From Butler, Pennsylvania, USA:
My 18-year-old son, diabetic since age six, just had his first episode of DKA two weeks ago. Now, two weeks later, over the span of a few days, his distance vision has blurred considerably. He had a dilated eye exam yesterday with no changes since his last visit in July, but his vision, which was corrected to 20/20 then, is considerably worse. He will need new glasses. Is this a result of the DKA and could it possibly correct itself? He had no vision problems during the DKA episode.
DKA, and the hyperglycemia associated with it, causes the eye's internal lens to swell with fluid, changing its optical power and dramatically affecting one's eyeglass or contact lens prescription. If the lens swells sufficiently, opacities may develop (cataract) that cause a permanent prescription change and, possibly, vision that is not correctable to 20/20 ("normal") levels. Otherwise, the prescription likely will return to the pre-DKA state after several weeks of improved metabolic control.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:16
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.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.