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Question:
Our son (age 11), diabetic since he was 5 years old, got eyes problems when he was 8 years old: He lost his accommodation ability, and (as the doctor said...) he was at "the age of a 60 year old man...concerning his eyes." (You know, when we are getting old we lose the abillity to focus near/far.)

Several doctors were checking, but they could not find any damage in the nerves etc., it just happened over some months. They said it could have something to do with the diabetes, but I have never heard of anyone else having this kind of eye problem at that age. He is looking good with bifocal glasses.

Do you know where I can find more information about such problems?

Answer:
Diabetes can cause several types of problems in the eyes, including blurry vision when the blood sugar is very high, and a high risk of blindness after many years of diabetes (see the discussions on retinopathy).

But your son's problem was new to us. So we did what every good doctor and patient should do when confronted with an enigma: we asked for advice from experts in the area of concern. When we asked our ophthalmologists, the answer was:

"The first thing that comes to mind is accomodative insufficiency or convergence insufficiency. Bifocals can help this. If the child was way out of control with blood sugars, certainly this could play a part."
You probably can make as much sense out of that first sentence as we can: these are technical terms that the eye docs use, and for you and us, it's a matter of asking several specialists, and sharing each of their reports with the others, and seeing if they all agree on the same diagnosis, or can give logical reasons for their differences of opinion.

We're glad to see that you and your son are getting advice from several specialists already; ask the friendliest of the bunch about where to learn more about his problem.

Original posting 4 Jan 96

  
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