I have diabetic retinopathy and ocular hypertension

My eyes were healthy when I started treating diabetes

It was about 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.I had diabetic ketoacidosis and I was hospitalized urgently.
The ophthalmologist examined my retina on the fourth day after hospitalization and said to me”There is nothing wrong with your retina, the next exam is one year later.”

I beamed! Even though my HbA1c value was 15.0, I am not diabetic retinopathy. While I was in the hospital I was a good patient.

The hospital’s meal was low calorie diet. I didn’t eat anything except hospital food. And I self-injected insulin four times a day as instructed by my doctor.

 

 

After hospitalization for 16 days, I was discharged from the hospital. I consulted with my doctor and started a low carbohydrate diet.

Apidra(insulin glulisine) became unnecessary, but Lantus(Insulin Glargine) was absolutely necessary for me at that time…

An abnormality occurred in my eyes when some monthes after I started treating diabetes.

 

Nyago
Does abnormality occur in the eyes of diabetic patients?

Yosshie
Many people with diabetes become diabetic retinopathy…

 

I developed diabetic retinopathy

One day,I noticed that several points of sight of the left eye are missing. But that symptom disappeared after a few days.

I was worried that something serious problem had occurred in my eyes and visited an ophthalmology clinic in my neighborhood and underwent fundus examination.

The ophthalmologist told me that “You had small scale fundus bleeding.” and “You have macular edema due to diabetic retinopathy and ocular hypertension.”

The world seen with my left eye was a little distorted because of macular edema and there was nothing I could do about that.

 



 

Oh my God! I despaired. I had been injecting.. Lantus and drinking Glactiv(Sitagliptin)!

After that, Dr.Tetsuo Muneta(famous gynecologist in Japan) advised me that I should not use Lantus and Glactiv because they cause bleeding of the fundus oculi.

At that time I was injecting only 2 units of Lantus every night. I decided to stop the injection and to stop taking Glactiv.

I started to use Latanoprost to lower intraocular pressure. My blood sugar level rarely rose even after stopping Lantus and Glactiv.

 

Eyes are very important

Three and a half have passed.  My macular edema cured naturally without injection, laser treatment, surgery!

There are others who have naturally cured macular edema by continuing a low carbohydrate diet for a long time.

But I must use Latanoprost yet. I want to be free from it some day…I have neither presbyopia nor cataracts yet.

 

 

I am taking some supplements(vitamin C,vitamin A,vitamin E,and so on) that are said to be good for my eyes.

The fact that some insulin injections and oral hypoglycemic drugs cause fundus bleeding is horrible.

By using a low carbohydrate diet, it is possible to save these amounts to the minimum.

 

Nyago
It is wonderful to see!

Yosshie
Your eyes are kept healthy by controlling blood glucose level well!