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Old 01-04-2014, 23:10   #1
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Has anyone else been told they have it?
I was told in August that changes were seen & I've been referred to the eye hospital.
My appt is 20th Jan.. Bit nervous as I know something's not right with my vision 😔

I think it got worse because I'd managed to get my HbA1c from 13% to 7.5% in 2-3months

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Correction
On 9th sept my HbA1c was 13.1% and by 15th Nov it was 7.7%. Haven't had it checked recently

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I had retinopathy about 25 years ago. I had laser surgery in both eyes. Since then I have maintained very tight control of my diabetes and have had no further issues with my eyes. My a1c's for the past 20+ years have not been over a 5.7 and for the past 2 years have been below a 5. If you maintain tight control, you can stop the progression of the retinopathy.

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Natalie,
High blood sugar does many nasty things to us and changes, even for the better will cause issues with vision as your prescription changes. But as you get better control, the issues will tend to clear up. As arenda says, with good control it is possible to stop the progression.

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Yeh. It's because I got my levels down too quick that it got worse. So will see what they say.

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Hey Natalie,

Welcome to the forums

I'm actually in the same position..My Hba1c was last about 8.4% (no doubt a bit lower than it should be from all the lows I've had). September 2013 a letter was sent saying that I have possible maculopathy and need to be screened again. I also have mild retinopathy.

Even though my bsls still have much improving to do...The first weeks of eating lower carb (under 100g a day) I found my vision was getting cloudy in one eye all of a sudden. Scared, I turned to the forum to ask, and yeah..At the moment I can say I don't seem to notice it now (this happened about a month ago). So hopefully it will disappear after a while. Best of luck in your results...I have to go back as well, and am quite nervous about the results, so I understand what you are probably going through. Try not to let it get you down and ruin your control though- at least that is the promise I've made to myself. As Dr B and many of the forum can attest to- complications can potentially reverse with tight control.


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Yeh. It's because I got my levels down too quick that it got worse. So will see what they say.
I think you may be right AND wrong. It's not that you brought them down too fast, it's that you brought them down at all. Now the syrup you had in your eyes is clearing up and your eyes are adjusting.

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I was told that bringing the levels down too quick could make eyes worse before they got better.

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I was told that bringing the levels down too quick could make eyes worse before they got better.
I don't think whoever said that was totally correct. The visible symptoms, blurry vision and the like, may appear to be worse but this is due to the eyes having adapted to higher levels. Think of trying to look thru a jar of water compare to a jar of water and syrup. The syrup requires a different focal point for the eye so while there's still syrup in the eye things appear worse. I know that's a very simplistic reasoning and probably not entirely accurate, but it seems to fit what I went thru two years ago. And trust me when I say this...I was much worse off than you

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I've always been nearsighted, and although my eyesight got blurry for a week or so after diagnosis, on my next eye exam with normal A1C, my eyesight had actually improved! Bringing your blood sugar lower fast shouldn't hurt anything.

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