Dry eyes are a common problem
Dry Eye Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by eye doctors. If you have diabetes, you are have a significantly increased risk to suffer from this disorder. In fact, there is a study that shows that those of us with diabetes have a 50% chance of suffering from dry eye problems.
Symptoms of Drye Eye Syndrom include a scratchy sensation like fine grains of sand are in the eyes, burning, itching, blurred and fluctuating vision, light sensitivity, redness and, paradoxically, increased watering of the eyes. Dry eye is almost always a condition affecting both eyes.
Several kinds of bacterial infections occur in people with diabetes. One of the most common ones are styes. These are infections of the glands of the eyelid. Styes can be caused by poor hygiene, poor nutrition, a lack of sleep, or too often rubbing the eyes. This last cause is often combined with a poor hygiene.
Preventive eye care
To prevent Dry Eye Syndrome and other bacterial infections of the eyes, it is important to maintain a good general hygiene. Keep your hands clean at all times and do not touch your eyes if you are not sure whether they are clean or not.