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Amazing report from my opthalmalogist--in spite of my A1C and BP both going up recently for unknown reasons, the retinopathy in my eyes has completely healed! All GONE!

I couldn't believe it-- she was amazed too! LOL What a blessing! I'm definitely NOT going to complain--or take it for granted! LOL

My insulin doses and blood pressure medications have been duly adjusted to help me maintain the changes, and I've been given a green light on all fronts for upping the exercise-- FINALLY! lol

I do have FMS and lupus, so how much I can do will depend on the day, but it's so nice when things are going RIGHT for a change... I hope this kind of good thing happens for all of you too!

My mom was a big worrier, I caught it from her, but even she said it was
"a waste of time--especially when you could be doing something about it..."

...so don't worry, just do what you need to do. We'll all be here supporting and encouraging each other no matter what, and that's SO right...
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AMEN TO THAT FOR SURE!!
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I have had multiple surgeries to try to save my sight and one of the things my retinal surgeon told me is no more vigorous exercise. I can walk briskly but that's about it. No lifting weights, etc. After a lifetime of being active, it has been a bit of an adjustment to now be something of a couch potato!

Before you do anything, talk with the retina specialist. There is a lot that can be done to preserve/salvage sight, but once it's gone; it's pretty much gone.

Fear of loosing one's eyesight should be a fool-proof motivator to all diabetics to get and keep TIGHTEST possible control over their blood glucose level.

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call the retina specialist and ask what exercise you can do they will let you know and if not right then before the day is out
the lady mary

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there is no cause when there is no effect km

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last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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Tuesday I saw the retina specialist and he verified that I have some retinopathy. He was going to do the laser surgery then, but after the angiography said it wasn't to the point to do that yet and now I have to go see him every 3 months.

My question now is on exercise. To build strong muscles and bones you are supposed to do resistance training and I have some resistance bands and was going to either make some ankle straps for them or get the shorter ones for abduction and adduction. But I read an article on retinopathy and it said not to do resistance training or it would make it worse. I don't even know if what I do in the pool is okay in that case. Does anyone know? If I lose weight first, which will make my muscle tone go down too, would the resistance training still cause problems? I cannot get ahold of my doctor now and might have problems next week since I already have appointments elsewhere scheduled.

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Amen! We all have to keep on top of this!

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MY DAUGHTER WHO IS 39 IS ALSO A DIABETIC. 2 YEARS AGO SHE GOT A CATARACT ON LEFT EYE. THEN A FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT SHE GOT A CATARACT ON THE RIGHT EYE. OFCOURSE SHE NEVER TOOK CARE OF IT RIGHT AWAY. AND NOW 2 YEARS LATER IS NOW LEGALLY BLIND. SHE ALSO GOT DIABETIS RETINOPATHY. VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PHYSICIANS AND GET REGULAR CHECK UPS.

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Well, I'm so glad you went to the eye dr.
and everythings ok.

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Glad you got it checked out and that it is all OK

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I finally had my eye appointment this morning and found that I have some retinopathy changes, but they are not worried about them other than I should get it checked once a year. But the description of the smear spot he said could be floaters and I have to go back and see a retinal specialist. Plus I needed new glasses, so my friend paid for them since I don't have any money for even just the remainder after insurance. Now I am running around with sunglasses on for at least two days because I couldn't afford frames on top of the glasses. But the sunglasses are okay to see with enough that I can do things.

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get to the doc in the morning accept no excuses for them putting you off it's not their eyes for sure so they don't care) medicare covers those emergency eye exams all the emergency stuff is covered and if you find you have cataracts well medicare paid for my surgery and paid for the retinal detachment and the retinopathy and all the procedures to correct stuff,,the total for me was around 165,000 that was picked up and written off so get it done once you are blind nothing will help.. the ones for glasses once a year are the one a year limit get thee to the doc in the morning i am on medicare and they pay for my exams every three months and i fill out paperwork and the place generally writes off the rest of it and your supplement will pick this up this is NOT a routine exam my dear it is serious business here and your eyes are in jeopardy (and that's not playing games) as for the glasses there isn't anywhere where i have to pay more than 100 for any glasses no matter what the strength value vision and sears are always having sales on their glasses and i got last fall 2 pair for 99 look around google glasses and find the good price but get to the doc tomorrow don't be fooling yourself about your finger and stuff this time tomorrow i wanna hear what happened with the doc tomorrow
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Out of curiosity, the Medicare Part B says it will pay for diabetes eye exams once a year. I have a Medicare supplemental through the hospital that covers $200 for eye care. Would that $200 be on top of what Medicare B pays for the exam? I am just wondering if there is any way to get a $300-$350 pair of glasses (my lenses regular would be THICKER than a coke bottle bottom since they are almost that thick with the thinnest plastic ones they make).

