Hi Gina - I went to my eye doc on the 4th and he did find some background retinopathy as well. I've had T1 for close to 30 years and I considered it a win. When I first found out I had some background noise, as I call it, I was scared and angry that here's another thing we T1's have to deal with. Every year I go back, some heal up, some new ones show up. I searched for the best guy in my area that is under my plan and I happened upon a guy in Beverly Hills - I figured, he's got the best equipment, will sit and talk to me about it, show me results and most importantly was under my plan so I didn't care where he was or the 'oh, he's in Beverly Hills' reaction I would get. He had some new machine there and it would take multiple pictures - this was on top of the normal dialate and look in the back of the eye stuff. He showed me the results and one some of these looked like the 1/4 moon pic of the retina and the layers of it. What I liked about it was that it was different than a normal picture of the retina - it made it a two dimentional pic that my brain could understand - more for the patient to understand. He showed me the really small dimples and the various stages it could go to before we'd start to worry or treat. There was also another scan that showed the back of the eye in terms of a green box broken in to 8 coordinates - all of which were green which evidently means very good.
I know that I am NOT explaining it well and as I'm writing this, I am going to call him and ask him the name of the test. The reason I liked it is because normally I would have gone out worrying again - This test basically said 'you're doing okay' and I was the happiest I had been in a long long time about my eyes. I wish everyone could experience that. When I find out the name of it, I will post it here.
To top it all off, I had a slight perscription for glasses in the past - normally I'd wear them at night and driving. This time I tested out at 20/20. I know that our vision can be thrown off depending on our blood sugar levels but each time I've gone - by BS has been between 85 and 117 for the past 5 years - this time was 92 so I knew that it wasn't a blood sugar issue on my previous visits. I cannot chalk it up to any one thing but at least I now know that our eyes can improve! It does make us upset sometimes - having to be so vigilent - but good news helps that pass - we just have to do the best we can.