diabetic eyesight

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-05-12 00:02:59 -0500
Started 2011-08-31 14:40:43 -0500

How often should you have a eye exam. I have blurred vision sometimes and need to know more about diabetes and your eyes.


33 replies

dubyadd
dubyadd 2012-05-07 04:55:36 -0500 Report

Also as long as we are on the subject of eye exams, what about lasik surgery? I looked into it a few years ago and was told "no way diabetic boy" your BG goes up and down to much to be considered for Lasik. Has anyone checked this lately? What did you find out!

dubyadd
dubyadd 2012-05-07 04:38:46 -0500 Report

as my blood glucose increased a few years ago, my eyesight got better and better, now that I am taking insulin my blood glucose is back down in the normal range, but my eyesight is horrible again, doesn't seem fair does it. Talking about eye exams, I understand medicare does not cover them. I become medicare eligible in a few months so just thought I would check with you older folks who would really know about this stuff. Is this true, now that we really need regular exams, they are not covered by medicare? Is that true? If so I don't think i want to get old anymore! If you know about this please let me know too! Thanks

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-07 05:46:55 -0500 Report

I believe that if it is an eye exam to check for retinopathy or other diabetes related problems of the eye, they are covered by medicare. Just to get a checkup for a new eyeglass prescription that I understand is NOT covered.

dubyadd
dubyadd 2012-05-07 15:23:29 -0500 Report

thanks for the info, too bad they don't want old people to see clearly eh? Maybe we should put a bug in the AARP ear that if we can't read the voter ballot, we can't check the right box. That's the only way politicians seem to notice anything, if they may get voted out of office.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-05-07 16:01:12 -0500 Report

Not a bad idea, dubyadd! That is how politics works, unfortunately!

I had mine examined about five months ago under medicare and was covered. So far my med suppliment hasn't picked up the balance — so far they haven't done a computation, so I'm really about to call the doctor's office about the possibility that they didn't submit to the Med. Sup. policy — but there was no problem with medicare itself. You are going because of the possibility of diebetic complications in your eyes. If you need glasses, they won't cover the glasses, but the RX would be part of the Tx for your diabetic complications.

dubyadd
dubyadd 2012-05-11 21:53:01 -0500 Report

glad to hear that as I have lots of glasses, and my prescription has not changed much in the last 10 years, but 1 eye is blurry when I look down, so as soon as medicare kicks in I'm going to the eye doc.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-05-12 00:02:59 -0500 Report

In the course of the last 10 years, starting with when I was diagnosed, I was in bifocals considering trifocals, but waited to see what would happen when my BG levels came down. No trifocals, went to reading glasses. Now use only a magnifier which my doc offered to write as a RX if I really wanted one, but instead suggested a multipack of readers from Costco.

Natim
Natim 2012-05-07 02:13:25 -0500 Report

Hi
I understand that everybody need to have their eyes checked on regular basis if they have vision problems.
How ever people with diabetis got to have their eyses checked at least twice a year which is every 6 months.
That is what I am doing myself with my type 2.

alesiafae
alesiafae 2012-03-23 21:16:58 -0500 Report

Once a year. Which I have been doing since I was 18 anyway. When I was diagnosed my doctor said not to change prescription until bg levels were regulated.

saber32
saber32 2011-11-05 12:51:58 -0500 Report

i have blurred every day any its a pain to read and wright something down my eye doctor wants me to have surgery an operation to fix it but i my insurance will not over it . I just do not know what to do any more it is hard at work I go see my eye docter every year it getting worse every year now

Diane918
Diane918 2012-05-06 18:36:03 -0500 Report

Are your blood sugars regulated at the proper level? When my sugars are high for more than a couple days, I start having problems with my vision. Don't go for the surgery if your blood sugars aren't stable and in the normal range for a while. It might just clear up on it's own, if they haven't been stable and you work on stability.

NavyNerd
NavyNerd 2011-09-06 20:17:45 -0500 Report

Definitely annually.. I just switched eye docs, and he said he wanted a 6 month follow up to make sure everything was okay since my sugars have been wacky, and it was his first time seeing me. Make sure when you go to an eye doc they do a DIABETIC exam, because its different than a standard exam. The one I had been seeing told me she was doing a 'diabetic exam' when it was really just a standard exam like my kids get. I discovered differently from my internist of all people LOL (Bless that man- he's helped me get my diabetes under coontrol better than any of the 20 endo's I have seen!)

nzingha
nzingha 2011-11-05 16:28:34 -0500 Report

I would say twice… this damn Diabetes is to weird.. even when u have things under control it can do as it pleases on any part of ur body it feels like..!

Armourer
Armourer 2011-09-06 20:06:17 -0500 Report

Once a year! I let it go for the past three years, and went in last May to be told that I had developed retinopathy and was on the road to laser surgery and then blindness if I didn't get my BG under control and numbers below A1C 7. So, take it seriously, I didn't until now.

Marytea
Marytea 2011-09-01 08:21:25 -0500 Report

I get an eye exam every year. I was told to make sure the doctor does a dilated retinal exam which I understand looks for broken capillaries on the retina. Check with your doctor to see if the exam is appropriate for you. Take good care of those peepers.

