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Old 01-05-2014, 21:28   #11
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Well it was my diabetic nurses and doctors who said it, plus the person doing my eye test...
Surely they all can't be wrong?
And I'm sure I've also read about it too..


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Well it was my diabetic nurses and doctors who said it, plus the person doing my eye test...
Surely they all can't be wrong?
And I'm sure I've also read about it too..
When I was first diagnosed, I went on Metformin and started changing my eating habits. My BS plummeted from 400-120 or so. Within 2 weeks I was almost blind and terrified! I called my doctor who said it was from the diabetes and sent me right to an eye doctor, a very popular MD in my area. I went to the eye doctor, was tested and fitted for $700 glasses. At this point I needed #3 reading glasses to read anything. Less than 1 week later, I needed #5 reading glasses (available only on the Internet!)When I called the doctor, they tried to force me to buy the now useless glasses! I turned to the web and found this site, where it was quickly pointed out to me that my vision was going to change many times before it settled . So, don't take the first. opinion you get-I think it was crazy that an ophthalmologist was not aware of the changing vision thing!!

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It's shocking that an opthamologist wouldn't know this! And you'd think s/he'd be too embarrassed not to have known that they wouldn't consider asking you to pay for the glasses.

Wow.

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Natalie? You need to understand that it is your high blood sugar that causes the retinopathy and other vision issues. You need to bring it down as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage. If your livelihood depends on your vision, then don't let these ignorant medics put your vision in jeopardy.

Most of us have had run-ins with professionals who don't know sic 'em about diabetes control, so we are cynical about such responses when we see numbers as high as yours. And your numbers are high. Yes, it's lower than they were, but you need to bring it down still more. Under 6% would be good.




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Yes I know it's the high levels that have caused all this. I know it's my own fault.
But I'm just saying what I've been told by a few people/doctors. That my vision will get worse before it gets better because my levels dropped so quick.
The 7.5% was taken last year so I have no idea what it is now. I was told 7% was normal for me and not to go too low.
And I think bringing it down from 13.1% to 7.6% is an amazing achievement for me and I am proud of myself.
And yes, I know. I've already caused all the damage to my body by not controlling my levels for so long. But I am trying to sort it out now..
I have other issues and it's been hard..


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Sounds like folks are confusing two different issues here. It is well documented that retinopathy can get worse temporarily when you lower you A1c. But it's still the right thing to do because with proper treatment and monitoring you can get through. Lowering you blood sugar does help your overall vision. So you may experience more floaters and spots but they will get better. Your vision (other than the retinopathy) will also improve.

I was treated over 10 years ago and it's still fine.

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So I had my eye hospital appointment today.. Was there for 2.5hrs...

But.. GOOD NEWS!!

He said my eyes are fine.. And I was discharged.
He said that improving levels fast does temporarily affect the Retinopathy but it gets better, esp if keep BG levels down (plus Bp & cholesterol levels).
I only need to do a visual field test because I mentioned that I can't see in low light sometimes..

But apart from that.. He said I'm doing great and to keep it up!!

I'm so Happy 😁

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Hopefully you won't have any more issues with your eyes and vision. I have been T1 for almost 30 years. For the last year, I have been getting monthly eye injections for macular edema and mild retinopathy. Last appointment this month, my Retina Specialist said everything looks stable so I have to go back in March to make sure it's staying that way. He has said no more injections for now (hopefully no more period).

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