Question about eyesight issues and pre-diabetes.

Posted by mcmurf2 @mcmurf2, Thu, Sep 19 1:14pm

I have been having problems with blurred vision and just a basic decrease in my vision. I have been to the eye Dr. She said nothing has changed. My last blood test from my psych showed my blood work resulted in a pre diabetic level. I had a wellness physical ( with my primary a few months ago and nothing was said about diabetes. my question is; can your eyes actually be effected by pre diabetes and not show signs at the eye Dr??? Has anybody had experience with this during a pre diabetes event?

I have lost 40 + lbs, I have had a better diet this summer too. ( I am 5’6″ and currently at 178) ( but my endo system is also messed up). I find it hard to exercise due to a lump of physical issues. So, don’t know what else I can do. But,, my main concern is my eye sight. IF my eye dr said nothing has changed,,, what is my next step???

I'm having the same issues however I'm type 2 diabetic since last July. My a1c went from 7.0 to 6.4 and recently jumped back up to 6.9. I too was having blurred vision and my eye doctor said my eyes were fine. I'd check your sugars if you can and find out what your a1c is. Your dr should run that.. I also have increased my exercise and have seen my sugars go down. Best of luck!

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You can study on the web and learn more about checking your blood levels and beneficial diet for controlling blood sugar. Congratulations on the weight loss as it is a huge victory for you. Eye problems can come with long term uncontrolled diabetes as my sister did when she gained weight and refused to limit her eating to a sensible plan. I couldn't reason with her at all, and she didn't follow the specialist's recommendations. Testing daily will tell you better how to eat and exercise and you will gain confidence about better health. I don't wait until I have eaten too much to see if I have overdone, but test in the morning and count my daily carbs along with staying active to keep the numbers from rising too much. I had eye problems from stress and when I got on top of that, my eyes have been fine. If I overdo on eating once, I know to not do it a second time, and the next day the numbers are better. You get used to behaving yourself with your eating because you know that you are doing the best you can for your health. Keep up the good work. Dorisena

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hi! thanks for the response. , but I have a question. Stress??? eye problems..??? I have been under a LOT of stress over the last 11 months… how did you figure out it was stress??? I am in therapy, but stress seems to be part of my life right how. Can you tell me more??? How does stress effect your eye sight???? You have me wondering more..

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@mcmurf2

hi! thanks for the response. , but I have a question. Stress??? eye problems..??? I have been under a LOT of stress over the last 11 months… how did you figure out it was stress??? I am in therapy, but stress seems to be part of my life right how. Can you tell me more??? How does stress effect your eye sight???? You have me wondering more..

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Stress will cause blood sugars to raise therefore if blood sugars remain high it can effect visions and eye problems

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@katiebug19

Stress will cause blood sugars to raise therefore if blood sugars remain high it can effect visions and eye problems

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Really what does it do to eye sight

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High sugars can cause blurred vision as can stress

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wow,, did not know any of this.. boy,, I could be in trouble…………

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My sugars range from 120 as high as 267 if I eat something high in carbs.. very important to watch carb intake and most importantly exercise somehow at least 4 days a week will make a huge difference. I am having vision issues as well but I have been slacking with exercise.

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@mcmurf2

wow,, did not know any of this.. boy,, I could be in trouble…………

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Neither did i

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@trellg132

Neither did i

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I am older than most and have witnessed a number of experiences with bad health to make a strict nutritionist out of me. I watched my sister ignore basic instructions about diabetes as she gained weight and lost her ability to reason well. It broke my heart, and she died of several chronic diseases. Before that, I lost the battle with my late husband as he ate himself to death, ignoring diabetes and cancer risks and not following any doctors instructions. He was very uneducated, he was narcissistic, and his arrogance led him to believe he would outlive any threats to his health. His vision declined, and we noticed the dementia for about 15 years. Meantime I read and studied everything I could get my hands on to educate myself because it was useless to reason with my dying husband. In the end, he died a painful, death, and never reconciled with me at all. He was paralyzed and died in Hospice telling lies every minute he was awake.
His friends believed him to the end, and blamed me for feeding him badly. His constant eating was done in restaurants, and he was seldom home during the last year until the squad took him to the hospital less than two months before his death. There was also the alcoholism which he denied for many years. Few doctors will explain the terrible things that can happen to the body with these diseases, as they don't want to scare patients, and they don't want to lose customers. So we need to read, read, read, and ask many questions for clarification. A nutritionist is the best teacher, as well as an endocrinologist. We can succeed in having good health most of the time if we pay attention to weight, diet, exercise, and stress management. There are excellent books on the market, but I have found a couple that are unreasonably strict for my age and ability. My son and I support each other and stay on the success program. You will not die tomorrow if you overeat. But you can live a good life on the right program for you. Let's go, Team! Dorisena

