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RE: Subject: [IP] Re: Eye Problems

Hi Kristen!
 I was beginning to wonder the same thing! I have been going to an OPTHAMOLOGIST
once a year for as long as I can remember, at lest the past 15 years. Personally
speaking, an optometrist would be a waste of my time. I have had "dot blot"
spots on my retinas since I was about 13 or 14 and those haven't changed much
until the past few years (I've been D. for 24 yrs now). Once I became pregnant
almost 5 months ago, my opthamologist referred me to a retinologist to monitor
me since I learned that retinopothy can develop faster during pregnancy.
 Sure enough, I'm having initial laser treatments on my eyes to try and nip any
new blood vessel growth before it gets bad. I have my 4th and hopefully FINAL
procedure next Friday and then hopefully he'll just monitor me from that point
 So, I don't really understand the optometrist factor or the 3-5 yr visit gap to
see an opthamologist except for maybe if you are a really young and somewhat
recently diagnosed D. I know kids don't necessarily need to have such close tabs
kept on them so early in the game but once I hit my teens it was every year to
the opthamologist!
--janet (Dx @ age 3, 8/78; pumping H-tron+ since 6/00)
-----Original Message-----
From: Kristen Olgren [mailto:email @ redacted]

>>Am I the only one who was told to see an Ophthalmologist every YEAR?  I was
told that Retinopathy was not something an Optometrist was qualified to
recognize, and it wasn't something to mess around with.  Should I begin to
develop problems, my Ophthalmologist would refer me to someone more qualified
than herself.

It is funny how we get differing instructions on what is necessary.  My eye
doctor, also, will occasionally tell me she wants to check something sooner
than the coming year and ask me to come in sooner.  (For instance, she checks
me at least twice per pregnancy.)

dxd 1985, pumping since 1990<<
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