I had my first ophthalmologist appointment over the summer which I wrote about. What I didn’t write about is that I was told to wear vision correction, given a slip with my prescription and sent on my way – into very bright light.
I’ve never ordered glasses on my own and with not needing full time correction in the past, I didn’t have a clue how to order contacts. Everyone I know who wears them has had an optometrist’s office to help walk them through, get trials and order glasses. I felt a little lost. When I finally decided (and set a deadline) for getting started with contacts, a very nice lady at my ophthalmologist’s office explained the process to me, but I opted to schedule a contact fitting appointment at Costco’s optical department since I’ll be ordering contacts from there.
In August, I was pronounced complication-free in my eyes. At my fitting last week, the optometrist discovered a bleed in one of my eyes. He didn’t even have to dilate my eyes to see it.
I’m sure that a lot of people will tell me that one bleed isn’t terrible and honestly I can’t do a lot about it that I’m not already doing (like consciously trying to manage blood sugar levels). It’s just disheartening that after only 16 months, I’m experiencing a “complication” of diabetes.
Since the find, I started reading more in-depth on diabetic eye complications and I’ve been completely freaked out. Chalk that up to more motivation to get graphs like this one:
One thing that really impressed me though is that the doctor who found the bleed is sending the information from my exam to my ophthalmologist’s office so that it can be tracked in my chart.
Note added 12/12/12: On my follow-up visit today, my bleed appeared to be a third the size that it was on Friday meaning that my eye is healing itself fairly quickly.
The last time I went to the eye doctor was my freshman year of college. My optometrist at the time said I didn’t need to come back until I graduated…. so I waited a year after that and made an ophthalmologist appointment for yesterday.
They did not do the annoying puff test to check my interocular pressure… they did the touch test. I think that was freakier and more unpleasant. I also felt nothing.
This was the first time that I’ve ever had my eyes dilated as well, so it was strange, really strange. A different person did my regular eye exam and the ophthalmologist came in after my pupils had overtaken my eyes. I tried not to be offended when he said, “I see that the main reason you’re here is because of diabetes, now you’re type 2?” He made the sweeping assumption that because I was diagnosed in my 20s that I was type 2. (Also: Um read my chart? It should clearly say type 1, my eyes are dilated, not yours.) I corrected him and he asked what my last blood sugar reading was as well as my a1c.
At the end of my appointment, he said out loud while he wrote, “Insulin-dependent diabetic: No eye complications. Benign freckle* on left eye.” I wouldn’t be me without something slightly strange written on my chart.
I left the office with a prescription for new glasses and I had my shades on by the time I hit the all-glass lobby of the medical building. My pupils remained crazy big when I went to bed last night (they put the drops in around 4:15pm).
Today is just strange.
- I put on a new pod last night and it’s bolus beep just sounds weird. Maybe even strangled. Although I appear to be receiving the correct amounts of insulin.
- I may or may not have just used bandaids to secure the adhesive on this Dexcom sensor to make it last until tonight when I can change it.
- I go for my first dilated eye exam today… and probably will have the puff of death test as well. I hate that thing.
Is anyone else having a strange day today?