By midgemills Latest Reply 2013-04-24 07:21:10 -0500
Started 2013-04-15 18:34:54 -0500

I was diagnosed last Thursday type 2 diabetes.. Is it normal that the doctor automatically make you get your eyes checked?? I hate going and getting my eyes dilated.. Should I go? What all am I to expect?? Please let me know??

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lneider 2013-04-24 07:21:10 -0500 Report

it is very important to have your eyes checked diabetes can effect your vision so these checkups can keep you aware of changes, have someone drive you and have sun glasses on hand Linda

margokittycat 2013-04-23 23:08:15 -0500 Report

It is actually very normal for the doctor to send you to the eye doctor when diagnosised with diabetes. They look at your eye very carefully and clearly and that will let your eye doctor know what you bloodsugars have been doing. As time goes on having your eyes checked will let them know if you have a chance of having glucoma or anything like that due to the diabetes. they can prepare you and let you know if you don't do what you should that this is going to happen to your eyes. It is no big thing. I have been diabetic for over 30 year and I go oncee a year and when they firt diagnosised me I had to go every 6 months for the first 5 years until they were able to control my BS it took them that long to figure out I was resistant to long lasting insulins.

HICHAM EL CHARKAWI 2013-04-23 18:13:13 -0500 Report

Don’t panic dear, you have to accept a new style of life, easy and safe, diabetic cannot be a disease if you took it as a friend, you have to accustom yourself to a certain schedule, as regular check of eyes, kidneys, feet and blood analyses, you will feel safe and this will encourage you to continue and resist any food temptations, good luck

alamoAnnie 2013-04-22 01:45:29 -0500 Report

The eye doctor just takes a photo of your eyes every year and it is very important to check for changes to prevent blindness when you have diabetes. Don't skip it.

Armourer 2013-04-21 23:19:47 -0500 Report

Please go once a year! I went a year and half ago and was told that my eyes were beginning to develop cataracts and some of the small blood vessels in my eye were exploding. This exploding occurs when one's A1C is over 7, at the time I was at 10.6. In the next visit I had lowered my A1C to 6.8, and was told that things in my eyes were much better. On the other hand a friend of mine doesn't work to well at controlling his sugars and has had to have several visits to the eye doc to have laser surgeries on his eyes because of the bursting caused by diabetes. If this bursting isn't controlled he will go blind.

jeopardy3 2013-04-20 22:51:02 -0500 Report

you gotta have your eyes checked on a regular basis cause your vision will be one of the first signs that you are having trouble. then it will be your kidneys. I have been a type 1 for 43 years. I have to go have my eyes dilated once every year. and I also have to go see a podiatrist cause you will suffer neuropathy in your feet too if your diabetes is not under control. that means your feet will go numb and you may not feel pain to quick. I have that now. so yes your eyes, feet are very important to take care of.

GitchyMe 2013-04-19 18:59:00 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed type 2 in May 2012 by my primary doc due to bg of 466. By September I was correctly diagnosed as type 1 and on a pump since Jan. along with the vision check, please ask you doc to run a c-peptide test.

The eye exams are no big deal. Just have someone that can drive you.

CHenry9973 2013-04-19 10:32:30 -0500 Report

I have glaccuma(sp) and my eye doctor saw the diabeties before my pc doctor did. They both are good doctors, he called my pc and she did the tests and sure enough I had diabeties. Eye exams are very important if you want to keep your vision. Good luck and good health to you.

Anonymous 2013-04-18 21:31:13 -0500 Report

Getting a eye exam is just a routine that us diabetics have to get checked once every year. plus they put only two different drops one is for to dilated the eyes only but your have to have a pair of sunglasses after you get done getting the eye exam.. because the sunlight will seem very bright for at least an hour or hr. half.

BB42 2013-04-18 21:28:00 -0500 Report

Yes, when I first was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was told to have my eyes and feet checked. I also hate getting my eyes dilated but because diabetes can cause blindness, it is very worth while

draco59 2013-04-18 21:14:10 -0500 Report

Yes, it's a must!!!! It should be an Ophthalmologist not and Optician, The new test methods are wonderful. Your able to see normal when you leave. I've had 2 great aunts go blind from it( T2 skips generations in both sides of the family) I go once a year.

tahoeTed 2013-04-18 20:29:19 -0500 Report

Yes, go! At least once a year. I think of it this way, do I hate being dialated or being blind? After this years visit I would tell you to get the best form of testing out there. By the time the little branch office here found a problem and I went to the main office I'm thinking there was more damage earlier. They still dialate but use computer and camera which gave a nice picture of my eye. Don't wait!!!! My vision hadn't changed when they found my retinopothy.

MrsCDogg 2013-04-18 19:14:02 -0500 Report

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness. So, yes your doctor was right in having you to get an exam. Having a dialated eye exam isn't that bad.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-18 11:46:34 -0500 Report

Yes it is important to get your eyes check. Would your rather know of a potential problem or wait until it happens to find out? My doctor had me wait until my numbers were in control before being checked. Thankfully he did this as my vision was changing constantly to the point I could no longer wear my regular glasses. I had to opt for reading glasses. Once my numbers were in control I got an exam and thankfully I can wear my glasses with only a slight change in my Rx.

