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Yes… I actually did see the eye doctor.

That’s the message I can finally give my endocrinologist when she asks me in January. I needed to find a new ophthalmologist since I had reservations about the doctor I had been seeing before. No major complaints, but I felt that he just wasn’t thorough enough in examining my eyes. And when you’re talking about the eyes of someone who has lived 25 years with Type 1 diabetes, thorough is what you want.

So I moved on. I found a new ophthalmologist, in my neighborhood which is a plus, and I went to see him last week.

Verdict? I’m not so excited about the ophthalmologist, though he’s not bad. He doesn’t know the first thing about diabetes beyond asking “how are your numbers?”. Despite that, I think we started on good footing. I felt he was listening to me. And I really like his assistant, who seems to know a lot and has some grasp of diabetes too. She’s one of those assistants who seems to do all the work, then turns it over to the doctor to gild the lily, whatever that means.
At the end, I wound up with a new prescription, which I hope will help me see stuff on the computer better. And most importantly, after a thorough exam, there were no signs of retinopathy, glaucoma, or cataracts. I’m good for another year.

It’s a good feeling. A good feeling to get good news from the eye doctor, and a good feeling to know that I’m finally taking care of some of that regular maintenance I’ve been putting off for a while. More to come…

I’m not saying this is a brand new me. I am saying that knowing what’s going on with my health beats worrying about what’s going on with my health anytime.

A New Vision.

Sorry about the drifting eye there... it's the only photo we got of my new glasses

Sorry about the drifting eye there… it’s the only photo we got of my new glasses

…….I still can’t get over what’s going on with my right eye in that photo.

Anyway, it looks like I have a new ophthalmologist.

My previous eye doctor moved his practice. I would’ve been happy to follow him to his new office. But he also stopped accepting insurance of any kind, and that meant I needed to find someone new.

After procrastinating on it for too long (two years between appointments… I know), I called and made an appointment with someone that my endocrinologist recommended. It turns out he was terrific.

There was an initial exam and the obligatory pupil dilation with an assistant, and then it was time to see the doctor himself. We spoke briefly before the main exam. I told him that I thought it might be time for bifocals(!), which I had shunned with my previous eye doctor before. My previous glasses were all about being able to see at a distance, but the fine print on pill bottles and on printed pages was becoming more difficult to see now. We also talked briefly about the big things that everyone with diabetes worries about: retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

The good news is that I show no signs of either. That’s what I’ve heard at every exam for the 22-plus years that I’ve been living with Type 1 Diabetes, but it’s still a huuuuge relief when I hear those words.

As for my eyesight in general, I’m told that I’m showing a relatively normal weakness that comes with a 51 year old pair of eyes that sit in front of a computer all day. In the end, instead of winding up with bifocals, I’m in a pair of progressive lenses. They come with an adjustment period, which I’m going through right now. When things are in focus, wow, I see well. When they aren’t, well, it’s taking some time to dial it all in. I’m told things will be this way for a couple of weeks until my brain adjusts to what it’s seeing through these new lenses.

As for the frames… To be honest, I’m a cheapskate. My last three or four pairs of glasses were all of the $39.99 Cheapo variety. This time, I decided to put a crowbar in my wallet and look for something that had a little style as well as function. As far as glasses go, this is a big departure for me.

I’m on the schedule to have my next visit with the eye doctor at this time next year, because you should always get your eyes checked once per year by a medical professional and never put it off.

Now, if I can just fix that crazy wandering eye thing…

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