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Re: [IP] Retinopathy.

1) Some types of retinopathy affect vision while others don't - macular 
edema (a type of background retinopathy) can cause blurriness, but I have 
had proliferative retinopathy for about 10 years. Most of that time it has 
not affected my vision at all...the only time I can tell there is anything 
wrong with my eyes is when a vessel bleeds and then I can see the blood 
floating in my visual field.

2) For as long as I can remember I have seen a retinal specialist for my 
diabetic retinopathy, as well as a separate ophthalmaologist for my regular 
eye care/glasses prescriptions, etc. They do send each other reports each 
time they see me so they both are informed about what's goig on with my 
eyes.  For myself I would not feel comfortable/confident seeing a regular 
ophthalmologist for my diabetic retinopathy.

FWIW, my insurance doesn't cover routine eye care/prescriptions/etc but 
they DO cover my retinal specialist and everything for retinopathy.

Betsy, age 34, Type 1 27 years, Disetronic 6 yrs, on third pregnancy with
pump and due in June.
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