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Old 10-15-2014, 17:12   #1
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I have had type 1 diabetes for 43 years. About 20 years ago I developed diabetic retinopathy. I managed to keep it at bay by keeping my blood pressure under control. I feel very fortunate that the condition took several years to develop and has not been a huge issue despite the fact that my blood sugars have not been well-controlled over the years. About four months ago, I noticed my left eye vision went to almost zero overnight. This turned out to be a broken blood vessel in the back of my eye (in the vitreous humor). Because it was behind my eyeball, it was not evident that there was a problem except that I could not see out of that eye. I see an opthalmologist who is overseeing my condition. It takes time for the blood to clear and is an annoyance more than anything else. There is no pain. The doctor has injected (yes, with a needle) medication into my eye to help dissipate the blood. My eye was beginning to clear, but now, I think another blood vessel has broken because I'm back to zero vision again and will likely need another injection. The only positive thing about this is that it is the same eye so I can still drive with my good eye. For those of you who have never had an injection in their eye - it does not hurt. You just feel a little of pressure - that's all. I was worried about pain when I had it done but was relieved that there was none. So, if you ever find yourself in this position, don't sweat it.

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I've had some hemorrhages in my retina before and had laser treatments. The only thing now that's helping is to control my blood sugars below 120 or so, by eating low carb and high fat. I am also a Type 1 diabetic for the last 40 years.

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I think that controlling blood sugar is as important as controlling blood pressure as far as damage to your eyes goes. Hopefully you can get better BG control!

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I think that controlling blood sugar is as important as controlling blood pressure as far as damage to your eyes goes. Hopefully you can get better BG control!
I just came back from the retina specialist and he said no evidence of retinopathy or macular oeadma. I wouldn't call my blood sugars controlled, but I'm glad my severe retinopathy has disappeared with an a1c of 9.5 and then 7.6. I don't see him for another six months.
I commend those who has a1c of 5. I just looked at my graphs and my blood sugar sucks.

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I have had type 1 diabetes for 43 years. About 20 years ago I developed diabetic retinopathy. I managed to keep it at bay by keeping my blood pressure under control. I feel very fortunate that the condition took several years to develop and has not been a huge issue despite the fact that my blood sugars have not been well-controlled over the years. About four months ago, I noticed my left eye vision went to almost zero overnight. This turned out to be a broken blood vessel in the back of my eye (in the vitreous humor). Because it was behind my eyeball, it was not evident that there was a problem except that I could not see out of that eye. I see an opthalmologist who is overseeing my condition. It takes time for the blood to clear and is an annoyance more than anything else. There is no pain. The doctor has injected (yes, with a needle) medication into my eye to help dissipate the blood. My eye was beginning to clear, but now, I think another blood vessel has broken because I'm back to zero vision again and will likely need another injection. The only positive thing about this is that it is the same eye so I can still drive with my good eye. For those of you who have never had an injection in their eye - it does not hurt. You just feel a little of pressure - that's all. I was worried about pain when I had it done but was relieved that there was none. So, if you ever find yourself in this position, don't sweat it.
If you haven't called your doctor, do it now. Your opthalmologist needs to see you quickly. This may be a different type of problem and quick laser surgery might help.

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