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I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last March. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant in 2007 and it went away but now it's back. I'm on Metformin (2000mg/day). I have watery eyes and blurry vision (mainly on my left eye). My Opthalmologist said my everything looks normal. Does anyone else experience this symptom? Thanks.

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I too have the same blurry vision...

Hello -
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last March. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant in 2007 and it went away but now it's back. I'm on Metformin (2000mg/day). I have watery eyes and blurry vision (mainly on my left eye). My Opthalmologist said my everything looks normal. Does anyone else experience this symptom? Thanks.

Mbritt
I am having the same problem...not sure if its the metforim tho....
 

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Watery Eyes & Blurred Vision

I am having the same problem...not sure if its the metforim tho....
I'm also having the same problem, and in the left eye too...but I'm not on metforim. Am taking Diovan & Amlodipine for blood pressure.

Seeing the eye doc in early January - so hopefully he'll have some answers. At first I thought perhaps my mascara was to old, but have stopped wearing it altogether for over a month and the eye still gets weepy quite often.:confused:
 

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I'm also having the same problem, and in the left eye too...but I'm not on metforim. Am taking Diovan & Amlodipine for blood pressure.

Seeing the eye doc in early January - so hopefully he'll have some answers. At first I thought perhaps my mascara was to old, but have stopped wearing it altogether for over a month and the eye still gets weepy quite often.:confused:
I'll be calling my eye doctor tomorrow morning..my eyes were just checked and a noticable improvement was made note of...instead of just wearing reading glass's (3mnths)..... all my vision is blurred...my numbers are down and I was diagnoised 12 days ago with a 20.8 count...now hovers around low 7's to low 6's....
 

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If you have dropped from 20.8 to the 7's and 6's in just 12 days then your body needs time to catch up. that is too much drop in a short time for the body to easily accept. Vision problems are very common under these circumstances. The problem should be temporary though. When your vision has stabilized you may find the glasses are no longer good. A change in blood sugar level can easily distort the vision and you should always have very stable blood sugar before being examined for glasses. I hope they will still be good for you later on.

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If you have dropped from 20.8 to the 7's and 6's in just 12 days then your body needs time to catch up. that is too much drop in a short time for the body to easily accept. Vision problems are very common under these circumstances. The problem should be temporary though. When your vision has stabilized you may find the glasses are no longer good. A change in blood sugar level can easily distort the vision and you should always have very stable blood sugar before being examined for glasses. I hope they will still be good for you later on.

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Richard...thank you.
Hearing from someone with experience makes the difference.
I am shooting for a high five count with major changes in eating and lifestyle habits.
I know someone who went "legally blind" thru complications being diabetic....legally blind....blind is blind and heaven forbid...do not wish that on anyone...and want no part of it.
I read "mascular edema" is the major problem, I can dollar store it for now, buying glass's that will do "in a pinch", but do not mind stating, this scares me...and I should have seen it coming with all the signs.

I am just wondering if there is a way I could tell the difference between the "mascular edema" and just blurry because of the high glucose.

Yes I have dropped like a rock, counting carbs, if I cant walk, then exercising my upper body...lost a pound a day since diagnoised.

Besides benifiting my health, the dog seems to enjoy all the walking!
 

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Hello -
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last March. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant in 2007 and it went away but now it's back. I'm on Metformin (2000mg/day). I have watery eyes and blurry vision (mainly on my left eye). My Ophthalmologist said my everything looks normal. Does anyone else experience this symptom? Thanks.

Mbritt
For what it's worth, I'm a recently diagnosed Denial Type II (until I see an endo in late March). But I will admit to creeping BG's for the last 10 years, gradual weight gain for the last decade, AND guess what, blurry vision plus watery left eye for an even longer period, and dry eyes syndrome since 2005'ish. Myopia developed about 2005 too, and I have driving glasses because of that. Mind you, eve since I was a kid, I had what the doc's termed as weak left eye. Not weak by muscle, but weak by foveal development.

Since I have commenced a drastic weight loss diet [in early January] and heavy exercise schedule my left eye seems to have made another adjustment, and now I can't focus on any distance sharply with my left eye. But I am hoping that once my weight goal is reached, and my glucose levels stabilise, my blurriness will stabilise also.

If what Richard says about waiting for BG to stabilise is right, then there is no point me seeing an ophthalmologist again soon.

For some clarification, my left eye will water when I am on a long walk, or long bike ride, and I am not sure, but if I eat rich food [eg in spices], or am stressed, anxious, my eyes will dry up in my sleep, and my eyelids will feel like emery paper with shards of broken glass the following morning. On those days I am practically blinded by pain, and useless for at least half of the day. That hits me about once or twice a month. And the treatment the ophthalmologist has given me for the dry eyes is plenty of eye drops. If I can stick to them that is. I try and guess when I am going to have trouble and pre-empt it, but don't always get it right.

I am not on any insulin, nor meds. My BG's pre-prandial are around 4.7 to 7 [the latter after exercise], and post-prandial is between 5.2 and 8.2 [2hrly]. HTH!
 

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Noumenon, have you been using drops for your eyes? i have had dry eyes for many years and I use Visine drops. If you pick up some Visine look carefully at the labels, they heve several different treatments. Get the one for dry eyes...it may be called artificial tears. There is one for red eyes that stings, you do not want that one. I do not have that dry and scratchy feeling as long as I use my drops.
 

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Noumenon, have you been using drops for your eyes? i have had dry eyes for many years and I use Visine drops. If you pick up some Visine look carefully at the labels, they heve several different treatments. Get the one for dry eyes...it may be called artificial tears. There is one for red eyes that stings, you do not want that one. I do not have that dry and scratchy feeling as long as I use my drops.
Hi Richard,

I have been prescribed Systane Lubricating Eye drops, constituents; polyethylene glycol 400, 4 mg/mL, and propylene glycol 3 mg/mL. I am supposed to use these 4 times a day. I usually forget about them, or just live too a chaotic life to organise it. I do have a bottle beside my bed, can't open the eyes without them, and also a bottle in the bathroom.

At night I am supposed to use Viscotears Eye Gel, constituents; Carbomer 2 mg/g, & excipients (eg sorbitol). Preservative Cetrimide 0.1 mg/g. But I end up only using them when it is too late, or when I feel the sandpaper eyelid syndrome coming on.

Mind you, prior to dry eye syndrome I was diagnosed with pinguecula which was upgraded to red eye syndrome. The ophthalmologist described my condition such that my eyes get so dry that the surface cells of my cornea are rubbed off by the eyelid rubbing against it. Hence the intense pain. Rotating the eyeball with eyelid closed when waking up is like getting my eyes slashed by hundreds of tiny sharp stones. That's when I curse, fumble and reach for my drops.

Which reminds me, I better apply them now before going to sleep, 'cos I have an interview tomorrow.

The ophthalmologist also took the trouble in explaining that if I don't take my drops regularly, my eyes will deteriorate, I will have to have my eustation tubes plugged, and if it gets even worse I may have to wear fully sealed goggles with lubricant inside them. Like a diver, except, in real life. I think he was trying to scare me.

Thank you for your suggestion.
 

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Noumenon, I truly hope you can find a way to remember to use your eye drops - preserving our sight is of such great importance! My eyes dry out during sleep too, although nothing like you describe. I have an appointment next month to get the ball rolling for my cataract surgery, and we'll be addressing all these side issues as well.

Good luck to you and again - please try to remember! ;)
 
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