Yes, most of people have a propinquity to do it and I, too, followed the same course, but alas, I was made to pay dearly for my effrontery. My inveterate habit of taking everything casually has brought my life to such a fine pass. Anyhow, it is of no use to crying over split milk but I don’t want that such a harrowing and traumatic thing ever happen to anyone of you. My tale is a horrendous account of my errors. 

I am Rahul, 35 years old, young cheering person like all of you at this age, enjoying family life and aspiring for an exciting career ahead. But everything went to pieces when I was diagnosed with diabetes seven years back. Following the common Indian psyche, I didn’t pay any attention to valuable advice of my ophthalmologist. I was under a mendacious impression that it can at the most affect my kidneys but EYES, Oh My GOD, who can ever imagine that it would seriously damage my vision but my dear friends, it did and did in unrepairable manner. Now I stand before you as a person undone by my own negligence.

My horrendous tale:

I am young cheering male, known diabetic for last 7 years but I really never cared  for it till one very fine morning, I noticed black spots moving in front of my right eye. I did not take serious note of it and thought these will fade away with time but on the contrary these increased over a week’s time. I was time for me to visit an ophthalmologist.

After thorough retinal examination, he diagnosed me with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and advised me retinal lasers. As per the doctor, this may cause blindness if left untreated. 

Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder characterized by sustained hyperglycaemia of variable severity secondary to lack, diminished efficacy or both of endogenous insulin. Diabetes has a predilection to affect all parts of body mainly kidney, heart, eyes, nerves and blood vessels. Most of us though  know adverse effects of diabetes on kidney and heart, but very few ever dream that diabetes can impair eyes leading to  permanent blindness.

Eyes has got two segments: Anterior and Posterior segment.

Diabetes mostly affects retina which is the most sensitive layer of posterior segment of eye. This condition of damage of retina due to diabetes is known as diabetic retinopathy.

The severe symptoms of diabetes only appear after a considerable time, hoodwinking you completely at initial stage. Duration of diabetes is just a matter of imagination but, later on, paralyzing your whole life bit by bit, inch by inch.

There are two stages of diabetic retinopathy:

  1. Non proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR): Intraretinal bleeding along with blockage of vessels is seen but new vessels are not formed.
  2. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR): New vessels formation (neovascularisation) is the hallmark of this stage

To my view, treatment of diabetic retinopathy is both costly and time consuming and most important, prognosis is poor in severe cases. It is open to you whether you would chose to be misfortunate like me or a normal person having

proper vision or vision both to achieve what one aspires.
Best is to change our daily life a bit which may include
  1. Strict control of diabetes : It not only delays the onset of Diabetic Retinopathy but also slows the progression of
    diabetic retinopathy
  2. Control lipid profile and blood pressure
  3. Regular follow up as advised by doctor

My message to you:

As we know that life is a precious gift of God which needs to be nurtured with utmost love and care. In this journey of life, ailments are natural guests of human body which no one can circumvent. Let us be more practical, instead of getting scared or developing fallacious notions, we must consult a doctor, trust him and see what a tremendous effect he can make on your life. Most of the diseases are curable, provided we care for ourselves. Eyes come at top, love them and see how life will love you in return.