Okay had my eye appt yesterday, 2 different scans, 2 lots of stingy eye drops (that lasted well over 6 hours, wonderful starbursts when we went out in the car last night).
The result is I have 2 small background changes, 1 in each eye, that's the good news. The bad news is they're in a bad place, i.e the centre of the macular so if they worsened they may affect my sight. He said they were so small that he was discharging me back to the normal annual retinopathy check, phew.
He was so nice I decided to ask a lot of questions and he was very willing to answer them. I'd been confused over the conflicting results of past retinopathy checks, where one minute I have small background changes, next test they're gone, next test they're back but in a bad place, next test they're gone again, last test I now have maculopathy
He explained it as the blanket term for all these eye issues is retinopathy but if the changes are near the centre of the back of the eye then it's maculopathy too. The reason I had so many conflicting results is down to the different technicians and their different interpretations of the results of the tests but basically if they think there's anything to worry about they refer you to the eye clinic which is where I ended up yesterday.
He asked me if my D is well controlled and I said it is at the moment but he didn't ask for any details so I don't think the question was worth much, after all how many peeps are going to admit their control is poor? What about all the peeps whose GP tells them 'everything is fine' when their A1c's are 85? I've lost count of the amount of type 2's I've met who have no idea what their A1c's are and have no interest in finding out
Anyhoo good news, and although it's not possible to reverse these changes I have at least if I keep my BG's down they won't get any worse