Hello Diabetic friends. Having been a diabetic just three years, I continue to learn the ropes to manage this disease. As a teacher, I always had my eye exam before school started, and after I retired, I continued the routine. However, I was not aware that since diabetes, my eyes should be checked by an ophthalmologist who specializes in diabetic vision health. I had been seeing an optometrist (they are not MD’s), and they don’t know about the medical aspects of diabetes. So, I want to say that for those of us with diabetes, we need to see the best and right MD for our eyes that we can. I had my appointment Friday, and he performed a number of tests on my eyes that the optometrist never did. The MD checked the blood vessels leading to my retina and size and any bleeding and enlargement, and other important tests. I was really surprised, because I never thought about my vision needing more observing by an MD. Luckily, my retina is healthy in both eyes and I don’t have any problems. I do have the beginnings of cataracts which will need to be addressed in a year or two. The Dr. said he could do the removal of the cataracts now or prescribe glasses and hold off for a while. I am not anxious for eye surgery so I went with the new glasses.
I hope all of us in the diabetic group realize that the sugar in the blood affects even the small vessels in the eyes. If left untreated, the end result is blindness. That really got my attention. So, I share this with you all in case you are like me and were not aware of this situation. We have to keep our eyes on everything because diabetes touches all parts of the body.