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Old 04-13-2011, 21:49   #1
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...and he informed me that I have mild retinopathy in my left eye. We are going to stay vigilant and move my next appointment up to the six month mark instead of waiting a full year. He said if it stays the same, we will have appointments every 6 months. If it grows, he will recommend a retinal surgeon for surgery.
I'm really surprised this happened so quickly as I thought it generally took a while for complications like this to happen. Also, I have pretty good control of my BG (not meaning to brag). I thought that was usually a good step in stalling these things. Oh well, now that I have the news at least we can move on and figure out where to go from here.

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...and he informed me that I have mild retinopathy in my left eye. We are going to stay vigilant and move my next appointment up to the six month mark instead of waiting a full year. He said if it stays the same, we will have appointments every 6 months. If it grows, he will recommend a retinal surgeon for surgery.
I'm really surprised this happened so quickly as I thought it generally took a while for complications like this to happen. Also, I have pretty good control of my BG (not meaning to brag). I thought that was usually a good step in stalling these things. Oh well, now that I have the news at least we can move on and figure out where to go from here.
Oh gosh, I know its scary when you start having issues with your eyes. The good thing is that it is caught early and you can stay on top of it before at gets worse! You do have excellent control of your blood sugar and that is going to help. *hug*

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Wouldn't hurt to be seeing a retinologist too, Josh . . . is your doc an ophthalmologist or an optometrist?




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Hey Shanny,
He is an optometrist. I was wondering, do you think waiting for the 6 month appointment to see another eye doctor is a bad thing to do? I honestly haven't done much research about this condition yet because I didn't think it would effect me this early.

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Well . . . I wish he were an ophthalmologist - those guys are trained as MDs before they specialize in opthalmology which focuses on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

Optometry is more about vision, refraction/etc., although they can no doubt spot trouble in some cases, as yours has. He's ready to jump straight to a retinal surgeon, but I would hope there's something in between. Retinal surgery is NOT a walk in the park! An ophthalmologist or a retinologist might have broader experience & a few more tricks up the sleeve before cutting.




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I agree on seeing a retinologist or opthamologist. It's a good idea, not only for us diabetics, but for eye health in general for non-diab

I have macular degeneration and was just at my retinologist today. Last saw him June 2010 and it was because he did not detect the diabetes that my endocrinologist thinks I haven't had it very long in spite of my high numbers. Fortunately, he saw no evidence today either, thankfully - macular degeneration is quite enough ...

I've never gone to an optometrist for glasses, always to an opthamologist, but then I didn't need glasses until my 40's. He's the one who 5 years ago spotted some drusen (very early macular) which an optometrist never would have seen.

Personally I would see a retinologist now, just because I would want a physican involved and I'm pretty freaky about my eyes. I've run to mine a couple more times than I needed to, but it was worth the reassurance. Insurance should cover it. Certainly I wouldn't see an optometrist on this again and am a little surprised he didn't suggest a retinologist for the future.

EDIT: I'm all wet. Google should've been my friend before thinking I knew jack about optometrists. I learned in the last 20 years (I'm such an old cuss) they are much more medically oriented and do dx eye diseases, etc.

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...and he informed me that I have mild retinopathy in my left eye. We are going to stay vigilant and move my next appointment up to the six month mark instead of waiting a full year. He said if it stays the same, we will have appointments every 6 months. If it grows, he will recommend a retinal surgeon for surgery.
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Josh, I am 51 and last spring I had cataract surgery in both eyes. I thought I was a little young for cataracts. I think everyone with diabetes needs to spend time with their eye doctor. Good luck with your eyes.

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I would be seeing a opthamologist too in that situation. I see one myself every 2 years for a check up. I also see an optometrist every 2 years too as I wear reading glasses. The interesting thing is I had one opthamologist tell me once that the back of my eyes needed monitoring... optic disc drusen. Although opthamologist checking me after that disagreed and they've continued to check me and they say I don't show any signs of diabetes affecting my eyes. My grandmother had optic disc drusen though and the guy that told me that I had this mentioned it was genetic. My grandmother was fine with her eyes when she was with us. My other grandmother went blind and I was told she did have diabetes (but I didn't really get to know her). Staying positive is all we can do.

 
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Thank you all for your replies. I am looking into visiting an opthamologist. I really want to stay on top of this thing!

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Good luck Josh. My daughter has eye issues and as a result our family only sees an opthamologist. Glad you are catching this early

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