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Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by lesleyann, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. lesleyann

    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hi I went for my eye test last week and failed the field test 3 times could this be serious? I have no idea and have to see another eye specialist.
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    What sort of test - is it the one where you click when you see the bright spot?
     
  3. lesleyann

    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yes you fix on the red dot then click for all the white dots
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I have that (supposedly) every six months as I was thinking about having laser eye surgery, and the clinic found I had raised pressure in one eye.
    They referred me, through my GP, to hospital eye consultant.
    That eye test is to check if your peripheral eye vision is worsening, which can be a symptom of glaucoma. Maybe other things too. You might have been referred to check the pressure in your eyes.
    I'm tagging @Dark Horse as he seems to know about these things.
     
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  5. lesleyann

    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    thank you
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    You are welcome. Glaucoma can be a serious eye condition, but only when it's not treated, as in many developing countries.
    But it can be treated here.
     
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    Lazybones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Loss of the outer peripheral vision is usually the result of having raised eye pressure (Glaucoma) and frequently goes completely un-noticed by the individual for many years before finally being discovered.
    It's only when a eye test is properly conducted, and which measures eye pressures and/or periphal field vision that Glaucoma is found.
    The good thing to come out of this is that it has been found, and that your eyes are scheduled to be examined by an qualified eye specialist rather than a high street optician who in my experience differ considerabily in competence. .
    Having raised eye pressures (Slow acting Glaucoma and not sudden Glaucoma) means that changes to the eye/s have taken place gradually over a lengthy time period and in most cases the individual isn't aware that their sight has been deteriorating until thy are examined by a competent optometrist and/or a peripheral field test is undertaken.
    Glaucoma can generally be treated successfully using the correct type of eye-drops that an eye specialist would prescribe, however I should also be truthful and mention that the former damage to the outer peripeheral area of the retina is often perminant and at best can be prevented from worsening.
    Incidemtally the annual eye checks for retnopathy that we diabetics get each year is no substitute for having a proper FULL eye examination. The current test is purely designed to pick up on diabetic retnopathy only, though sometimes they have been known to spot some other OBVIOUS eye dissorders when the photographs are closely examined.
    If you are registered as being diabetic, then you are entitled to receive a full eye examination by a qualified optician who will examin your eyes for many potential eye conditions. It used to be yearly, but I think it's now been made bi-yearly purelt to save the NHS money. Someone may be able to confirm this.
     
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    #7 Lazybones, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for the information it helps a lot
     
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    Have you had any laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy (as that can affect the field test)? As others have said, glaucoma is a common cause of 'failing' a field but there are other causes. You'll probably need to take another (more detailed) field test in the hospital eye service (take your distance glasses with you) and have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist before the cause can be identified.
    http://www.westernsussexhospitals.n...ment-information-sheet-Visual-fields-test.pdf

    If it does turn out to be glaucoma, it's a disease which progresses very slowly and can be treated to prevent progression, usually with eye drops.

    Thanks to @Prem51 for the tag.
     
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  10. lesleyann

    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    thank you I have not had any problems before except needing reading glasses. you have put my mind at rest thanks
     
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    tayelola Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been using reading glagsses prescribed by an optometrist for quite a while until I was finally referred to an opthalmologist about ten years who diagnosed glaucoma. The condition is being managed with eye drops.
     
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    lesleyann Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you hopefully will get sorted once ive seen eye doctor
     
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    tsouza Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was operated for cataracts in both the eyes 2 years back. But since a month back I have been feeling a clouded vision, more during some hours of the day. I am not a regular alcohol drinker. Could it be due to diabetes? The BG during past 3 months has been below 200 mg. During most of the day average BG is between 100-150.
     
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