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8/20/14 1:17 A

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I have an eye doctor appointment tomorrow so will ask what eye problems are caused by high blood sugars.
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8/19/14 1:07 P

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I know of the retinopathy problems and the blurred vision and even cataracts can come from diabetes. Does anyone know if macular holes or retinal tears can be caused by it? They told me that they are caused if you are severely near sighted (I am), but wonder if diabetes would have an effect, too.

My 6 month check on the macular hole/retinopathy is coming up next month. Then in November for the cataract from the gas used after the macular surgery. I hope the retinopathy doesn't get worse. Before that the specialist said that usually retinopathy doesn't get worse when you are that near sighted.



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8/8/14 3:01 A

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I am due for my six month eye exam.The eye specialist for diabetics was very pleased with the last eye exam.I have spots behind the eyes that may need to lazered.
He told me to keep doing what am doing.And that is exercising with spin classes,weight machines and walking.Also following Weight watchers.I do hope I have the same result this time.Pat when I fell on the sidewalk in Sept.2012 I needed 3 pins put in my broken hand.I thought the surgeon read my health history (diabetic).I then needed both wrists and elbows operated on from a compressed nerve in both elbows.When the second surgery was to take place I screwed up and ate jelly candies the day bf.Cancelled.The nurse flipped out when she found I never mentioned to the doc I was diabetic.Point is yes you heal slow.Working on it still.

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8/7/14 10:44 P

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This was a good topic. I am very aware that high blood sugar does indeed change the eye health. Diabetic retinopathy was one of the topic covered in my diabetic counselling.
If you read diabetic newsletters or even look on the internet you will be surprised it is the numbers we MUST be aware of. There is a long list I have gathered from Dr. visits.
Before hand surgery I was asked about diabetes, I thought he just wanted the number. Then he told me sometimes people with diabetes are apt to heal slower than non-diabetics.
EDUCATE yourself in order to know the consequences of high blood glucose.
It can be damaging to organs and tissues. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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8/6/14 7:01 P

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Appreciate the info everyone.

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I have had my eyes checked yearly for diabetic retinopathy but never related acuity to blood sugar levels. I just checked out fine at my latest optometric exam: no changes in acuity and my far away vision had improved slightly. Lately my blood sugar has been running high and my vision has been a little fuzzy at times.
I appreciate the information especially about levels above 140. I had never heard that.

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8/6/14 4:12 P

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The great news is that this type of vision loss seems to be reversible if the cause is dealt with swiftly. My eye doctor told me last year that the damage might regress, just as it has done. Getting glucose numbers under good control is the key, it seems. Plus, getting under control has made me just generally feel better with less fatigue, etc.

No reason to be scared, just take care of it. Many opinions here and elsewhere on how to get in control, find what works for you and do it! Good luck.

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8/6/14 1:30 P

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OH yes! Anytime the blood sugar is over 140, there is damage done to the CV and neurologic pathways. That includes the eyes.

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8/6/14 1:03 P

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Wow,
I had no idea that vision and blood sugar levels were even related. I will research this for sure.

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Boy, am I glad to hear this because I am now where you were a year ago. Add in that I'm scared senseless.

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8/6/14 11:08 A

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About a year ago I was diagnosed with type 2. A1C was 7.5 at the time. A few weeks later, I had an eye exam, and my eye doctor asked if I'd had my sugar checked since my right eye had lost 3/4 diopter of acuity. I complimented him on his observation.

Now, most of the time, I'm averaging 114 glucose readings, indicating I should have an A1C around 5.6 next visit. And at my eye exam yesterday, I have regained the acuity in my right eye, and my left eye has improved, as well! Weaker glasses for me!

Amazing what a little control can do.

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