by drops.
My eye doctor and my cardiologist have said the extra vessels aren’t directly related to your diet. Don’t get me wrong, keeping your A1C low will give you a fighting chance. The way it was explained to me by my eye doctor is that eyes are the weakest parts of your body, and you get the least amount of nutrient there. Diabetes attacks your eyes the hardest.
I also have high blood pressure. Another wonderful side effect of diabetes.My cardiologist said that low pressure can do more damage than high. In the end try to control your blood sugar and don’t cheat!!!! Your sight is precious, so with the combination of a proper diet and treatments you have a fighting chance. Be smart and take care of yourself!!
My next blog will be a blast from the past. I will discuss my poor eating habits and lack of exercise that led me to this predicament…Stay healthy!!!