Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Los Angeles, California, USA:

I first developed symptoms of diabetes about 3 months ago, and was diagnosed 4 weeks ago. I'm 44. My endocrinologist says he is happy with the way my blood sugars are coming down. The problem is blurriness of vision. (I had a complete ophthamological exam in September; the doctor said my eyes were "perfect.") People tell me this is just a temporary condition but how temporary will it be? I'm going crazy not being able to see. (I needed to use a magnifying glass to compose this message.) Help!


When high blood sugars are brought down to normal (or nearly normal levels), it's very common to have some temporary worsening of vision. And sometimes it's almost disabling. This problem is entirely different from diabetic retinopathy, which is a result of many years of elevated blood sugar levels.

Yes, it will be temporary. But how temporary? Probably a lot longer than you would want! I'd tell my patients to expect the blurriness to last a few weeks to a few months. During the adjustment period, it's really not worth buying expensive new glasses, as your refraction will change and probably return to "normal" later.

P.S.: Despite (or because of) having to use a magnifying glass, your typing was perfect.


Original posting 28 Nov 1998
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms and Complications


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:02
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.