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The eyes have it…

In our series on practical guides to common health

conditions, this issue we focus on eye conditions that

you might experience from infections to those that

affect vision - both related and unrelated to diabetes.

By Angela Coffey.

Common eye conditions

Long-sightedness

This is more common in people over

the age of 40, but it can occur at

any age. It can affect you differently;

for example, some people have

trouble focusing on nearby objects

only, while others may be affected

to see clearly at any distance. Some

symptoms include:

nearby objects appear fuzzy and

out of focus, but distant objects

are clear

squinting to see clearly

tired or strained eyes after reading,

writing or using the computer.

nhs.uk/long-sightedness

Short-sightedness

This is much more common and has

the opposite symptoms of longsightedness

- where you can see

nearby objects clearly, but things in

the distance will appear blurred. In

the UK, it affects around one in three

people and can range from mild to

severe. Other symptoms include:

squinting

eye strain

headaches

feeling fatigued when driving or

playing sports.

For either long- or shortsightedness,

you can get a

prescription for glasses or contact

lenses to help you see more clearly.

Laser surgery is also an option.

nhs.uk/short-sightedness

We all need to take care of our eyes and have regular tests

to check our vision. Of course, with diabetes, you'll know

that extra measures are in place to make sure any problems

that might occur are found as soon as possible and

managed accordingly.

First off, when you have diabetes, you need to have regular diabetes eye

screening (see 'Keeping your eyes in check'). Plus, everyone should aim to get

an eye test with an optician every two years. These are free to people with

diabetes and check your overall eye health, as well as check for common vision

problems, such as whether you're long- or short-sighted.

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