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Monday, June 17, 2013

Went to eye doctor for a way overdue eye exam, it had been 5 years since my last one (I know, I know... I'm supposed to do it annually). What finally pushed me over the edge to get it done now was that I dropped my prescription sunglasses and they broke on the very first day I was in Hawaii on my vacation, what a tragedy that was, but I made do with a cheap pair, but it made things more fuzzy than ever, uggghhhhh.

I have noticed my vision has been getting continuously worse over the past few years but in the last 6 months it has really bothered me. I was rather excited to get new glasses, to update the old ones I have, to update my style a little bit, a more modern pair with some bling perhaps, lol.

He examined my eyes and told me that glasses would not help, nor correct what was wrong with me now....CATARACTS in both eyes, with my left eye being really bad. Cataracts, really????? I am too young for this, as the doctor pointed out, but he said there are many causes of cataracts, like Diabetes.

OMG.....Diabetes, really???? I made a lifestyle change over 4 years ago so I would not be unhealthy, how could I possibly have diabetes now????

Inquiry minds had to google that....apparently you can have Type 2 Diabetes with no symptoms, so I have scheduled a full physical with bloodwork to find out if I do have diabetes. It never crossed my mind that I would possibly have that, especially since I eat healthy and live a very active lifestyle. However it's not a total shock since just about everyone in my family has it. I hope everything turns out ok with that, will know something in a few weeks after all the appointments are complete.

WOW, talk about having a bomb dropped on you, a double whammy....cataracts and possibly diabetes.

I have appointment with another eye doctor this week to discuss my options....meaning cataract surgery, hoping to get this whole fuzzy eye problem taken care of real fast, not being able to focus properly is rather frustrating.

Diabetes is the main point of this blog....if you had not had a check-up in a while, please make sure to do so, ya never know, especially if you have a family history of it. Better safe than sorry.
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    Wow...that was interesting. Glad the glasses broke - and glad you will get them both checked out. Lots of great comments here. You have made amazing progress over the years. This will not get YOU down - I bet it makes you fight harder. Good luck with doctor.
    1732 days ago
    Sunglasses breaking turned out to be a good thing! Glad you are following up and also going for a complete physical. You've been focused on a new fit and healthy lifestyle, keep up with all annual appointments and take care of you. Good luck! emoticon
    1732 days ago
    DH found out he has cataracts now, but surgery not needed yet. Diabetes is not a death sentence as you are already making healthier choices in your life. Hope things go well for you at the doctors.
    1732 days ago
    Breaking your prescription sunglasses was a blessing in disguise. My eyes have been bad for years. I wear the cadillac of glasses, no line bifocal with transition lens. I have to tilt my head a certain way at night to be able to read the clock across the room if I wake up during the night. So poor vision both near and far. My husband has just recently had to start wearing cheaters and he looks to me for sympathy...LOL..Don't get too stressed from a side comment from your first opinion. Good luck!!!
    1733 days ago
  • SAMI199
    emoticon That is a real shocker-but I know you have already changed your lifestyle around-thank goodness. I hope you get good news from the docs.

    1733 days ago
    I got my first cataract in my mid 40's. It was the" youthful" kind as they grow really fast vs ones more older people get. Causes for the fast growing ones can be blows to the head or they have no clue why. Second one developed 52 and I just had it out. No signs or talk of diabetes with them. Only things health wise that has developed is low thyroid, gluten and diary intolerance. Google the kinds and you will see what they are talking about and which kind come with what diseases. it was very helpful to me to understand it bite before I saw the doctors.

    Do get your cataract surgery at the biggest place you can find. My first was done at a location that had 25 to 30 dr. and did surgery 5 + days a week. Moved out of state then went to a small location and the care just wasn't the same. Had pain for a couple of weeks. The first location used lots and lots of drops in the eye.

    If I could do it over I would have flown back to the big place and I would have gotten the lens that you need readers for. They talked me into fancy lens as they said I wouldn't need glasses any more. I can't see well and now need fancy glasses for every thing. I wish I had gotten distance vision only lens and just needed readers.

    I really under stand not seeing is no good. I pray that you have speedy answers to your questions. emoticon

    1733 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your problems.........I never thought about getting checked for diabetes but probably should.

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    Thanks for the heads up!
    1733 days ago
    Sure hope you get a clean bill of health instead of the diabetes diagnosis! Sending positive vibes. Good luck with the cataracts! I am developing them, too, but they are not to the point you describe.
    1733 days ago
    WOW! I'm glad you've caught it though and both can be treated if, in fact, that's the case. You've done so well, so just think if you didn't make the lifestyle changes you made! Keep it up. You can do it! Keep us posted as to your doctor's appointments. I want to know 'cause I care!!! emoticon
    1733 days ago
    You are also blond with fair skin and more than likely blue or hazel eyes. That makes you something like 10x more likely to have cataracts at a younger age. My grandfather had cataracts removed at 50. He never had diabetes. So it could just be the odds against you. You're smart to get a full physical. Make sure you do a fasted glucose test and ask what you need to do to prepare. My former doctor gave no instructions. New doctor was very specific to not eat after 9pm - I had to be 12 hours fasted or the results would be flawed. I'm sorry your eyes are going fuzzy. I hope that's all you have to contend with!
    1733 days ago
    The good news is that diabetes can be well managed through diet and exercise so it's not like you'll have to make huge lifestyle changes if you are diagnosed - you might just have to go on pills or insulin. But what an unpleasant surprise.
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    wow double whammy is right. Hope they don't find diabetes but if they do know that it can be managed. Good luck.
    1733 days ago
    Oh wow!! I hope your doctor visits works out for you!! emoticon
    1733 days ago
    Sending well wishes your way! I'm having the fuzzy vision thing so I guess I better go get checked out too :(

    1734 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear this! I hope everything works out for you!
    1734 days ago
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