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[IP] Eye Docs

 I go to an opthalmologist every year, and I know that he does a good job of
checking for diabetes induced problems. Not only reinaopathy,
 but also small cateracts and such. My opthalmologist even gets repors on my
A1C's from my PCP so he knows what is going on.

 Like you, I have no vision problems, so the only reason I go is to watch for
diabetes complications. Now there is a difference between an
 optomitrist and an opthalmologist, so you want to make sure you get the right
type of office. And make sure that the doctor knows why
 you are there. If they don't do a dialated eye exam, or at least use one of
those fancy new retinal scanners, they they aren't looking for
 the right things. Also make sure they watch for those small cateracts that we
diabetics sometines get.

 Like you I have (and HATE) Aetna insurance, but I have never had a problem
getting this paid for.

Good Luck


> Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 06:01:29 -0800 (PST)
> From: Mary Nosir <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V7 #650
>  Last year when I went for my annual eye exam I was told by the retina
 > specialist that I dont need to see a retina specialist because I dont have
 > damage to my eyes yet. He said that I could see an opthalmologist instead.
 > do you guys think? I don't wear glasses so I never had to go to the eye
 > until I developed type 1 back in 1997. A nurse that I worked with who had
type 1
> told me that I should be careful in selecting an eye doctor because the
 > opthalmologist she went to didnt pick up on the changes in her eyes and she
> a hemorrhage and now is blind in one eye. Do opthalmologists really check for
 > bleeders? I had been to other retina specialists in Ky and Cincinnati and
 > never said I dont need to come to a specialist. I live in Baltimore now and
 > was a retina specialist here who says I dont need to come there. Perhaps he
 > just disappointed with the reimbersement rate of my Aetna HMO. You guys seem
> know a lot about eyes so let me know what !
>  you think.
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