Medical Q&As

Elderly diabetic - now has glaucoma?

Could you please provide me with some information suitable for a 74-year-old male who has been diagnosed approximately 8 years ago with “type 2 diabetes”? He has now developed glaucoma in both eyes, and does not understand the relevance of adhering to a sugar free diet.

Type 2 diabetes is also known as NIDDM (non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus). People with type 2 diabetes do not need to use insulin injections and their condition can usually be managed adequately through diet alone or through a combination of diet and drugs. The gentleman you refer to has recently been diagnosed with glaucoma, which means that he now has a second threat to his eyesight because type 2 diabetes can adversely affect the eyes if the special diet is not adhered to. It might help the man if he had more information about his condition and you could access such information for him in our special feature on diabetes, which can be accessed at: http://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=238. The Diabetes Federation of Ireland is another useful source of information and they have a wide range of information available on their website, which can be accessed through the following link: http://www.diabetesireland.ie/view.asp?ID=210.