RAINDANCER1950
RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-31 21:53:56 -0500 Report

BEING DIABETIC…A YEARLY EYE EXAM , WITH GLACOMA CHECK IS A HAVE TO DO …EVERY YEAR…I WAS BORN WITH VERY POOR EYE SIGHT ,TO START WITH DUE TO SEVERE ASTIGMATISM…HAVING WORN GLASSES SINCE I WAS 6 YRS. OLD…AS I AGED…I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HARD ON MY EYES…BEING A AVID READER…QUILTER, SEWING , PAINTING…WOOD CARVING ETC…ALL REQUIRING GOOD HAND AND EYE COORDINATION…LATELY…QUILTING REQUIRES ME TO REMOVE MY GLASES . AND PUT THE FABRIC , AT THE END OF MY NOSE TO SEE WHERE , MY TINY STICHES ARE GOING…BI FOCALS …WILL BE MUCH STRONGER WHEN I SEE THE DOC.NEXT MONTH…OR MY DAYS AS A QUILTER, ARE NUMBERED, I'M AFRAID…I ALSO HAVE GLACOMA, THAT ,FOR THE TIME BEING, IS CONTROLED , WELL, WITH NIGHTLY DROPS…BUT, WAS DISCOVERED LATER , AND I DID SUFFER, SOME LOSSES …IN THE OUTER FIELD OF VISION IN MAINLY , MY LEFT EYE…BUT…STILL GOING, AND AM THANKFUL FOR EVERY NEW MORNING…THAT I CAN SEE THE SUNRISING !
PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR, AND KEEP THOSE YEARLY VISITS ! I LOVE DOGS…BUT I DO NOT WANT TO OWN A SEEING EYE DOG … DO YOU ??
BE WELL ! …BE HAPPY !

MoeGig
MoeGig 2011-08-31 20:56:39 -0500 Report

Just came back from the Eye Doc after cataract surgery (now done to both eyes 6 months apart). It turns out, I need to continue drops (forever) in both eyes to keep the pressure down…very important not to damage the optic nerve (and go blind). No big deal, just take drops when I take my shots and meds morning and evening. He also checked on the status of the capillaries in the back of the eyes. If you run high sugars, they clog and leak blood, again blinding you…(number 1 cause of blindness is diabetes). Best antidote, control your sugars & exercise to keep those little arteries pumping…not only in your eyes, but your kidneys and your feet. (the three major areas of complications in diabetics). What did the guy say…"An ounce of prevention…:>) Look, we leave for Italy Monday on vacation. I don't want someone wheeling me around in a wheel chair where I can't even see the Sistine Chapel. That's my motivation.

nzingha
nzingha 2011-11-05 16:30:23 -0500 Report

great motivation… for me… i excercise, excercise… because i have these nitemares of blindness, amputation etc etc.. running me down and i am not about to make them catch up on me in the race to stay healthy..lol!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-31 20:36:50 -0500 Report

I concur with most of those who posted here previously. 1 year should be what is normal for an eye exam. If you show signs of diabetic Retinopathy then come back to the opthamologist at whatever intervals s/he deems necessary to track your progress.

One warning though, if you have had high BG numbers for quite a while, should not get glasses based on a Rx from a Opthamologist's exam when your BG numbers are high.

When you are high for a while, the Vitreous Humor (the clear jelly like substance within your eyes) also takes on higher blood glucose numbers and increases the pressure in the eyeball. That changes the focal length in your eyeball and affects the prescription. When your BG is under control for a couple weeks, the pressure in your eyeball returns to normal, and then get the eye exam for the eyeglass prescription. re: changes in eyesight see: http://www.allaboutvision.com/askdoc/diabetes... re: Diabetic Retinopathy See: http://www.joslin.org/info/Diabetic_Retinopat...

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-03-24 10:38:04 -0500 Report

I had my annual exam in June 2011, got my new glasses and in July 2011 was diagnosed with diabetes. After getting my blood sugar down from the high 400s, I couldn't see with my new glasses. I had to go back and have the prescription re-done.

robertoj
robertoj 2011-08-31 20:36:16 -0500 Report

I was told to eye test annually. I was told that I have slight cataracts and they are not related to diabetes.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-08-31 15:52:02 -0500 Report

I go once a year for eye checkup…my eyes are too precious to let them slide without a yearly exam…

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-08-31 15:25:17 -0500 Report

A person with diabetes should see an ophthalmologist once a year. Diabetes puts you at risk for retinopathy which can lead to blindness. Blurred vision may be a symptom of this. Higher than normal blood sugar levels put you at risk for retinopathy as well as many of the other nasty diabetic complications.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-31 15:14:02 -0500 Report

I believe we should have a eye exam every year. This is what my eye doctor told me. I hope this helps you! Yes diabetes can effect your vision. If your numbers become high many different complcations can occur even blindness, this is why its so very important to keep your numbers within the target range. My doctor told me he wants me to stay under 140. Because above 140 to 150 diabetic complcations can begin to occur. The complcations are silent at first which makes them so dangerous.so please keep your numbers in the target range. I was having a difficult time doing this until I got put on my insulins. Now my numbers are well under the target range with the help of insulin. It is important to get a good treatment plan that will help you reach your target blood sugar. weather its pills, insulin, or if diet and excercise works for you. But the treatment must be working for you. If its not working and your sugar is still high, CHANGE your treatment to something that works for you! This is soo important to keep the complcations from happining. At first I tried diet that did not work then I tried pills, they did not work at all for me! Now I'm on insulin and its working wonderfully and my blood sugar is where it is supposed to be! That's the most important thing keeping your blood sugar below or at target range! I hope I've helped you in some way! Good luck and God bless you!

grandmaducky
grandmaducky 2011-08-31 15:04:24 -0500 Report

when eye doc found out i had diabetes he said he wanted to see me 1 a year if i keep my sugar in check it helped me with the blurred vision