After 31 years with T1D, I have my first complication. I was told at my eye doctor appointment earlier this week that I have the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy.
It has taken me a few days to process this information. It’s been so long with T1D and no complications…31 years…3/4 of my life…that I almost felt like I was immune to them. (Yes, I do realize that this is delusional, but I saw it more as being optimistic…). Anyway, I was in shock when I was told and a bit depressed.
I am now trying to pull myself out of this funk and think a bit more about it. My ophthalmologist told me that it was the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy, that it was minor and doesn’t require treatment, and not much else. When I asked her what I should do, she just told me to keep my blood sugars under control. She said that she doesn’t need to see me again until my usual annual appointment in a year.
Does this sound reasonable? Should I not be checked again before a year? I also found her advice to be somewhat unhelpful… “control” is, I think, a bit subjective. I think that my control is decent, but a far cry from from the superb control that many on this forum have. My last A1C was 6.5. My endo has been happy with that, but is that enough?
Any advice is appreciated.