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Welcome @mcmurf2 to the Diabetes/Endocrine Group. You have a very important question. I addressed this with a post earlier as I have Diabetes 2 and was having problems not seeing as well either. My name is Carol; I am 75 years old. I thought my less than clear eyes were probably my age. Since my diagnosis over three years ago, I have had my eyes checked every year. I go to a group practice that has optometrists (not MD) and ophthalmologist (MD). My endocrinologist told me I needed to see an eye dr. specializing in managing diabetics to check for eye problems. Fortunately, one of the doctors is an MD and specializes in diabetic retinopathy. So. I started seeing him for my checks. Thankfully, my eyes are not being affected by the diabetes yet, but the vision is a result of the beginning of cataracts. Of course there are other things that cause blurred vision. Eyesight can be a problem for us, so we need to check for any changes. Someone who is not familiar may not know what to look for. It is stressful to think about having eye problems, so we need to be vigilant in having checks. Is you eye dr. an MD.? If not, do you have one close to you that could check your eyes?
Carol

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yes.. MD. they do work with diabetic retinopathy. I do see an endo and have an appt in a couple weeks. It just seems like in the last 11 months, my eyes have really gotten bad. I've seen the eye dr 2 x in 11 months. I scheduled an appt with my primary tomorrow as I have been very dizzy today and if felt like my right eye was wanting to close. sigh……… too much going on…

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@mcmurf2 Glad to hear from you. Since you have checked with your eye doctor about diabetic retinopathy and he gave your eye an all good. When you see your endo, he should have a next step for you to take. At this point I'd have to put my problems in the hands on the endo for him to send you to someone he thinks can help. I know it is frustrating to have eye problems and not be able to get the situation corrected. You didn't say how old you are—–if you are young, it may be one thing; if you are a senior, it could be something else. Age does often make a difference. Do you have confidence in your endo? What about your primary? Can you check in with both doctors and see if you can get answers or recommendations for where to go next?
Carol

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hi! well, had a primary visit today. Asked her about that blood work that my psych was concerned about. My primary said I was NOT in her range. So,, don't worry about it..sigh. mentioned my eyes.. she said nothing. ( I think I need a new primary). I am 55. This past year has been one hell of a stress ride. I will talk more with my endo on the 11th of Oct. She will know more I"m sure. People are sort of joking with me telling me it IS my age with my eyes. BUT,,, like I said.. eye dr saw no changes… ( sigh again). guess I was worried about the pre diabetes for nothing. However, my sister and brother both got type 2 later in their lives.. sooooo,, it IS an actual concern for me. I will just have to keep an eye out for myself.

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@mcmurf2

hi! well, had a primary visit today. Asked her about that blood work that my psych was concerned about. My primary said I was NOT in her range. So,, don't worry about it..sigh. mentioned my eyes.. she said nothing. ( I think I need a new primary). I am 55. This past year has been one hell of a stress ride. I will talk more with my endo on the 11th of Oct. She will know more I"m sure. People are sort of joking with me telling me it IS my age with my eyes. BUT,,, like I said.. eye dr saw no changes… ( sigh again). guess I was worried about the pre diabetes for nothing. However, my sister and brother both got type 2 later in their lives.. sooooo,, it IS an actual concern for me. I will just have to keep an eye out for myself.

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@mcmurf2 At least you ruled out getting help from your primary. Sometimes that happens. A doctor isn't schooled in an area; I'm glad she admitted it and told you she didn't know. Can you choose another primary? Maybe you could find one who has a greater range of expertise and can help. I hope your endo will give you some answers and help. I think we all have a tendency to say it's age when it probably isn't. You've done a good job of ruling out two doctors who don't have answers. Now, maybe your endo will know or can send you to another specialist who can run some tests. Some doctor out there can give you a reason for your eye problem. Are you willing to follow through to get some answers?
Carol

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