I Really Do Need New Glasses

March 26th, 2011 | Posted in Current Events, Misc | Comments Off

One of the many things that make being diabetic so much “fun” is the effect that it can have on your vision. I have learned that high blood sugar most definitely has an effect on your vision. In the last year and a half I have had several times when I found it easier to see at a distance when I looked through the bifocal part of my glasses than the normal part that is supposed to be for distance viewing.,

The problem with this is that it means that while the blood sugar is high you can’t be sure enough of the results of a vision test to have new glasses made. Ideally vision testing needs to be done when your blood sugar is stable and consistently between 80 and no more than 110 mg/dl.

For various reasons I’ve had trouble with achieving numbers like that for extended periods of time. Many times I’ve wished that the eye doctor could send me home with some kind of vision screener device that I could use to get daily readings of what my vision was like. This, in combination with normal daily testing of blood sugar could be used to figure out when my vision is stable enough to warrant getting new glasses.

More importantly of course is the fact that I’ve got to get my blood sugar down to a stable number, preferably below 125 mg/dl and then actually keep it there for extended periods of time.

It’s not just a little problem either. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness and one of the last things on Earth I want is that! I’m a very visual guy and on top of that, the main things I do, use a computer and make videos would be SO much more difficult without the ability to see what I’m doing.

Hopefully I’ll get some of that stability going soon.

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