Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What other eye problems that can happen to people with diabetes?

You can have two eyes for other problems, cataracts and glaucoma. People without diabetes can get these eye problems, too. However, people with diabetes get these problems more often and at an earlier age.


A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which is normally clear. The lens focuses light onto the retina. A cataract makes everything you look at seem cloudy. You need a surgery to remove the cataract. During surgery your lens is removed and a plastic lens, like a contact lens is placed in. The plastic lens remains in the eye all the time. Cataract surgery helps you see clearly.


Glaucoma starts from the pressure builds up in the eye. Over time, this pressure damages the eye's main nerve, optic nerve. The damage first causes you to lose sight of the sides of your eyes. The treatment of glaucoma is usually simple. Your doctor will give you special drops to use every day to lower the pressure in the eye. Or your eye care you may have laser surgery.

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