Diabetes and eyes – Diagnosis of diabetic cataracts

Diagnosis of diabetic cataracts

Diabetic cataracts are quite common among people over the age of 50 years. It is a common diabetes complication that is often neglected until vision changes are significant.

Diabetes and eyes – Diagnosis of diabetic cataract

Though the presence of cataract is visible with the presence of a cloudy layer in the location of the cataract, certain diagnostic tests are performed in order to prepare the patient for a cataract surgery.

As soon as a person exhibits symptoms of diabetic cataract including glare in front of bright lights, hazy vision, and halos, tests for the presence of cataracts are done.

After a complete physical examination, evaluation of past medical history, the patient is asked to undergo:

  • Visual acuity test
  • Retinal tests
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Glare testing
  • Pupil dilation test

Once these tests are done, the extent of the cataract is determined and the patient is prepared for a cataract surgery.