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jojonii
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   Posted 1/19/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if diabetes affect a person to use reading glasses to read. Is it possible? Thank you in advance for any replies.

Warren
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   Posted 1/19/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jojonii,
 
Reading glasses are almost always a sign of Presobia, a condition that causes you to need reading glasses even if you are nearsighted. This is caused by getting older, not diabetes.  Diabetes is responsible for retinopathy which has very different symptoms and is very dangerous.  If you are diabetic you should see your eye doctor once a year PERIOD, no if, ands, or buts!!
 
So to answer your question, its probably not a sign or symptom of something more serious, simply a sign that you are getting older. 
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/19/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, Warren, but actually, high sugars can also cloud and harden the lens making it less responsive to focusing. This was how I was diagnosed with diabetes. I lost my eagle-eyed far vision at around age 43 which made the optometrist suspicious. He sent me to my GP who confirmed the diagnosis. In my case I needed distance glasses but he told me that it could happen both ways. So jojonii, the answer is yes, diabetes can affect your reading vision.
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jojonii
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   Posted 1/19/2007 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I start my work at 1:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and I just got home. Right now it is 10:00 and my glucose reading is at 88. I am going to bed quite happy at this number.

Warren
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   Posted 1/22/2007 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Ok, I will stand corrected in that Diabetes can cause changes in nearsightedness and farsightedness and lead to premature presbyopia (the inability to focus on close objects). However, you usually have to have had severe out of control blood sugar for some time for this to happen and it is usually accompanied by some retinopathy and neuropathy in other parts of your body.  If you are going to bed with 88 as your blood sugar number, and you have the symptoms of presbyopia, I sincerely doubt that it has been caused by diabetes.

scool Warren

jojonii
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   Posted 1/22/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you were right. Right now, I cannot afford to see any doctors yet all due to financial hardship. But I will see doctor to check on my diabetes as soon as I can save enough money to see one. It is true sometime I go to bed my blood sugar roughly around that or close to 100, and the next morning sometime it is below 100 or around 130. I am not on medication. I just watch what I usualy eat everyday.
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