I didn’t get type 1 until I was 30 (2002) and saw an eye doc for the first time since junior high (!) when I was 33 (2005). All was fine. Wheh. Well, I moved to Germany last year and everything got turned upsidedown and delayed and so I’m just today seeing an eye doc again, two years after that first and only post-diagnosis exam. This is my first exam in Germany, too, so the language barrier will be… uh… fun.
I’m actually freaked out. The eye doc now scares me about as much as the dentist. And I have some questions for others out there because it seems almost like retinopathy is a given at some point. It always seems that even the long-timers who say they have “no complications” end up commenting that they have had “two little eye surgeries”. (That’s a complication to me.) Does anyone NOT get eye probs? Does anyone get them right off the bat? I would really like to know…
1. Have you had any retinopathy or other diabetes-related eye problem?
IF YES, how long had you had diabetes when this was discovered?
Again, IF YES, how was your control in the few years prior?
I hopefully don’t have any probs. Eeek. Will find out in 3 hours. I’ve had T1 for almost 6 yrs and a1c’s have always been under 7.