When can i return to work?
This can vary depending on your work activities, vision and your comfort.some people are able to return to their desk jobs in a few days( usually 3 – 7). On the other hand, some people can be off work for a few weeks.
Will my eye colour change after surgery?
No, your eye colour is because of the structure called the Iris. The surgery only involves replacing the transparent front surface of your eye, the cornea.
What precautions would I require after the surgery?
- Immediately after the surgery, use your eye drops as advised.
- Do not rub or press your eyes.
- Wear polarized sunglasses when outdoors.
- Be regular with your eye checkup.
- Keep a watch for pain, vision change or light sensitivity.
I do not have any symptoms. Do I still need an eye – check?
It is very common for you to have diabetic retinopathy and no symptoms in the initial stages. This is why regular eye examination is very important. Adult-onset( type 2 )diabetes should be evaluated at the time of diagnosis and every year thereafter while juvenile (type 1 diabetes) should be examined 5 years after diagnosis and every year after that.
Is diabetic retinopathy curable?
No there is no cure. Early treatment can definitely slow the progress of your disease and even prevent blindness by 90%, but it is not likely to reverse the loss of vision that has already occurred.
What precautions can I take?
Keep a check on your ABCs: A1C(HbA1Cwhich is a measure of your blood glucose), Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit Smoking
- Take your medicines as prescribed
- Regular eye examination
My child is diabetic. Is she likely to develop Retinopathy?
Children usually do not develop vision-threatening retinopathy until puberty or older. Most people do not develop diabetic retinopathy until they had diabetes for a minimum of 10 years. Also, improper management of diabetes now could predispose her eyes to retinopathy at a later date. Hence, she should have regular eye tests from the age of 12 years.
Do I need an eye check even if my diabetes is so mild as to only need diet control?
Yes, your risk is only slightly decreased if your diabetes is controlled with diet only. Also, you may have had diabetes much earlier than you realized which could raise your risks. Some people go on to develop retinopathy even with control of their sugars.