A Diabetic is more prone to get any kind of
infection more easily than a normal
person. Also the infection takes longer to clear up.
People in their 50s
getting recurrent Stye should get their blood sugar
checked for Diabetes.
The risk of blindness in Diabetics is 25
times greater than the normal person.
Frequent fluctuations in blood sugars leads to earlier development of
Diabetics are more likely to develop inflammation
of the eye after any surgery, esp. Cataract Surgery.
Diabetics develop changes in the retina,
called Diabetic Retinopathy (DMR).
Optic Neuritis, an
inflammation of the optic nerve can occur.
Diabetics may get up in the morning and on looking in the mirror may see a
'crooked face' or inability to close one eye. This is due to a Nerve
Palsy. Due to paralysis of one or more nerves, the muscles
get affected, leading to disability. Consult the doctor, don't worry, most
recover with time.
What can I do to prevent these changes in my eye?
Regular eye exams as advised by the AAO are the only way for early detection.
||First eye exam
|5years after diagnosis
(adult onset type)
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Diabetes was known to
man in ancient times, thousands of years ago! It was the disease of
"Sweet urine". The disease was detected easily because ants were
attracted to the urine for the sugar!