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[IPk] Retinopathy (was Re: Chilren with pumps)

Dear Carmel,

Did you recently improve your control?  Improved control is (ironically
enough) a trigger for diabetic retinopathy (mine developed when I was
able to start measuring my blood glucose, and hence improved my
control).  It's one reason why everyone starting the pump should see an
eye specialist soon after.

My eyes don't seem to have been affected by the improved control from
the pump.

Have you been given laser treatment yet?  It's not nice ... you have to
stare at a flashing - which sounds ok, but is wearying, and after you
feel bruised.  In my case, it's been very effective - and while there
have been some downsides (loss of quality of colour vision, not being
able to see both near and far with one pair of glasses, and poor night
vision), I still see well enough to drive.  

As to the attitude of the doctors ... well, I guess they don't realise
the impact of what they say. 

Best wishes,

dm 30+, 508 5months+, not wanting to file her heap of photocopying!)

Pat Reynolds
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