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5/10/12 9:11 A

I am near sighted in one eye and far in the other. My Rx are really hard to do. I used to pick close up (computer) over far. I don't have to hunt for my food so.....

Currently I am on the border for bi focals and so my close up is not as good. It has taken me over a year to get used to having to hold my phone away from me to read. I also can't pull out slivers or paint my nails.

You need a doc that will listen and work with you. It may also take a few visits to adjust everything.

5/10/12 8:46 A

I strongly believe in seeing ophthalmologists. Everyone 50 or older should see one at least for a baseline exam. If you are having problems like this, you should definitely. It sounds like you will need a field test that will give the ophthalmologist an idea of what you are really seeing, not just a vision exam reading. I have cornea dystrophy in both eyes and I also have glaucoma in both eyes. I have to see an ophthalmologist 2-3 times a year for checkups.

You don't want to chance losing your vision if you don't need to.

Not medical advice, opinion to consult professionals when in doubt.

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5/10/12 12:16 A

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Go to a new doctor.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
5/9/12 11:48 P

I've had terrible eyesight my whole life, but I had a marked change a few years ago in my middle vision area. It was just from getting older, not from diabetes. I've also got the progressive trifocals. I love 'em!

I wouldn't panic, but I'd definitely get a new eye doctor, following the suggestions about getting one who specializes in those with diabetes.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
5/9/12 10:11 P

I totally agree with Anarie, although, frankly, a good optometrist should be able to see any changes in your vision and make a targeted referral.

There's so much that can be going on, unknown, in our bodies and you can't rely on the professionals to always care as much as you do about your well-being. If you don't get the information and insight you need, keep asking and/or find a new provider.

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5/9/12 3:18 P

I agree with seeing an opthamologist. They are able to do a more thorough exam and find problems early. I have been on chemo going on 2 years now, and I found on my last exam, I have the beginning of a cataract in one eye, and I had no symptoms. I found out it's a side effect of the chemo. Right now they are just (no pun intended) keeping an eye on it; it's too small now to be causing any problems.

I just got my first pair of bifocals, (actually, trifocals) last year. I am near sighted, and the changes are age related. (I'm 48). They make them with no lines now, no one can tell I am wearing trifocals. So I picked out an awesome pair of frames and I'm rockin' em! They do take some getting use too, but I adjusted easily after a couple of weeks.

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5/9/12 1:23 P

I am almost 52, I did have an eye exam, even the one for maculear degeneration, he said my eyes were the time when I went to see him I didnt know I had diabetes.

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5/9/12 12:04 P

By the way, there are several Spark Teams for people with diabetes. Have you joined any of them? If you can find one that's very active, that would be a good place to ask this question; you'd be more likely to find someone who's had exactly the same experience.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
5/9/12 12:01 P

You should get an appointment with an opthalmologist (not an optometrist) and get a very thorough exam to make sure there's no damage to your eyes. There are eye doctors who specialize in care for diabetics, so ask your doctor, and if s/he doesn't know of any, start calling eye doctors. (And when you find an eye doctor who's a diabetes specialist, ask THEM for a recommendation for a regular doctor, because if your doctor didn't think to ask about your eyes and send you to a specialist, s/he doesn't know enough about diabetes to be your regular doctor anymore.)

The good news is that there's probably no connection between the prescription change and the diabetes. I don't know how old you are, but I'm guessing you're 40-ish, and around that time most people do have changes in their near vision. You probably just need bifocals-- although the eye doctor should have tested you for that. You may be just on the edge of needing them, though, and the stronger distance prescription makes it hard to see close when a weaker one would still allow it.

So definitely get a serious exam from an opthalmologist, but don't panic and assume you're losing your sight to diabetes. You're probably just "maturing."

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5/9/12 10:07 A

I was newly diagnosed with type 2 about a month ago, about 2 months ago I noticed my faraway vision was blurry, I went to my eye Dr thinking my Rx has changed, the Dr said it did, then changes my lenses, went to work and couldn't focus close up (Iam on the computer all day), that's when I made an appt with my reg Dr A week after that was when I was told about the diabetes(.I am going back in a few days to have them put old lenses back in my frames) Has anyone had vision issues, and did your vision become clearer ? Any info would be much appreciated.

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