I was born with an eye defect so my eye test would be different from yours because mine has prisms involved. I can't tell you what to expect. I don't like having my eyes dilated either but I have to have it done every time I have an eye exam. My eye problem wasn't detected until I was about 12 years old. I have had surgery to fix the muscle in one eye and prisms in my lenses since the late 1970s. I have also had to have eye therapy to help improve my vision. I don't use both eyes at the same time when I don't have my glasses on…LOL Odd I know.

Midge diabetes is different for each of us. You can't treat this as a game. I am not saying this is what you are doing. You have to have yearly eye exams and more importantly you have to have open conversations with your doctor. Someone can tell you what to expect but what they told you could turn out totally different for you.

katcot2152 2013-04-17 15:32:03 -0500 Report

Yes. But I had just had them checked and got a new script and trifocals. My PCP told me that I should go yearly for an eye exam now that I have diabetes.
Bear in mind, your doctor has your best interest at heart. Also the exam could be used as a baseline, so that if anything questionable comes up in the future, they have this exam to compare it to.

When was the last time you had your eyes checked? If it was within the past few months, I'd let the doctor know - she might change her mind.

midgemills 2013-04-18 09:59:59 -0500 Report

I got my eyes checked in December.. I have eyes problems anyway.. I intend on going but missed my appointment so I have to rechedule.. Thank you so much and God Bless

tabby9146 2013-04-17 11:02:49 -0500 Report

ye, very important, get eyes checked every year, pupil dilation is esp. important now .I hate having it done got to go soon myself.

Nick1962 2013-04-16 11:25:48 -0500 Report

Yup, standard of care is to check the eyes. If you can shop around, you may want to try to find someone using the Optomap system
No need to dialate the eyes.

sNerTs1 2013-04-18 20:53:04 -0500 Report

I had that done Nick and it was unbelievable how clear it was. I learned alot about my eyes during that exam, although my insurance was refusing to pay that portion of my exam as it was too new yet. My husband, on the other hand, couldn't get it done. For some reason they couldn't get good pics of his. Maybe it's different now, it was relatively new in my area when I had that done, approx. 2 yrs ago. :) *Hugs* Cheryl

Nick1962 2013-04-19 08:00:05 -0500 Report

same situation here - my wife can't have it because insurance won't cover it (unless we pay out of pocket), but me being diabetic gets it paid in full.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-18 11:48:05 -0500 Report

Nick as you know by now I am different…LOL the Optomap system won't work for me according to my eye doctor because of my eye problem.

Nick1962 2013-04-18 11:51:13 -0500 Report

Hmmm, odd. i thought it worked for everyone.

Nick1962 2013-04-18 19:55:18 -0500 Report

I hope they get that notification glitch fixed soon - really had to dig to get here.
I'd be interested to find out what the deal is with your eyes that they can't use it. I've been told it is much better diagnostic tool.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-19 08:48:27 -0500 Report

I was born with Extrophia (spelling). When I was in 6th grade for some strange reason my teacher thought I was probably legally blind. Mom took me to the doctors and I ended up with glasses but not legally blind. It wasn't until I was in the 12 grade and got an allergic reaction from Chlorine in the pool at school and got a really bad eye infection that I was diagnosed. It was discovered that I use one eye at a time. When one eye gets tired the other eye takes over. You may be able to get both eyes to look at your nose at the same time, I can't do that. I can only do one at a time. This makes it hard for me to be tested with the optimap. I have had prisms in my lenses for years, eye therapy and surgery. The surgery only corrected the problem to a point. I also cannot have laser surgery to correct any kind of vision problems.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 11:05:10 -0500 Report

I had my eyes checked by an eye doctor last year and no damage was found. My GP said that a check every 18 months unless I notice a change in vision.

Likewise I had my feet checked. last year. One recommendation was to go barefoot in the house, which I have since childhood.

As you probably now, eyes and feet are two common areas for diabetic damage.

I have my teeth cleaned and checked twice a year, but that I was doing before I was diagnosed with DM II. Remember to use mouthwash without alcohol.

midgemills 2013-04-16 11:10:18 -0500 Report

Thanks friends.. For the advice I didn't make it to the doctor I had a rough night, but I am going to reschedule to one closer that way if I need a driver I can have one

Gwen214 2013-04-15 22:59:14 -0500 Report

Yes, it's normal. And important to do it every 6 months to a year. Eye doctor dilates your eyes, and you wait, the s/he checks the back of your eyes, the nerves to make sure no diabetes damage does not hurt.

