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The Eyes Have It

Posted by on 22 July 2008
Eye Chart

Eye Chart

 Today is the day of my diabetic eye exam.  I can’t even begin to say how much I dislike them.  I can’t stand my eyes being dilated.  Every bit of light bothers me.  I get “car sick” coming home.  The doctor says it’s just because my pupils are so far open and I basically “see too much”.  There’s no way to focus on what’s going past me.  When I got home, I ate some lunch and then took a nap.  Usually that’s the best way to restore my vision.  Gives them a chance to relax and do what they need to do.

The good news is, the doctor says there’s no damage from the diabetes.  He said they look perfect.  My vision was just fine.  

In August, Miss K and I go in for our regular eye exams.  We’ll see what he has to say.  I’m quite sure he’ll concur!! 


9 Responses to The Eyes Have It

  1. Laura

    Teaching the blind and multihandicapped I know how watchful you have to be about your eyes and diabetes takes it’s toll on them. I hope they don’t have to dilate them again in August! :O

  2. Debbie

    Is your vision back yet? Dilation hasn’t bothered me in the past. But that’s going back a few years. I think I’m due for bi-focals **sneer**, so I don’t know how it will work out for me when I go. Glad you got a clean bill.

  3. armyfamilyok

    They’ve never dilated them on the regular eye exam. They’re sort of “high tech”. They have this machine that you put each eye up to, look at a balloon and you even get to push the button that takes the picture of about 4 angels of each eye.

  4. armyfamilyok

    It’s pretty close to normal. One eye is still dilated more than the other. Drives me nuts!! LOL

    I don’t wear glasses. I have reading glasses, but that’s all I use them for and they’re the lowest prescription there is. I try to look anyplace else other than reading and I can’t see…..blurry!!

    I’m sure my day is coming. Almost everyone on both sides wears glasses and kiddo already has them.

  5. Dr Bearden

    I’m happy to hear that you got your Diabetic Eye Examination. Diabetic eye problems often do not cause symptoms in the early stages so its extremely important to have your eye doctor examine your eyes at least every 12 months since Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in the US.

    I know that dilation is not the most comfortable thing in the world but, it is the most effective way that the eye doctor can look into your eyes to examine for diabetic eye issues that you may be unaware of.

    Some doctors have drops that reverse the dilation sooner (but they make your eyes very red for a few hours), also be sure to have your doctor take photographs of the inside of your eyes – either with a retinal camera or with an Optomap (which can be done without dilation…but, the doc gets a clearer and more detailed view WITH dilation).

    Let me know if you have any questions – I’d be happy to answer them for you!!

  6. Elaine

    I’m honored that a Dr. came to visit my blog.

    Thanks for all the advice about my eyes. I keep up with it very closely. I have no intention of losing my sight for stupidity. I actually consider myself lucky since everyone in my family has glasses and I only need them for reading. More and more, I can read less and less without them though. This screen is fine, even at quite a distance. Don’t put a book or newspaper right in front of me though. My arms can’t stretch far enough!!

    As for the other eye exam, I have one of those tomorrow. The diabetic eye exam is seperate from a regular eye exam. Our eye doctor (I don’t attempt to spell their technical name) does the photo of the inside of the eye. It’s all part and cost of the exam. I think he’s very good.

    Thanks again and I’ll comment back here if I do have any questions or concerns!!

  7. Dr Bearden

    I like to visit people’s blogs when they talk about eye exams – its great to get the patient’s perspective on how the whole eye exam thing works for them and their thoughts on everything. It helps me be a better doctor for my patients. I’ve learned a lot reading blogs!!

    That is great that you like your eye doctor and that he is doing the pictures of the inside of your eyes. Yearly diabetic eye exams and follow up are very important and can save your sight.

    There is a really good video about Diabetes and Diabetic eye exams on my blog….you can view it at if you want to.

    Take care of yourself and your peepers!

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