Blurry Vision every morning for a few hours

By KathyakaKK Latest Reply 2016-03-19 14:47:18 -0500
Started 2011-09-06 09:32:48 -0500

Hello I am new to this group and finding out a lot of information. 3 months ago my A1C was 6.0 my Dr. said to consider myself a Diabetic and to try Diet and Exercise then come back in 3 months. Well I got rid of ALL soda's! Pepsi was my drug of choice (LOL)… I never drank water. Now all I drink is PLAIN water!! I did drop some pounds but this waking up with Blurry vision every morning is for the birds!! It lasts a few hours… I don't know if I am high or low so I don't know what to do. This is all new to me and I am sooo FRUSTRATED already. I started a new job last week and only worked 2 days because I almost passed out …went to lunch and felt a little better. I also drive school bus and I don't feel safe driving like this. I made an appt. with my Dr. and he sent me for blood work. My fasting BS was 114 and my A1C came back 6.1… higher then 3 months ago and after changing my whole diet. I am under a tremendous amount of stress due to my marriage falling apart but I doubt that is the reason my sugars are high. The Dr. says he doesn't want to tell the insurance I am Diabetic so I am not taking anything or testing as of yet. I have another appt. today for the follow up of blood work. I am sooo discouraged and hate feeling this way… I just feel OFF! How do I regain my life?

60 replies

johnsweany43 2016-03-19 14:47:18 -0500 Report

just as a thought, I had a similar problem, that i always attributed to sugar problems. my unprofessional opinion. is you may have had some sugar (diabetic problems) and by decreasing soda and increasing water intake maybe you have upset your potassium/sodium levels. I had blurry vision and weakness that would come and go and i thought was sugar problems that i couldn't fix or even monitor, I only discovered how to fix my problem once I kept track of my potassium and sodium intake.

SheliaDell 2011-09-11 10:14:14 -0500 Report

I've read that stress can raise your blood sugar, so if you're having marriage problems, that could be one reason the numbers are higher. Also, if your sugar levels are very high or very low, your vision will tend to be blurry, or at least that's true for me. Every afternoon, between lunch and supper, when my sugar drops, I can't even see with my readers. I have to have a (healthy) snack before my vision will clear again. It's also blurry when my numbers are high. I hope you can find a better doctor, and can get some help. You're in my prayers.

david1961 2011-09-10 22:52:01 -0500 Report

your first step is to start taking your own blood glucose reading.i get my supplies from Walgreens,but my insurance does cover it.either way,you need to keep a journal of your readings.write it down,what day,time,and reading.that is the only way you can begin to get your life back.

Arethia Cowden
Arethia Cowden 2011-09-08 18:23:53 -0500 Report

Hey Kathy first of all please take care of yourself. You need to have medicine and a blood glucose meter to check your sugars. Your doctor I am sorry to say isnt very good in my opinon, if he isnt treating you with medicine thats crazy. You deserve better care and need to do all you can to get the care you need. I know you said you had a lot of stress in your life but some stress will be relieved if you start with your health, TAKE CARE OF YOU!!! no one else will. Please find a good doctor in your area I dont know where you live so I cant recemend a place but please o please find a place where you can go for treatment. Keep me informed, thank you

KathyakaKK 2011-09-08 18:35:57 -0500 Report

Thank you Arethia!! I will take that into consideration. I am certainly trying to take care of myself. I appreciate your response and advice!

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-08 10:30:47 -0500 Report

Kathy: I too suffer at times in th emornngs with blurry vision, cant even read the local papers! I'd go see aan eye specialist, to be sure hte diabetes has not affected your vision! I have had 6 laser treatments in the last year, 3 in each eye to help me see better! Also are you on any pain medication? I had taken Tramenol for my neuropathy Pain in the hands, It caused blurry vision. Cut it out completely! Will be praying for you. Would you like to be my friend. Kathy? God Bless, Grandpa Bill

KathyakaKK 2011-09-08 18:37:48 -0500 Report

Thanks Grandpa Bill!!! LOL I take no pain medicine!!! Just BP med and a med for Cholesterol. I am a little nervous to go to the appt. but I need to know what is up with my vision. Thanks again!!

robertoj 2011-09-07 17:32:24 -0500 Report

Frustration is the usual reaction but once you learn more and are able to be proactive it should be much better. Use this community get tips or simply to vent. Do not forget to share your successes too. I was a daily soda drinker but since I learned I had diabetes not one drop has passed my lips. I am glad that you are having your eyes examined. It would be advisable to see a certified diabetes educator. Don't forget to do your homework not all created equally. The same goes for your doctor. I had to change doctors and the difference was like night and day. I wish you the best of luck; God bless.

