Diabetes attacks many parts of your body. The most vulnerable being your eyes. Your eyes grow extra blood vessels which left unchecked can release fluid that could blur or cause vision loss. When I was first diagnosed my eye doctor explained in a very blunt way about vision loss among diabetics. He explained controlling your A1C and keeping your numbers well would give you a fighting chance.
I have talked about my laser treatments and shots to my eyes. The lasers are more painful, but they keep your vision steady. During the first year after surgeries and my diagnosis I was adjusting to my new diet and at times blurred vision if my sugar went too low. I would see the eye doctor every three to six weeks due to the severity of the fluid in my eyes. I was told also by my cardiologist that my high blood pressure could also contribute to vision loss despite my good efforts.
It’s frustrating when your numbers are good and your eyes still need constant attention. I was receiving lasers or shots almost every visit. The fear that a diabetic faces everyday is the possibility of losing their vision. You have to consider what your life would be like blind and how you would adjust. This puts your whole positive outlook on hold.
I’ve been very fortunate in that all my doctors are blunt. Some things in life are black and white. Loss of vision, or other health problems are things you work hard to avoid. My eyes have been stable as of late and I am grateful. This is just another example of what a diabetic must face everyday. The key is to keep fighting and the will to live a long healthy life. I always do my best everyday and am proud of my results so far. The best advice I can give is to follow your diet. If you do cheat one day, get right back on your diet the next day. Look for positive outlets . Mine is music and spending time with friends and family. Stay healthy and happy!
Next week I will talk about being a diabetic during this pandemic.