Diabetes can play havoc with your eyes, and sometimes there are no early

sumptoms. So you may have no idea anything is wrong until your eyesight is in


Here are the main eye problems that can be caused, or made worse, by diabetes.


These are often described as a clouding of the lens of the eye. They are treatable by

surgery in most cases.


Our eyes are largely made up of fluid, and when the pressure of that fluid builds up

too much inside the eye, you have glaucoma. Left untreated, it can damage the optic

nerves, and even lead to blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy

Lining the back of our eyes is light-sensitive tissue known as the retina. The retina

contains very small blood vessels that can be damaged by diabetic retinopathy.

Sometimes there are symptoms such as blurred vision, but often you won't even

know anything is wrong until the condition is well advanced. In the worse case, it

leads to blindness.

Early detection is the key to battling all of these conditions, and the best diagnostic

tool available is the dilated eye examination. This is a test in which special eye

drops temporarily enlarge your pupils, allowing the doctor to see the back of your

eyes. This test (which is painless) can detect cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic

retinopathy in their early, treatable stages.

Eyesight is precious, so if you have diabetes do yourself a favor and make an

appointment for your dilated eye examination. And then do it again every year from

now on.


Source by Bob Fleming