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Old 12-27-2018, 22:31   #1
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Question Eye sight slightly worse

I have type 2 diabetes. I've been having more difficulty over the last two months reading close-up things. It's nothing drastic but could this be caused by diabetes? Maybe it's just old age or the fact that I spent too much time staring at a screen. Doing too much computer stuff might have caused blurry eyes that I'd have for a while after each session (lights would have a halo around them). Should I book an eye exam?

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I know that diabetes can damage the eyes making a person blind. My doctor, of course, checks for this every time I have my eyes checked. So far he sees no damage to my eyes from diabetes. I have had my eyes change from time to time where I have to get new glasses, but he had never suggested that these changes were do to diabetes, just the aging process.

That has been my experience over the last 15 years or so and I am now 68.

Bottom line, seeing your eye doctor regularly is critical do to the risk of blindness. Anytime one notices a change in your eyes I think you need to see your doctor, diabetic or not!

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When I got my blood glucose under control, my vision changed significantly for the better, but it meant wearing my old eyeglasses on the edge of my nose until I could get the new prescription. My opthalmologist said that higher BG levels indeed change the shape of the eyeball and, therefore, your vision.

Certainly, any sustained change in your eyes merits an exam. But if you can tie this change to distinctly better BG control, you might want to wait on paying for an exam (if you have to do that in Canada!) until your BG reaches a level you can sustain for some months. I waited 5 months after my eye exam to make sure I wasn't buying an expensive pair of eyeglasses which wouldn't be useful as my BG dropped even lower.

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Of course an eye exam is a good idea to rule out any diabetes-related eye issues. If you're over 50, it's likely that you'll notice vision changes. That's when I needed reading glasses & so did everyone I know, diabetic or not.
My optometrist is very knowledgeable about diabetes & how it can affect vision & the $200.00 I spend is well worth it for peace of mind.

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Of course an eye exam is a good idea to rule out any diabetes-related eye issues. If you're over 50, it's likely that you'll notice vision changes. That's when I needed reading glasses & so did everyone I know, diabetic or not.
My optometrist is very knowledgeable about diabetes & how it can affect vision & the $200.00 I spend is well worth it for peace of mind.
I'm at that point now - 57 and although my vision is still relatively good it's a matter of time before I'm going to need reading glasses and as my ophthalmologist put it - you can blame age and not your diabetes.

Keep in mind he said that after looking at my retinas :-)

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