KathyakaKK 2011-09-07 17:38:22 -0500 Report

Thank you… I have an appt. on Monday with an Ophthalmologist. Maybe it's all this computer time I have been doing for a few months and I need Bifocals who knows but I will know shortly. Thanks for your advice.

robertoj 2011-09-07 21:51:23 -0500 Report

There is a lot to sort through. One of the biggest problems with the current medical system is that information comes piece meal and we are left to figure out if something is related or not.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-07 13:52:59 -0500 Report

Wow Kathy. Are you having fun yet? Tough to switch from Pepsi to water! I had to go from sweet tea to water; unsweetened tea doesn't cut the mustard. Blurry vision Am not a doctor, but I do a lot of reading and according to my memory I don't recall blurry vision being a part of early diabetes. I take it that you have a meter. If not, get your doctor to RX one. Oh, I see the doctor doesn't want to flag the insurance company yet. this could affect you being able to drive a school bus. If you can afford it, go to Walmart and get a test kit. I think you should be able to get it plus the strips for under $50.00. Then you can test your own BS instead of guessing. Not to scare you, but get you vision issue checked out soon. There could be something pressing on your optic nerve. Your numbers above are not bad, nothing to be alarmed about. Please DO NOT DOUBT that the stress from your marriage falling apart can and does contribute to your blood glucose numbers. That plus your new job, plus not being able to put your all into your new job, all add up to big stress. Let me know how you progress. Jim

KathyakaKK 2011-09-07 17:32:20 -0500 Report

Actually Jim it wasn't to bad going from Pepsi to water at all. I gave up Cigarettes 3 months earlier to the Pepsi thing so I was already in a mind frame I had to change my life in more ways then one. Everything is coming together except for the final stage which might have to be delayed a few more months until I can save enough money to do so. (If I last that long) I am prepared to put my things in storage and go to a shelter if I HAVE to …it all depends on my tolerance levels. Thanks for all your input/advice.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-07 11:06:39 -0500 Report

Hello Kathy, I do not understand your drs advice. If you are diabetic you need the best care possible. Attending a diabetic class would be very helpful so that you are better able to understand how and why your body is reacting the way it is. First thing they will tell you is that you need to even out your carbs during the day. Salads do not have carbs. Fruit is healthy but has a lot of carbs. I keep lifesavers in my purse for crashes. They are quick and easy. Driving a school bus you need to check your morning numbers. Do not skip breakfast. Your blury vision could be normal eye changes due to aging. Most diabetics do not develope eye problems associated with the disease unless they have had high uncontrolled numbers for a long period of time. An A1c of 6.1 is very good if you go to the american diabetes association site you can learn a lot about what numbers are good. Good luck and God Bless.

Annabelle61 2011-09-08 14:48:39 -0500 Report

Hi Kathy, I am a volunter for the American Diabetes Association in the Sierra Chapter in Sacramento, California. I also have diabetes, it is a family disease. My four sisters and mother all have it as well. But we find that going to the nutrition classes are a great form of information. It is also a good way to network with the other members of the class in case you need to ask questions in the future. They are people that live in your area also. I have found that 1 in 3 people have diabetes so the (type 1) children on your school bus possibly have diabetes also. We are having our walk "STEP OUT" on September 25, 2011 at the West Steps of the State Capital in Sacramento, California from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Come and join us. It includes a Health Fair and it is a good place to ask questions. Check out Take care and God Bless You Kathy Your friend and fellow diabetic, Anne

KathyakaKK 2011-09-08 18:39:45 -0500 Report

Anne, Thank you for your response. I actually live in PA so I am sorry I can not join you for the walk. I will be praying for a GREAT turn out!!

