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[IP] Retinopathy

Subject: [IP] What is retinopathy like?

I need some help providing some concrete reassurance for my daughter . . .
She got glasses in January (her father & I both wear glasses, as do all of
our parents and siblings so I always just assumed she'd need them
eventually).  She's having trouble seeing the board at school again and so
need to get her in for another eye exam.  I remember when I first got
(at about her age) that I needed new Rx's fairly frequently at the beginning
. . .

ANYWAYS, yesterday she asks me:  "Mom, how do I know that it's not because
I'm getting that thing with my eyes (meaning retinopathy)?" . . . I've
already run through all the reassurances I can think of:  she hasn't had
diabetes long enough (not quite 2 years), the opthalologist already checked
her retinas in January and pronounced them healthy and normal, her control
very good (a1c's in the sixes) . . .

Now, of course I'm going to be getting her into the eye docs as soon as
possible for a new Rx, but after talking with her it's clear that right now
the one complication that she worries about is  retinopathy (and "ending up
blind") -- and that one way I can help her with this is to be able to give
her a description of how someone with retinopathy can tell they have
retinopathy (i.e. how your eyesight changes).  I already told her that even
if she were to start developing retinopathy that getting her eyes checked
regularly means that it would be caught long before she could notice any
difference in her vision, but she insists that she wants to know what it's
like for someone who has retinopathy to the point that it has begun to
their vision . . . Can anyone out there help me with a description of what
they've experienced?

Pumpmama to Katie
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Lyndy: Glasses are not a sign of eye disease. The cornea is too thick in the
wrong place,nearsigtedness, usually developmental or too thin,
farsightedness. As bs fluctuates there can be increases or decreases in
nearsightedness or farsightedness. eassure Katie that glasses do not mean
there is eye disease. Retinopathy can present as blurring of vision. Get her
examined by an ophthalmologist who is a specialist in retinal dieases. He
can reassure her. Girls frequently have increases in myopia in their teens.
this is secondary to lens changes and corneal changes which are not diseases
but are part of normal development of the eye.
A. L. Bender, M. D.
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