Dr. Paul Chous Bio
Dr. Paul Chous has a practice specializing in diabetes eye care and education in Tacoma, WA. He developed type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, and proliferative diabetic retinopathy that required extensive laser treatment at the age of 21. He was fortunate to receive early diagnosis and effective treatment from his eye doctors (both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist) and maintains excellent vision to this day. Paul has authored more than 100 papers and a book on diabetes-related eye disease, and lectures frequently about diabetes to other eye doctors in the US and Canada. He currently serves on the Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry & Dentistry (PPOD) Work Group of the National Diabetes Education Program, as a consultant to several diabetes and eye care companies, and is currently conducting clinical research on diabetic retinopathy and visual performance.
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My diabetes is changing. Until a few years ago, my morning readings were reasonable and within the desired range of under 100 mg/dl. About two years ago, they started slipping upwards into the less-desirable but apparently not-worrisome range of 100-110 mg/dl. Now, this was what was recorded by my Abbott Freestyle Lite meter, which is known to record at the lower end of the home-glucometer variability range, but with my A1c firmly in the high 5s and low 6s, the meter's tendency to...