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Old 01-06-2015, 01:36   #1
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If high blood sugar causes the lens in our eyes to swell, thus causing our vision to go wonky, what would happen in a patient (like me) who's had cataract surgery & whose natural lens has been replaced with a silicon or acrylic intraocular lens?




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Can't answer your question Shanny but out of curiosity, I did some googleing - From my uneducated understanding - T2s with good control seems to have good outcomes and poor BS control having poorer outcomes which would be expected. Bottom line from my reading is that it's manageable with good care. Interesting question as many of us will be in that boat in the not too distant future.

A couple of links I found might help:

EyeWorld Article

An abstract from PubMed
In the authors' opinion, the prognosis following cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation in diabetic patients is good
Healio Article

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If high blood sugar causes the lens in our eyes to swell, thus causing our vision to go wonky, what would happen in a patient (like me) who's had cataract surgery & whose natural lens has been replaced with a silicon or acrylic intraocular lens?
It's my understanding that BG effects the inter ocular fluid, not the lens. By messing with the fluid it changes the focal point of incoming light.

So to answer your question, my thinking is high BG would effect regardless of lens material

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The outcome for me has been wonderful . . . I had developed cataracts long before my D diagnosis, but I was uninsured and couldn't afford the procedures. The instant I qualified for Medicare five years ago, I was knocking the door down to get in. I'd have had them do both eyes at once, if Medicare would've allowed it. And the IOLs were a godsend, since I'd worn horrible thick heavy glasses since the age of six, and now I need none of that except lightweight readers for close work - no corrections required even for computer work.




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I pray I don't get cataracts. I'm so squeamish about my eyes they'd have to shoot me dead before eye surgery.

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My sister was the same way, but she survived and you will too. Had hers done about a year after I did. You'll be a rare bird if you don't get 'em, because 90% of people over 65 get 'em.




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Color me "rare". 68 and no cataracts. PTL

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Rare indeed! You deserve a break on something with all the other stuff on your plate! (or rather NOT on your plate! )




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I had cataract surgery in 2007 when I was 65 and I have to say it was a breeze. When I had the first eye done I was prepared for the worst, I was also very squeamish about have my eye touched. I didn't feel a thing and was allowed to leave after about 4 hours after the surgery. Some people had an eye patch after the surgery, I'm not sure why, but on me they put a clear plastic guard over the eye to keep me from accidently poking my eye but I was able to take it off the next day. I noticed the difference immediately while being driven home. A whole new world opened up. The colors were amazing, I had not realized how bad it had become . The only problem I had was now I had a problem resolving the two images coming from each eye and had double vision. Once I had the other eye done it was back to normal. Now I have perfect 20/20 vision in both eyes except for reading and using the computer so I have glasses for that but for driving or anything else no glasses. I understand anyone being worried about the surgery, after all it's your eye, but I would say that based on my experience, don't let that stop you.

I have my eyes checked every year and for the last 7 years my prescription has not change at all. The same reading glasses I got 7 years ago are still good now.

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Exactly! My experience to a T!

I had a rigid patch/guard over my eye to wear during the night, and I had to use a coupla kinds of eye drops for about four days, but from then on it was easy street, and heavenly to be able to ditch the glasses!




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