eye exam

By Susie624 Latest Reply 2013-04-07 13:28:13 -0500
Started 2010-03-20 21:44:18 -0500

Had my eyes checked today.Was told they were in good shape in fact didn't even need bifocals any longer,just a standard pair of a 175 reading glasses.No cataracts or any thing in fact they told me the optic nerve was very healthy looking.

14 replies

tabby9146 2013-04-07 13:21:26 -0500 Report

thats great! happy for your good news. I have not had mine checked in two years, going soon, I know my prescription has changed for sure. I hate to go because I hate getting my pupils dilated, it is hours before I can see clearly again, I can't read, drive, or much of anything afterward, when I was younger it wasn't a big deal, did not affect me that way.

Armourer 2011-07-23 03:17:09 -0500 Report

Keep it up! My check two months ago told me I was developing cataracts, and well on the road of retinopathy. Wish I had your news.

MoeGig 2011-07-23 08:18:09 -0500 Report

Cataracts aren't that big a deal…had both eyes done over the last year. Retinopathy, that's a different story. Best wishes. They say tighter BG control can slow down or even arrest the problem. Who knows. Good luck.

Harlen 2010-03-21 09:54:59 -0500 Report

Way to go
I am so glad I take care of my eyes too we only have two I woulod like to keep them in good working order lol
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-03-21 07:48:42 -0500 Report

That's great, good news of and about test and exams by diabetics proves to other diabetics that it can be done, eye and sight care are very important, a true inspiration to others, thanks for posting this !

Roy531 2010-03-20 21:56:01 -0500 Report

Good for you. That means you are contolling your sugars. Can I borrow you eyes for my next exam?

Susie624 2010-03-22 07:59:19 -0500 Report

Roy I wish you could borrow them.How are you doing now?Did you have your surgery? How is Danni. I havent got all the kinks out of finding things here yet.

sandymle 2010-04-15 23:52:19 -0500 Report

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Even more effective than a conventional drug in lowering blood sugar!

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