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© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and


We all have fears, especially ones about our health. Will I let my loved ones down because I failed to take good enough care ofmy self.

Failure. Fear.

Will I be able to care for my loved ones, will I need a transplant, will I lose a limb?

Will I go blind?

Of all the complications, vision problems are my biggest fear. I’m very protective of these baby blues, I can’t even tolerate someone trying to look under my eyelid.

So, of course, which complication would I get first? A kidney, a foot? No.

My eyes.


Usually thinking of retinopathy or glaucoma when I consider diabetic eye problems, I had always been fortunate in those regards. Any retinopathy healed itself in a few weeks, allowing myself to have a sigh of relief after each appointment. And the pressure in my eyes was always ok.

But there is another common eye condition that can catch up to us, one that commonly affects both diabetics and non-diabetics. One that often arrives at a much earlier age in a diabetic than a non-diabetic.


They caught up to me.


Left eye lens replacement.


Right eye lens replacement.


I tell myself it’s ok to be afraid. It’s not rational to want someone to cut open your eye and it’s ok be anxious about it.

I just hope that I remember that tomorrow morning.

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • Hi Scott,

    I feel for you man. Like you my greatest fear with T1 was about my eyesight. My first cataract surgery was 2008. I thought this was all in the past. But … my most recent eye exam revealed the development of a cataract in the left eye.

    Chin up. I’m sure everything will be fine and you’ll be back to enjoying life and your eyesight.

    • Thanks Khürt, I appreciate it… I know it’s all going to be ok, but until that ok actually happens…

  • Sara

    I feel you, bro! I don’t wear contact just because I can’t handle even my own finger that close to my eye. It really will be okay though!

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