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-09-06 19:53:29 -0500 Report

You begin one day at atime. Listen to jaybe get an inexpensive monitor, strips you need to know your bg levels especially driving bus with kids! No fun feeling like you may pass out. Try keeping crackers with peanutbutter in purse for those times, I feel like that when my sugar crashes, please believe you're not alone, ther are so many of us here who care for others, and are more than willing to listen, offer support.

KathyakaKK 2011-09-06 18:23:03 -0500 Report

Well I went to the Dr. today and I appreciate all the feedback. The Dr. is thinking I need to see an Ophthalmologist. When I took my blood work my eyes were blurry and it was only 104. ALL of my numbers have come down since my last 3 month check up. So he thinks I am doing well with Diet and Exercise. The reason he doesn't want to give me the Diagnosis of Diabetes is because it will be difficult to get Life Insurance as well as Insurance to pay for a pre-existing condition. Say I have a Stroke (GOD FORBID) the insurance can say they won't pay because it was caused by Diabetes. Right now I am classified as Blood Abnormality. I did send away for a FREE machine and a few strips so if I have to buy extras I will. Now to find a finger prick thingy… Again, I appreciate all the advice and this site it has some GREAT information.( I am going to use to my advantage.) I did speak to the Dr. about my Stress levels and living with someone Bi-polar. He seems to think once I make my move if that's what I decide…things will look even better for my numbers and weight loss attempts. (fingers crossed) KK

besther414 2011-09-10 19:45:44 -0500 Report

Kathy, you can get testing strips on ebay for cheap!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-10 20:01:28 -0500 Report

Kathy, I did see that you can get test strips on ebay also a few days ago. I was only looking for Freestyle lite and one of the vendors had some that were out of date but very cheap. They were not far from the sell by date and for me I would trust them. If they have the test strips they most likely have most testing supplies.
OMG I just remembered I have a lancet device and lancets that have never been used. I am willing to send to you at a safe address.

KathyakaKK 2011-09-10 20:13:26 -0500 Report

That is sooo sweet of you… I am going to wait and see what comes in the mail. If I don't receive one I will keep ya in mind. Thanks again!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-07 16:02:44 -0500 Report

Another thought, some companies offer a finger prick thing for alternative site testing. I test on my arms, below my elbows.

Gemm 2011-09-07 11:24:32 -0500 Report

Seeing an opthomologist is always a good thing whenever we have problems with our eyes whether we are diabetic or not. Glad you are doing well with diet and exercise. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago and so far I too am just doing diet and exercise. Go to doc later today about my breathing problems (COPD) and want to also talk to him about going back to physical therapy as I have a lot of problems getting around and when I was going before I was able to lose some of the weight I needed to but don't seem to be able to do on my own.

Stress affects us in many many ways and indeed can raise blood pressure, blood sugars and more. Many people really have no idea just how much stress in our lives can negatively affect our lives. I found out the hard way some years ago. Stress can even work against us in our attempts to lose weight and I know that is part of the problem I am having with mine since my current husband had his stroke a little over a year ago. Changes that have happened with him leave all of us in a constant state of some level of stress. I am learning to deal with it more constructively but it is still difficult.

As for finding a lancet (finger prick thing) all monitors I have ever seen came with them as well as a few lancets to actually prick us. Wait and see what comes with the one you have ordered before going out to find another one.

Good luck and HUGS

jayabee52 2011-09-06 16:07:06 -0500 Report

Howdy KK! Welcome to DC!
You need to take your BG numbers at least 3 x per day. You can purchase a inexpensive meter and strips at Wal-mart (Reli-on brand) and your ins co won't know. If you are driving a bus, with children on it you NEED to know what your BG levels before you drive them so you don't go low and black out or become confused. And YES the stress of a marriage falling apart can mess with your Blood Glucose!

You're going through a lot of changes right now. A new diagnosis, new job, marriage falling apart. Just be kind to yourself and hang on.

bleonard13 2011-09-06 13:00:24 -0500 Report

stress will really pay a toll on ur bs check out todays home page when u start checking if u are high in the mornings try eating a piece of cheese at night to steady your bs during the night see if that helps good luck and God bless

KathyakaKK 2011-09-06 18:25:09 -0500 Report

I am actually going to try that tonight and see if it helps… if it doesn't then it just may be my eyes. Thank YOU!!

