Blurred Vision – One of the First Signs of Diabetes

Blurred Vision – One of the First Signs of Diabetes

This is an era of speed. Everything in today’s era is fast. We want quick results, quick searches on internet and fast-food. As diabetes is reaching to the proportions of epidemic, a large number of people are losing complete or a part of their sight.

Would these diabetics be able to live in such a fast paced society with the partial vision? How would they survive in such society if their vision keeps on decreasing?

Diabetes is the number one culprit of blurred vision. American Academy of Ophthalmology advocates that diabetics have 25 folds greater risk of losing complete or a part of their site or experiencing blurred vision without the presence of any other disease. Don’t you think this 25 percent increased chance is a scary figure?

You must have already heard that blurred vision is one of the early signs of diabetes. But the figure released by American Academy of Ophthalmology is even more alarming.

In the early stages of diabetes the blurred vision comes and goes. This is the early signs of diabetes. It happens as the blood sugar levels becomes better or get worse. With the passage of time the constant increased blood sugar level starts to damage the vessels of the blood at the back of the eye retina. The longer a person has a diabetic life the more he is at the increased risk of suffering from partial loss of vision. This loss of vision because of diabetes is termed “Diabetic Neuropathy”. The diabetics who have a poor control on the level of the blood sugar generally develop eyesight deterioration within 15 years. You must not think at this stage that 15 years is a longtime as you must never play with your eyesight.

There are two types of eyesight damages because of diabetes

Non Proliferative


The later one is more severe but rare. The former one is generally known diabetic retinopathy. Retinopathy is the result of damages to the tiny blood vessels, which break because of increase in blood sugar level and rupture.

Generally no action is required except for the better blood sugar control

Proliferative retinopathy is a rare and a serious case. It is an uncommon growth of tiny blood vessels in the inner side f retina. The bleeding of these blood vessels, result in blindness or partial vision loss. Early detection of the problem is the key to better treatment. Laser surgery at the right time can help to put a stop at the leaking of these vessels. However the part of the vision that has been lost can never be reversed.