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The first thing they ask when getting an appointment with the eye clinic is if a person is diabetic. I am pretty sure the tech discussed it with the eye doctor before she called me back since it did take a few hours before she called back. The pain I had is gone today and I have been seeing better some. I will call them back if it doesn't improve more. It just looks like I got my finger on one part of my glasses. I also had the start of a cataract the last two times I was at an eye doctor, so that may be the problem, too.

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What GREAT Team Work Folks. I'm Proud to be a part of this team...
Sarah and everyone else, GREAT advice.
FANCYQTR, I hope you have already called your Eye Dr. This is NOT a Waiting Matter...

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Do listen to all these warnings. I was just in my Ophthamologist's office a few weeks ago and a brochure there said more blindness is caused by macular degeneration than anything else. If you ask for help you will be amazed at how often you can get a break from a doctor. Please act now.



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Call your doctor or another doctor and tell them you are a diabetic. Offices do give you an appointment immediately once you mention diabetes.

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My eye doctor recommend taking bilberry plus lutein for my eyes. So far he has always said my eyes are looking healthy. emoticon
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I guess we are lucky in the UK because we get a yearly diabetic retinopothy screening for free on the NHS. It makes me feel safe. You may not have retinopothy, it could be a cataract, in any case they can do so much these days to help. Go and get it checked out.
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I agree with all the postings - get checked ASAP! Here is an FYI - I have found, whenever I call any doctor - I start with I am diabetic - and then state my issue - that has gotten me into see the doctor immediately. As soon as you tell them you are a diabetic, they don't fool around. Good luck - hope you find the answers you need.

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yep it's scary girl and i want you to be SCARED enough to get it done on monday morning first thing..YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT IT IS TO NOT SEE AS WELL AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUT THINK ABOUT NOT EVEN BEING ABLE TO SEE YOUR HORSES AND SEE YOUR HAND IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE
and know this for sure those high blood sugars are nasty as sarah says every time you are way up there there is damage to all your organ systems and the same for having the lows it kills off heart and brain and organ cells that you can't get back..the body is fined and we need to keep it that way the best we can daily
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there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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OMG, girl, the others are right. You are in an emergency situation and need to insist on being seen immediately!

I don't have macular degeneration (thank goodness!) but I have extreme dry eyes that do cause some stinging sensations, as well as some minor retinal bleeding and the beginning of cataracts... I use an eye gel drops several times a day, as well as a heavier gel at night, which helps a lot-- and other than the occasional blurriness, NONE of those conditions cause me the symptoms you describe.

Definitely past time for you to see a specialist!

Ask to talk to the doctor himself if you must, but get it done. Diabetes is the NUMBER ONE cause of blindness in adults in the nation.

Please please please just DO IT!

... and do keep us posted, we all want to make sure you get the care you need!

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FANCYQTR - Really, really try to NEVER ever let your blood glucose go above 140. Your eyes are too precious to risk.

Sometimes I wish that every diabetic on diagnosis would immediately be sent to volunteer for a week in a nursing home and see first-hand what awaits those among us who don't treat our diabetes for what it is: life threatening. I know it's fashionable to say "baby steps are good enough". But when you look at the outcome for folks with diabetes who haven't exercised without constant vigilance when it comes to control, you realize that a diabetes calls for immediate change in the way you approach food, exercise, and taking charge of one's own future.

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scary eye-opening discussion...and I do mean eye opening. I really didn't consider going over a few times to be that bad...now...well, I have to get serious about this. Each time I relax and think I'm just fine, I find out another thing to worry about. I am so thankful for this group and the great discussions here. Denial is a wide river (de Nile) hehehe.

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Most of my 2 hour post meal readings I have taken have been below 110. There were a few that were around 130, but not many. Those over 140 were less than 2 hours and after a root bear or a candy bar, which I don't have too often. I had the root beer because I couldn't get anything else to drink.

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FANCYQTR wrote: "My BGs usually don't go above 149 unless I eat a lot of sweets (which I know I'm not supposed to do and usually don't)."

If you have to wait to see a physician about your eyes until September, please be proactive and do everything possible to get your blood sugars under better control. 149 WILL cause damage and the next time you are tempted to eat ANY "sweets" ask yourself if eating it is worth your eyesight?

If you do not take vitamins specifically for eye health, start. If you have dry macular degeneration supplements the retina specialist or eye clinic will tell you to take are the only thing that has the chance of slowing down the progression of the disease.

For your sake, I hope your eye clinic called it correctly is saying that your symptoms (over the phone) sounded like dry eye. Whatever the outcome, hopefully your eye symptoms will serve as a wake up call to get the diabetes "beast" under the best possible control . . . with 2-hour post meal readings of 120 or below.

