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    barb10562 posted:
    Had my dialated diabetic eye exam done and she doctor said I had the very beginning of a cataract. She said that diabetics usually get them earlier than their age. Does anyone else notice this?Just one more thing that we diabetics have to endure I guess.
    arealgijoe responded:
    Sounds right to me...........

    Back in '07 I had surgery on both eyes. I had TWO cataracts in each eye, for a total of FOUR cataracts. One in each eye was specific to diabetes and one normal age related cataract. I never knew before there was more than one TYPE of cataract.

    nwsmom replied to arealgijoe's response:
    Gomer, I've had three cataract surgeries. The third one was to replace the body had reacted to the material used in the lens, and had encapsulated it, causing it to become very cloudy. As far as I know, none of this had any relationship to diabetes.

    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to nwsmom's response:
    Here's a link to an article that explores the connection and special attention that needs to be paid to eye issues.

    Eye Problems and Diabetes

    retiredgramps responded:
    I also just had an eye exam (Feb 25,2011) and the Dr. said I had the beginnings of a cataract. I asked which eye and he
    said--- both. He also said they were probably caused by my diabetes even though I have tight control- A1C's of 5.8 for
    past 18 months!
    Omahagal replied to retiredgramps's response:
    I am a diabetic also. I have had cataract surgery in both eyes. I was concerned also, because it had to do with being able to see. I had nothing to worry about. As skiddish as I was, there was nothing to it. When they do the eye, the doctors will do one at a time. You are awake but cannot feel anything. All there is, is a bounch of rainbow colors. I was sore for about 2 days. Do what the doctors tell you to do and you will be all right.
    Pat5241 responded:
    A few years ago I had an eye doctor tell me that he saw cataracts coming in the back of my eyes. That made me a nervous wreck. Two weeks ago I saw a different eye doctor who told me that there are no cataracts and my eyes are as healthy as a 10-year old. He also told me that my new prescription is not as strong as my old one. My advice would just eat well, take the required meds,get some exercise and a good night's sleep. If you need to and are able take a nap during the day. Remember one of the biggest problems for a diabetic is stress, so take it easy and walk away from nonsense if you are able.
    DavidHueben replied to Pat5241's response:

    I hope this is helpful. Cataracts do not occur in the back part of the eye. Actually, it is a clouding of the lens which is in the anterior part of the eye (right behind the cornea). Often, it is due to age. But, other factors can lead to cataract formation.

    You need to see an ophthalmologist at least once per year for a dilated exam. Cataracts can develop very quickly and can be easily surgically repaired. It involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant.

    "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Winston S. Churchill
    arealgijoe replied to Omahagal's response:
    I had both eyes done in '07 (4 cataracts total) and NO PAIN, not even any discomfort at all. I had mine done by a great specialist doc who did stichless surgery.

    The first eye went great, then it took two tries before the second one was actually done. My EKG was a bit off, questionable, then there was a marginal eye issue in that eye, so the surgery got delayed a couple weeks. Then all went fine, no problems. Colors were so much better afterwards as well. Not sure if it made a difference, but I was put under both times, so I knew nothing till I awakened.


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