GabbyPA 2011-09-06 12:16:34 -0500 Report

Don't discount your stress. Stress is what brought my diabetes to the surface. I had lost my job and was filing for bankruptcy. That long process brought a lot of stress and worry to my plate and in that window is when I started to notice some of the typical symptoms of diabetes. BINGO! So that could very well be the issue.

Getting through the hard time will allow a lot of weight to be lifted and then you can focus on you for a while. All the things you are doing sound on target. Don't get discouraged. Diabetes is not an instant disease and neither is the treatment. Give it some time and give yourself some healing time as well. Your life is out there, just waiting to be your friend again.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-06 10:55:59 -0500 Report

Why would your doctor not want to tell the insurance that you're diabetic? That just doesn't make any sense… You can purchase your own meter and test strips to check your glucose levels, which I would do if you're experiencing anything "odd". Walmart sells ReliOn brand meters for as little as $9.00 and 20 strips for $9.00. Even if it's just to test your numbers in the morning when you first wake up, at least you'll have a better idea as to why you have blurry vision.

Anonymous 2015-02-04 06:56:59 -0600 Report

Because she doesn't fit diagnostic criteria. I am the same way. I am borderline. We are just insulin resistant. Our treatment is diet and exercise.

Anonymous 2015-02-04 06:56:58 -0600 Report

Because she doesn't fit diagnostic criteria. I am the same way. I am borderline. We are just insulin resistant. Our treatment is diet and exercise.

Anonymous 2015-02-04 06:56:44 -0600 Report

Because she doesn't fit diagnostic criteria. I am the same way. I am borderline. We are just insulin resistant. Our treatment is diet and exercise.

Anonymous 2015-02-04 06:56:40 -0600 Report

Because she doesn't fit diagnostic criteria. I am the same way. I am borderline. We are just insulin resistant. Our treatment is diet and exercise.

Dtouchet 2015-02-04 06:56:30 -0600 Report

Because she doesn't fit diagnostic criteria. I am the same way. I am borderline. We are just insulin resistant. Our treatment is diet and exercise.

Marytea 2011-09-06 09:58:57 -0500 Report

Everyone is different, but I think I'd find another doctor. I am newly diagnosed and was, at first, resistant to testing until I figured out there was no way to know how I was doing if I didn't. My doctor helped me get my meter and all supplies either free or at low cost. Stress can cause higher bg levels for me even good stress. As for getting you life back, stay connected here and put together your diabetes team starting with a doctor, some diabetes education, and learning all you can then focus on the things you love to do, the things you are passionate about. I have a strong faith system that gets me through the occasional rough spot and I volunteer at a food pantry. I just have to say God bless school bus drivers. As a retired teacher, I don't know how you do it.

KathyakaKK 2011-09-06 10:38:55 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response… this Dr. is a new Dr. to me and I am going to see what he says today and go from there. I am thinking I need to see an nutritionist to get this under control. My BP came down in 3 months and my Cholesterol so I am doing something right just gotta get this sugar under control. I know I need to exercise but I just don't feel like it…always so dag on tired. I am thinking I might need something as a mood stabilizer cuz living with a Bi-Polar husband is no joke.

AuntieM234 2011-09-06 16:25:02 -0500 Report

Well there you have it! As someone who has lived with a person who was bipolar, I know how that can elevate your stress level. And, as several of my friends here have said, stress can really mess with your BG levels. DONT WAIT! TEST! You'll be glad you did! All the best to you, KK, we're all pulling for you and stand ready to talk when you feel the need. ;-) Mara

sprink 2011-09-06 12:21:41 -0500 Report

You should exercise 30 minutes in the morning, the best time. After that a hot shower get you ready for the day. Drink lots of water and watch your intake of carbs, especially breads and snake foods. Jim

KathyakaKK 2011-09-06 12:26:45 -0500 Report

Thanks Jim… I am going to try that tomorrow. I do drink a lot of water at least 4 or 5 16.9 oz. bottles a day. Salad at least once a day if not 2. Thanks Jim