DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

JCOlsen1
By JCOlsen1 Latest Reply 2018-08-25 14:16:26 -0500
Started 2018-08-08 14:49:29 -0500

Hello. First time posting. I havn't been diagnosed with anything yet. However, a few weeks ago I woke up with double vision or distorted vision with both eyes open. When I look down or do not keep my chin towards my chest I see 2 of everything. I saw my primary care doctor and he ordered blood work. I also saw a eye specialists and he says that what he sees in the images is consistent with diabetic retinopathy. I suppose the result of my blood test will give more information for a diagnosis. A coworker took a blood sugar reading and I was at 225. I have been reading the discussion here concerning DR but havn't found anything where people are experiencing similar eye issues. I know that I'll be looking forward to injections or laser treatment for my eye or eyes. I also have numbness/coldness in my left pinky and ring finger. Any information would be extremely helpful. I have 2 tours in combat zones and I wasn't as scared as I am now about loosing my eye sight or about my overall health. TIA


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Gabby
GabbyPA 2018-08-25 14:16:26 -0500 Report

If it is caught early enough you can do a lot to prevent the loss. I do fear that your lab work will come back diabetic, but it is not the end of all things. Getting it cared for now is better than not knowing. I know for myself, it was tingling in my toes that made me get checked out. Yes, when we don't take care, symptoms do have a way of waking us up. I would talk to your doctor about your fingers as well, just to make sure neuropathy is not taking place.

Luis65
Luis65 2018-08-12 12:06:06 -0500 Report

You may have retinopathy, but the double vision may be a temporary thing caused by high blood glucose. That was what led to my diagnoses all those years ago. I went to an ophthalmologist and he told me to have my PCP to test me for high glucose. The way he explained it is the high glucose in the blood pulls fluid osmotically from the eyes causing them to sag. This makes focusing nearly impossible.

Sure enough when my very high BG got in control my vision returned to normal. Fast forward 20 years-I had a prostatectomy. In the hospital they don't let you take your own meds. They were using a fast action insulin when BG was >200 mg/dl. I was not happy with that. I was encouraged to walk carrying my catheter bag and it was a nice walk that made a great oval.

The day before discharge I experienced the double vision thing. Signs over the nurses stations were double. I was so glad I was getting out the next day and could begin managing my diabetes myself.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2018-08-09 08:06:48 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC..it's a great site with lots of support and info from people who are living with their diabetes. Your symptoms of blurred vision and numbness are consistent with uncontrolled diabetes complications (retinopathy and neuropathy). What you need to do to rein these in and prevent further progression is achieve better blood glucose control as soon as possible. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and how to best manage it. Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" was a turning point for me in my diabetes control. (I was dx'd at age 27, 42 years ago.) He opened my eyes to the role played by carbohydrates in higher than normal blood glucose (BG) readings. By drastically reducing the carbs in my diet in the early 2000's, I have been able to stop beginning neuropathy and retinopathy and prevent its progression so far. It's not an easy change to make but the results have been well worth the effort. If weight loss is also a goal, reducing the carbs in your diet should help there as well. There is no "one right amount" of daily carbs for everyone. It will depend upon age, gender, activity level and metabolism. Although I eat more carbs than recommended by Dr Bernstein, I limit myself to 110 to 115 total carb grams per day and that has worked for me. Some may be able to tolerate more and others may need less. Let your BG meter and A1c blood work results be your guide. With the right knowledge,medical support, and the determination to make needed lifestyle changes, living well with diabetes is possible.

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