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Old 01-02-2018, 02:08   #1
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Hi Iam new to the site but not to diabetes so Iam feeling my way through the site Iam sharon I had diabetes since I was in my 20s Iam now 46 Iam married and as my DR says my husband is my gardian angel when it come to diabetes not religion I have 3 cats name chloe tiger and baby Iam a type 2 diabetic Iam on insulin on lantis and humalog and the diabetes is afecting my eye site last summer I almost whent blind Iam a musician I sing in a professional choir and I cant read my music and I had to stop playing flute I use to teach flute when I had my eyesite since last summer my eye site improved a bit not much I still cant read my choir music so I memorise the songs and I can read up close now but last summer I could not read at all I have high numbers 300s to off the meter when I last cheked tonight my numbers were 341 I took my insulin and after I write this Iam going to bed hope to learn alot on this site look forward to meeting you all

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Hi Sharon, welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about all your vision problems. Not assuming yours is directly related to high BG, but I will say that having high numbers can cause them.

What has your doctor said about how high blood glucose is related to foods we eat? Have you modified your diet any in terms of the things you eat that are most responsible for high glucose, carbohydrates?

If your problems are related to high blood glucose, getting those numbers down into the normal range may let some healing begin and allow restoration of your vision, allowing you to become more active in your musical passions.

I think you will find a lot of information to be had and lots of support and encouragement to succeed here on the forum.

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Welcome! You've found a great source of support. I hope you hang around and keep posting.

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Welcome, sharon!

We don't know exactly why some people get diabetes and some don't. But we do understand there are links between food and exercise and stress and illness and our blood glucose levels. There's lots of information about that here; you can start with the links in the pinned post at the top of this forum.

Sounds to me like you also may want to check in with your primary care physician to make sure your lifestyle and your meds are keeping your blood glucose levels where they should be and that your vision problems are not something else you need to address. Good luck!

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yeah last summer I did all that and one of the drs she sent me too said to keep my sugars numbers level and my vision will get a bit better and it worked only now I still cant read my music but alest now without glasses I an read close up and with glasses I can see far away but last summer I could not see anything at all either way and in choir it is a rule that you have to sing with your folder down away from you face I cant see that so I memorised everything at 1st when learning I take my glasses off and can read the music up close but I cant see my director the eye dr I whent to origialy siad thairs nothing she can do and she was a specialist

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sharon, how recently did you get new eyeglasses?

I noticed when I got my blood glucose under control, my vision did change -- enough that I have issues reading at close distances with my current glasses. So I went to my eye doctor and got re-tested. Now I have a new prescription.

I did ask the doctor if continued control would change my prescription again; he said it would not -- but I could mess it up by not keeping my blood glucose in control.

I'm no doctor, but I think meter readings of 300+ is not great control and could be making your vision problems worse. Do you have access to another doctor for a second opinion? I'm sure this is quite debiitating for you...

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sharon, how recently did you get new eyeglasses?

I noticed when I got my blood glucose under control, my vision did change -- enough that I have issues reading at close distances with my current glasses. So I went to my eye doctor and got re-tested. Now I have a new prescription.

I did ask the doctor if continued control would change my prescription again; he said it would not -- but I could mess it up by not keeping my blood glucose in control...
Interesting, I had a similar encounter when I went to see my Ophthalmologist - same routine twice a year - I do the eye chart, then the check for eye pressure, than the dilated pupils to look at the retinas. Probably a pretty standard routine, once I lost 2 rows on the eye chart and my control hadn't been good that week - my Ophthalmologist tried some lenses to see if he could improve my vision and it worked magically - his comment - if you have prolonged High BGs it causes the retina to change shape enough to the point where ones own lenses are off enough to affect ones visual acuity.

So he didn't prescribe glasses, I buckled down and started having better control and when I saw him 6 months later - there were no issues with my eyes, my visual acuity had returned.

I don't know if what my Ophthalmologist told me was true or he was trying to coerce me in to improved control - regardless I never had to get glasses and my visual acuity returned, pretty sure it didn't take very long either.

Anyway, thought it interesting and good control does have it's rewards - LOL

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when I saw him 6 months later - there were no issues with my eyes, my visual acuity had returned.

I don't know if what my Ophthalmologist told me was true or he was trying to coerce me in to improved control
Well, whatever it takes to get to improved control, right?

But, yes, I heard the same thing in reverse -- my Rx hadn't changed significantly in years (that is, not enough to justify the several hundred dollars it costs me to buy good lenses and decent frames) but, looking back at my a1cs for those years, I was always in the mid-6.0s (till lately).

Once I got my a1c down to 5.8, the doctor said, the glucose levels in my eyes and optic blood vessels returned to normal levels and my eyes changed shape. In a sense, I'm now getting to where you were -- and are now.

My question to him was whether an a1c that went down to, say, 5.3 or 5.4 would change my Rx even more. He said once I was below 6.0, it wouldn't. But he offered to check my Rx again in another 3-4 months just to satisfy my mind/curiosity. I don't know if I'll wait that long.

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i whent to all the doctors around the county and no one could help

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