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Topic Title: Eye exams for Type 1 teenager
Created On: 01/13/2009 09:52 PM
 01/13/2009 10:01 PM

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Hi SuperMom!

Does she wear glasses already or has she been complaining about having problems seeing the chaulkboard or the TV? Depending on your answer - perhaps talking to your healthcare provider might be a first step. I wish I could remember to when I was 12 - when I first started to have vision problems if I was having headaches - but I don't think I did (giving my sponge brain a good test here <lol>). It wasn't related to diabetes. The next step after that would probably be for you to have her get an eye examination. Here in Canada they tend to run around $50 CDN - so probably is about the same in the US or abit less - and maybe covered by your medical insurance. It isn't here in the province I live in - only if you are under the age of 18 or over 65 - I'm inbetween <lol>. I get my eyes examed every 6 months as well - but the recomendation for diabetics is every year. And yes, you will get used to the new "normal" of living with diabetes - you both will!! Take care.

If she's been having some bad lows or highs - that sometimes can bring on headaches. I know for myself - when I was high - I would experience headaches at times - more in the morning when I woke up due to having not checked my BG before retiring to bed - and not taking a correction bolus.

Hope this helps. BTW, what age is your daughter if you don't mind me asking? I was 7 when I was diagnosed.
 01/13/2009 09:52 PM

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Is a yearly eye exam sufficient for a teenage type 1 diabetic? My daughter has been complaining of headaches recently and I'm wondering if it could be vision-related. Of course it's probably not diabetes-related but of course that's the first place my mind wanders when she has a new symptom. Eventually we'll get used to the new "normal" of living with diabetes.

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