Met with my Ophthalmologist today for my yearly eye exam. Good news there. I no longer have to use eye drops for glaucoma because all tests show no need to. WOOT! Another reason to work hard at reversing diabetes.
There’s hope out there if you work at it. Diabetes is a sneaky thief. For many people because they don’t feel the symptoms they don’t want to believe their doctor. Even Dr. Kiernan said that today. So many disregard the advise of the doctors.
IT’S A GREAT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s how Diabetes affects your eyesight. This is from the Glaucoma Research Foundation:
Diabetes and Glaucoma
The relationship between diabetes and open-angle glaucoma (the most common type of glaucoma), has intrigued researchers for years. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma as are non-diabetics, although some current research is beginning to call this into question. Similarly, the likelihood of someone with open-angle glaucoma developing diabetes is higher than that of a person without the eye disease.
Neovascular glaucoma, a rare type of glaucoma, is always associated with other abnormalities, diabetes being the most common. In some cases of diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels on the retina are damaged. The retina manufactures new, abnormal blood vessels.
Neovascular glaucoma can occur if these new blood vessels grow on the iris (the colored part of the eye), closing off the fluid flow in the eye and raising the eye pressure. Neovascular glaucoma is a difficult disease to treat. One option is laser surgery to reduce abnormal blood vessels on the iris and on the retinal surface. Recent studies have also shown some success with the use of drainage implants.
Protect Your Eyes
Since eye complications are common with diabetes, it is very important that people with diabetes get their eyes examined on a regular basis. The National Eye Institute recommends that people with diabetes get a dilated eye exam at least once a year.