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How often do you have eye examination

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by elie1102, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. elie1102

    elie1102 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hello, I am Type 1and my last HB1AC is 6.5 (two weeks ago). The previous one was 6.4 (10 month ago). I am feeling That my vision is a bit weak at night especially . Last eye exam I had was 10 month ago. My doctor told me no need for eye exam now and I should wait a year for the next exam. But I am feeling a blurred vision for far things especially at night. I am worried. Any Advice?
     
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    billiz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi elie1102 i think better speak to your optician they can advise u if u need to get it checked
     
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    jcummings68 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi elie1102, agreed with billiz. If you are experiencing any serious abnormalities, you should seek advice as soon as possible.
     
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    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you wear glasses?

    I get my annual diabetic screening as I'm sure you do, and since getting glasses (this year) have been advised to get them checked at the optician every 2 years.

    There's no harm in going if you're having issues. Tbh, even a basic examination at an Optician (Specsavers in my case) included photos of the back of the eye. So if you had any minor bleeds, damage, etc - they should be picked up during a routine exam at an Optician.

    Try not to worry though, your A1c isn't bad at all and you may just need an amended prescription (if you wear glasses) or a pair of glasses if you don't:)
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Go and see your Optometrist as soon as you can, better to be safe than sorry.

    I was on two year eye testing but will be starting a yearly visit to get them tested / checked. This on the advice from the eye specialist I see.
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @elie1102 . Was your last eye test 10 mths ago an eye test with an optician or a retinopathy eye screen test?
    If it was the latter then a visit to an optician is a definite. If it was at the opticians then I would just give them a call and explain that things have changed recently and you would like another test.
    Your hba1c would suggest that your control is good enough not to cause any eye problems.
    Good luck.
     
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    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I get the diabetic eye check annually and I also see the optician annually. The diabetic eye check people said everything is fine and the optician said I was beginning to develop a cataract in my left eye. She also asked if I was still driving which I am but I too find driving in the dark less enjoyable and I avoid it. I suppose the cataract and the night driving are linked.
     
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    SWUSA_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If your HBA1C has changed a lot since your exam 10 months ago your vision may have changed as well. Also some medications can make your eyes dry and change your vision a little. You may need a new prescription for glasses or contacts.

    Allergies make my vision blurry and my eyes dry in the fall and early winter. My ophthalmologist prescribed an allergy eye drop and one to increase moisture.

    I have two small cataracts noted at my last eye exam this summer and I am also finding driving at night much less enjoyable also. The glare from oncoming headlights is beginning to really bother me. My optician said the cataracts are really small and do not need to be treated yet but I will keep an eye on them.

    I advise getting your eyes checked-if nothing else it will be reassuring to know that they are alright. If you need eye drops or glasses you will find out.
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    I have my retinopathy test annually, and then see the optician every year or two for normal vision tests, but if you have any concerns do arrange a visit.
     
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