Loosing eye sight

By Latest Reply 2011-07-08 00:17:14 -0500
Started 2011-05-15 21:23:44 -0500

I just got a letter from my eye doctor, saying that I'm loosing my eye sight due to diabetes. I'll for sure have to give up driving, and my job. (I'm a sign language interpreter). Is anyone else on this site going through the same thing? I' m scared, and a seeing eye animal is outta the question. (allergies) Any thoughts or input?

11 replies

lmkilday 2011-07-08 00:17:14 -0500 Report

There are adaptive products on the market for people with "low vision" including color identifiers, check guides (cut out to help you write checks), talking watches, talking diabetes meters, magnification products, tactile markers. If you have a computer and Adobe Acrobat, you can set your computer to read PDF documents out loud to you.

2011donnaann 2011-05-16 15:43:42 -0500 Report

annalease, I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer and the almighty God's healing. Never ever take a dagnosis lying down! Stand up to it look it right square in the face and tell the deveil he's a liar and pray for God's mercy and healing.

I lift you up in prayer that God will restore your vision, in the name of Jesus, Amen. Isiaih 53:5 says "…with his (Jesus's) stripes we are healed." I hope you have a blessed day.

2011-05-16 12:51:38 -0500 Report

I thank all of you folks for your kind words & thoughtful prayers. It really means a lot to me. When the Dr.told me this devastating news, I cannot lie, I did a lot of crying when I was told,but I'm slowly coming to terms w/it. It's hard, but 1 of the hurdles you come across when your a diabetic. Thanx again folks, 4 all of your kind thoughts & prayers.

ebony2288 2011-05-15 23:27:23 -0500 Report

I found out I had diabetes when my sight started to blur. I have ordered glasses but I'm hoping my sight will be restored once I get my diabetes under control. People have been driving me around for the past week and I hate it. So I can only imagine what you are going through. My aunt who is also diabetic said that her vision came back once she got it under control, so hopefully it will come back for both of us. I will be praying for you.

katseyes 2011-05-15 23:05:20 -0500 Report

Yes' that's another thing about diabetes' ur eye sight gets worse, I know lol… I have went through at least 3 pair of glasses in the last 2yrs.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-15 22:42:55 -0500 Report

Sorry for the awful news you received.
i had to close a usiness due to an inability to continue providing the service. So far my retinas have not detached. Only one has had a tear. But I am at high risk for it to happen. It is indeed scarey to face blindness.

jayabee52 2011-05-15 22:31:43 -0500 Report

Lisa, I am so sorry to learn that you are losing your sight. I don't know what I would do were I to lose my sight, but if you can see my current profile pic, the lady I am hugging ("Jem") was totally blind (at age 14 due to Retinitis Pigmentosa). She much later developed diabetes due to congestive heart failure, acording to her Drs.

Even though she lost her sight at such a young age she was quite an accomplished woman. Her life didn't end at 14. She put a lot of her energy into making a life for herself, eventually earning a Masters of social work, and Licensure as a LCSW. She worked for about 25 years in that field.

She learned how to read Braille before she was completely blinded. And through the wonders of computer technology she noted my profile on Dating4Disabled and made my acquaintence online. We carried on a long-distance courtship until I met her in the real world, and we fell in love. She made me very happy, and from her family and long time friends, I made her very happy too.

She had a very outgoing personality and had several long time friends, upon whom she relied to do what she was unable to do. One of those friends looked over my profile and told Jem "he has kind eyes". So if you can, develop a group of friends who can look out for you.

Do all you can to keep your eyesight, to be sure. But losing your sight isn't the end of the world — or your life.

There are resources out there to help blind people. Go to your vocational rehabilitation office in your state and ask what resources they would have for you when you lose your sight. There are places where you can learn Braille, and local centers for the blind, where you can get information about how blind people can do some things that you might not think they could. (Jem surprised me a time or two with what she could do.)

The thing I would encourage you to do is NOT TO GIVE UP!

An example from my life was in Nov. 2006 I ended up in the hospital and had to go on hemo dialysis for what I thought would be the rest of my life. I thought of myself as a dead man walking — I had no future, no happiness ahead of me. My ex had divorced me in 2002, and I wasn't finding a lady who was attracted to me even though I tried. I seriously thought about not continuing with my dialysis treatements and letting the poisons build up in my bloodstream so my condition would eventually take me.

After wrestling with that decision for a while, I decided to continue treatments because I didn't want to give my 3 sons permission to end their lives when hard times came in their lives.

Things didn't magically start going better for me immediately, but improved little by little. In July 2007, what I thought would be a lifetime of dialysis, came to an end when a kidney Dr told me my numbers were good enough that I no longer needed dialysis. In Nov 2007 Jem contacted me through the dating website, and we found love. So what I thought was a hopeless situation for me, was not hopeless at all. I found happiness with Jem for something like 3 years — until she passed from this life in her sleep in July 2010.

One thing I have learned from this, God wasn't finished with me yet. He still had things for me to be and do. If I wake up in the morning, I know He has a purpose for me still.

I pray you can keep your sight, somehow. But if you can't, I pray you do not dispair. You are still valuable to Him, and to your family and to your friends.

I pray God's richest blessings be with you and yours!

James Baker

dietcherry 2011-05-15 21:42:18 -0500 Report

Hi Annalease! Im so sorry you are having to go through this! Is laser surgery no longer an option for you?

2011-05-15 21:54:36 -0500 Report

I was never a candidate for the surgery, dietcherry. Because I am a diabetic, and my sight was going from bad to worse, now even to "blind as a bat" if that' even an option.

Anonymous 2011-05-15 23:16:15 -0500 Report

Sorry that you cannot get any help for your eye sight. I found out about my diabetes because of an dr. visit/eye exam in the same week. I had my cataracts removed almost 2 years ago. Sight isn't totally perfect, however it's better than it was. I pray that you will find some help.