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Treatment of DMR

The Eye in Diabetes 

The full medical name is Diabetes Mellitus (DM). 

It is mainly of two types :-

Type 1 -Occurs before 30 years. Involves Deficiency of Insulin.
Type 2 -Occurs in middle/elderly age. More common. Involves Resistance to Insulin Action.

A Diabetic is more prone to get any kind of infection more easily than a normal person. Also the infection takes longer to clear up.

People in their 50s getting recurrent Stye should get their blood sugar checked for Diabetes.

The risk of blindness in Diabetics is 25 times greater than the normal person.

Frequent  fluctuations in blood sugars leads to earlier development of Cataract.

Diabetics are more likely to develop inflammation of the eye after any surgery, esp. Cataract Surgery.

Diabetics develop changes in the retina, called Diabetic Retinopathy (DMR).

Optic Neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve can occur.

The elderly Diabetics may get up in the morning and on looking in the mirror may see a 'crooked face' or inability to close one eye. This is due to a Nerve Palsy. Due  to paralysis of one or more nerves, the muscles get affected, leading to disability. Consult the doctor, don't worry, most recover with time.

What can I do to prevent these changes in my eye?

Regular eye exams as advised by the AAO are the only way for early detection.

  First eye exam Follow-up
Type 1

(juvenile type)

5years after diagnosis annual
Type 2

(adult onset type)

within months annual


Did you know?

Diabetes was known to man in ancient times, thousands of years ago! It was the disease of "Sweet urine". The disease was detected easily because ants were attracted to the urine for the sugar!



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