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if it were me i'd go and sit in their waiting room until they agreed to see me..having places in your eyes where you don't have vision is not from dry eyes and why should anyone there care it's not their eyes for sure
and if you intend to wait one of the things that relieves those dry eyes is washing the eyelids with warm water and no morer tears baby shampoo and placing a warm washcloth over those eyes four times a day
but if it were me i'm telling you waiting until september is a long time my friend
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I called the eye clinic (Opthamology at the hospital) and from the symptoms, the pain part of which I didn't think about yesterday, and my last visit they said they believe it to be from dry eyes, so to use liquid tears through the weekend and if it doesn't get better to call them back. I will also be keeping my appointment with them.

Thank you all very much.

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If you have an eye medical problem I do believe that erdicare will pay more than that for the visits and treatments but not usually the meds. I suggest you ask your local Medicare office or go to the Medicare website and you will find many questions answered there. My DH has eye problems but his medicare is for his age. If yours is for disability check in to it. Hope you are able to follow through on this it is so extremely important to your Eye Health Pat in Maine.

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All good advice. My father had macular degeneration and I am very much in the know and I keep on learning.
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Mary is correct - loss of central vision can be a symptom of macular degeneration, as well as other serious eye "issues". Bottom line, get to a first-rate retinal specialist as fast as possible. If you are near a medical school, call the dept. of opthamology and explain your symptoms. Do not delay.

In the meantime, get your blood sugar under the tightest possible control. ANYTIME your blood glucose goes above 140, you are incurring permanent damage to organ systems -- eyes being particularly sensitive.

In my case, my macular degeneration is independent of my diabetes. The loss of my eyesight to macular degeneration is misery enough; I sure don't want to develop diabetic retinopathy to add to the problem. And that's a darn good motivation to keep my blood sugar readings as close to normal as possible.

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YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION HERE AND IT ISN'T ABOUT GLASSES RIGHT NOW IT IS ABOUT SAVING YOUR VISION AND THAT IS AN EMERGENCY IT IS NOT ABOUT THE COST OF A NEW PAIR OF GLASSES BECAUSE IF YOU DO NOT GET THAT SEEN TO IMMEDIATELY YOUR VISION COULD BE GONE FOREVER AND NO AMOUNT OF GLASSES WILL HELP IT PLEASE SEE THE ER AND GET EMERGENCY SERVICE WITH AN OPTHALMOLOGIST NOT AN OPTOMITRIST..your vision depends on this for sure please don't hesitate
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Thank you all. I will try to get an appointment with my doctor tomorrow. I don't think I can do anything calling the eye clinic because I have to go to the county hospital. The Medicare will only pick up $200 for eye care and I cannot afford to get new glasses, either, as mine run over $300 because they are so thick I have to have the special thin plastic.

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Thanks Mary. So there you have it from the horses mouth, GET THEE TO THE ER!!

if I read you right Mary.

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go to the er and tell them it's an emergency and you need an eye doc pronto..those are the symtoms of macular degeneration and it needs to be seen now not down the road..not to scare you but i went through that year before last and was already in the opthalmology department on a regular basis for my diabetes your diabetes doc should know this and call for an immediate appointment for you mine did and before i got it all done i sat on the sofa blind for 5 months not being able to see anything but a blur and being deaf made the darkness much worse for me as i had no balance either
the good news well my vision is almost perfect again but i am in TIGHT CONTROL of both the blood sugars and the blood pressures and the wonderful opthalmologist who saw me the same day my endo sent me there and the retinologist wowee i can't thank him enough for never giving up on the problem my vision is virtually 20/20 right now both eyes but it costs the earth and they accepted what medicare pays..and the total for that next 18 months of running back and forth and not seeing and being in despair was to the tune of 165,000 almost yep a ton of money but you know i can see again and that was important as my only hearing is lip reading..it was like being on a merry-go-round constantly going too fast to see anything but a blur of colors..it can be done but macular degeneration it is impportant to get it now and not later they did a show on the early show several weeks ago i think..lots of new techniques but catch it while you can still see
hugs and continue to post daily so we can see what is happening and ask whatever questions you got..if no insurance there are ways to get it done but you gotta be active and put yourself out there for sure
the lady mary

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You've been given good advice. Insist on an emergency visit. The person answering the phone isn't a medical person so go beyond her.

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I am not sure what the symptoms are.

I would call back and ask nicely but firmly for an emergency appointment or at least be put on a cancellation list. Speak to a supervisor and tell them what is going on and that you are worried as your sight is decreasing!!!!!

I wish you the very best and let us know what is going on!

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Call your doctor and ask them and call the eye doctor and ask them, and Throw a fit if you have to, it might be an emergency and you won't know til they see you.

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Does anyone know if retinopathy affects the center vision or the outside vision more? I am having troubhe with seeing things close up, which I know is getting old, but also have a spot when I watch TV or something that I cannot see from the center of my eye. I called for an appointment at the Eye clinic, but can't get one until the end of September. I am getting worried because I am alone and have no way to get around if something happens to my vision. My BGs usually don't go above 149 unless I eat a lot of sweets (which I know I'm not supposed to do and usually don't).

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