A review of manifestations of diabetes mellitus in the anterior eye and cornea

Am J Optom Physiol Opt. 1988 Mar;65(3):224-30. doi: 10.1097/00006324-198803000-00013.


Diabetes mellitus can lead to blindness through its effects on the retina and lens, yet diabetes is a systemic disease influencing the entire eye. The current interest in extended wear contact lenses emphasizes the need for the practitioners to have a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology of the anterior eye and cornea of the diabetic. The current literature is reviewed, and its relevance to contact lens wear is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Eye Segment
  • Conjunctiva / blood supply
  • Contact Lenses
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology
  • Corneal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Corneal Diseases / therapy
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Eye Diseases / etiology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / etiology
  • Humans
  • Tears / metabolism