Friday, March 09, 2007

no news is good news

Besides my endo, I also love my eye doctor. Amazingly, she's not an opthalmologist, but you know what? I insisted on seeing only doctors for years, and not one of them ever did anything for me. I'd tell them about my severe dry eyes, my headaches, my nausea, and they just gave me a bored face and said there was nothing they could do. Here's your prescription, now get out. Whereas my optometrist has been absolutely amazing! She said of course there were several treatments for dry eyes, she figured out why I was having headaches and nausea in less than 10 minutes, and at one point she said, "oh, I wrote my thesis on that!" Yes! Oh, and my endo thought it was perfectly alright for me to see her.

So after many appointments with her for the above, today I had my diabetic eye exam and my last appointment for the next year. I had a dilated eye exam four years ago (before I was diabetic), so I wasn't expecting anything. She didn't find anything diabetes-related, but she did say I have some thinning of the retina, which happens in really near-sighted people but diabetics need to keep more of an eye on it. She was really surprised that the thinning wasn't at least mentioned to me after the last exam. I was and I wasn't, if you know what I mean...

3 comments:

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Hang on to that eye doc, the non- opthamologist one! I am really happy for the good news

Megan said...

Cool. I didn't know optometrists can do dilated eye exams.

Lili said...

Chrissie - I will certainly try!

Megan - I didn't, either. I also know they tell diabetics never to see one, only an opthalmologist. Certainly my experience with optometrists in the past was overwhelmingly negative. My housemate saw this one first, though, so she was very highly recommended. She just started her practice, so maybe the training is better these days, or she just went to a really good school? I recently found out she's the same age as me! Eek!