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For 2 months the vision in my husband's right eye has gone from hazy to clear and back again. By "hazy" he means he doesn't see any form at all in that part of his eye (about 80%). The blurriness moves around the eye. Our HMO ophthalmology found nothing and said he just needed glasses. Our HMO personal physician won't see him saying it's an ophthalmology problem. His eye was clear when our private optometrist tested him and said he had only minor change in his glasses. After which the haziness cleared for nearly a week and he could see perfectly again (20/10). Then the haziness returned covering more area than before. It's similar to the illustration of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy at this website, only his blank area is far larger.

He already has glasses so he doesn't need any, but he might need to see the HMO optometrist anyway until someone listens. I doubt they can fit him for glasses when the vision isn't consistent in that eye.

What else could cause this be and where can we get help? He's 64 and has type II diabetes. I don't want the HMO to overlook a serious problem that could be treated. He's positive it's not a matter of needing stronger glasses.


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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

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I understand your concern. 

The haziness as you have mentioned in history can be due to Diabetic Retinopathy, as you rightly pointed out or can also be due to cataract which invariably affects most human beings beyond 60 years. But since in hsitory you mentioned that he's diabetic for last 8 years, a possibility of diabetic retinopathy can't be ruled out. There can be other causes also like ARMD ( Age related macular degeration ). So i will advise you to get a second ophthalmologist opinion, who can dilate your fundus, examine the retina properly and run a test OCT( to rule out other complications of diabetes ). Have you noticed his eyes turning red, or is there any itching recently? 

Diabetes also leads on to one more complication called macualr edema, which also leads to some loss of sight and can be really quick at times. So he does need a comprehensive eye examination. Kindly get it done as soon as possible. 

If possible put up the reports once they are ready. 

Do get back to us for additional queries.


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