Edie 2013-04-16 03:59:52 -0500 Report

It has been almost 3 years since I went to the Eye Dr. as the insurance won't pay for glasses unless I have cataracs. Guess what on my Eye Exam back in 2010 they found Cataracs and didn't tell me about them. When I finally went it was because I was having trouble driving between Pam and Bill I no longer have my car or keys near me and Pam does all of my driving for me. 2 weeks ago when she got me home with my car told me I owed her gas money. She uses the car not just to drive me and I have to give her gas money..LOL Any way now I need surgery if they had told me back when I would have found a way to keep up on my eyes better. will noit miss another eye exam for nothing. Will have to get off of here for awhile as every thing is blurring and my spelling is having to be corrected to much now. words are so small I am having trouble seeing them.

sNerTs1 2013-04-15 20:58:29 -0500 Report

Hi Girlie ~ Being newly diagnosed, you are getting flooded with information which can put you in sensory overload. It's great to ask questions :). I wish he would have educated you as to why he wanted you to get it, that could have alleviated some stress for you. YES get your eyes checked and yes dilated. The nerves and muscles in the backs of your eyes can bulge if you are experiencing high ocular pressures which deteriorate the integrity of the muscles causing loss of eyesight. By checking, you will confirm your eye health :)

I was also told to be prepared to be a frequent flyer in the docs offices as I only went when I had problems before for my annual. Now I see him every 4 months. Get your education in with the RD and ask ask ask as the only stupid question is the one not asked. Good luck and please let us know how you are doing :). *Hugs* Cheryl

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-18 11:51:55 -0500 Report

SNerT I think the problem is that doctors don't educate if the patient doesn't ask questions. My mom never asked questions which is why I was in the exam room with her. It is the responsibility of the patient to ask WHY a test is needed, WHY they have to take medication and the effect it will have and WHY, the test results are good or bad. It is like "don't ask, don't tell" If you don't ask the doctor, far too often, they don't tell.

sNerTs1 2013-04-18 20:28:04 -0500 Report

Well thank you Just Joyce for reiterating my points. Sorry to hear of your eye defect, is diabetes affecting it more? Hope you are well.

flipmom 2013-04-15 20:16:25 -0500 Report

yes! its very important to have our eyes checked and its not bad at all…doc just gonna put eyedrops and your vision will blur a little but its best to see how your eyes are now and to see and prevent all kinds of damages before its too late.

runthe 2013-04-15 19:16:31 -0500 Report

It is important to get your eyes examined when are a diabetic. Most peoples are diabetics for a while before they are actually diagnosed. By that time damaged might have already started. I think the doctor just want to make sure that you dont have any problems with you eyes. Having your eyes dialated is part of the eye exam. here is a web site that might help you. good luck and best wishes.

midgemills 2013-04-15 19:23:52 -0500 Report

Thanks and I get routine blood work done yearly because diabetes runs on both sides of my family and just had surgery in October so I had not been a diabetic too long

Scarlet03 2013-04-15 19:14:05 -0500 Report

YES…GO!!! Diabetes in the eyes can cause blindness if not treated…

I just got mine checked last week…and I pray that I keep my eyesight…
They do dialate your eyes…but they need to see if there is any signs of diabetes in your eyes…if there isn't be thankful…

Take care of your blood sugars and your diabetes…and the rest will follow

midgemills 2013-04-15 19:20:14 -0500 Report

I am going I just had them checked last month the doctor hadn't said anything about them, but I am going back.. I already have trouble with my eyes I have a lazy eye which makes me near sighted and I am far sighted in the other

Scarlet03 2013-04-15 19:19:23 -0500 Report

Diabetes affects everything in your body…from head to toe…

Taking care of the inside of your body will affect the outside…preventive care is the first thing in the fight against this disease

jayabee52 2013-04-15 19:09:37 -0500 Report

OF COURSE you should go, Bridget! Unless you want to go blind due to diabetes related retinopathy!

Usually, from my experience it is not the first thing Drs have you do, but it is on the list of things one should do sooner rather than later.

As for where to go, ask your Dr for a referral to an opthamoligist who does eyes for PWDs (persons with diabetes). You might want to call that opthamologist and learn if s/he takes pictures of the retina and if you can get one for yourself. Having that may help if later on you are forced by insurance to switch providers so your new provider has something with which to compare, without waiting on the previous provider to send something.

Praying for a healthier YOU!


midgemills 2013-04-15 19:12:27 -0500 Report

They already made me appointment it is for tomorrow. I just didn't know since I am new at this if it was due to diabetes and she said something about taking care of my feet, she also made me an appointment for next month with a dietician which I know I need

tabby9146 2013-04-17 11:02:10 -0500 Report

did your eye exam go well? I hate having my pupils dilated, the older I got the worse it was afterward, foggy, can't see well, can't watch tv, drive, get online, or anything like that. have to have someone drive me home. it is hours before I can see clearly again with my glasses or contacts.

jayabee52 2013-04-15 19:17:51 -0500 Report

usually the RD (registered dietician) or a CDE (clinical diabetes educator) is the first order of business with a Dr. it seems a bit soon to do the dialated eye exam, but it will be a good thing, I beleive since it will be out of the way then for a year.

Roxannescott 2013-04-15 20:57:10 -0500 Report

Yes…unfortunately. you must do all that you are told! Eyes, teeth…get everything checked so that you will feel better about things to work on diet and keeping those BG 's as low as you can!!! Wishing you ALL the health possible! Roxanne

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