MY VISION

melaniebecerra
By melaniebecerra Latest Reply 2011-07-11 14:02:08 -0500
Started 2011-07-02 01:58:45 -0500

I JUST CAME FROM MY RETINA SPECIALIST TODAY AND THE NEWS WAS RATHER DOSCOURAGING, HE TOLD ME I NEED LASER CUZ I HAVE SWELLING AND RETINA ISSUES AND THAT THE LASER WILL PREVENT ME FROM GOING BLIND BUT IT WONT BRING BACK MY VISION LOSS NOT EVEN A LITTLE :( I FEEL LIKE PUTTING A GUN TO MY HEAD…THIS SUCKS!! HE ALSO TOLD ME I WOULD NEVER GET MY LICENSE AGAIN AND WOULDNT PASS MY TEST MY RIGHT EYE IS 20/160 AND MY LEFT IS 20/60 VISION.. SOMEHOW I DONT BELIEVE HIM THO BECAUSE ONES THE SWELLING GOES DOWN YOU THINK MY BLURRY VISION WOULD DIASAPEAR? I MEAN I TOLD HIM MY EYES ARE ALMOST NORMAL AYT NIGHT AND HE SAID IT IS THE CONTRAST..WHAT CONTRAST? MAKES NO SENSE..BUT I KNOW FROM PAST EXPERIENCE WITH MY OTHER PREGNANCY MY EYES WHERE LIKE THAT TOO AND AFTER I HAD THE BABY THEY DID GO BACK TO GOOD VISION..MAYBE NOT 20/20 BUT I WAS ABLE TO READ AND DRIVE AND WATCH TV!! MAN WHAT SHOULD I MAKE OF THIS? I CANT EXCEPT THE FACT I HAVE TO LIVE MY LIFE LIKE THIS. I CANT EVEN SEE MY SYRINGES IN THE MORNING SO I AM GUESSING MY SHOTS…GRR I HATE THIS DEASEASE AND SOMETIMES MY LIFE BECAUSE OF IT :( ANY REPLY APPRECIATED


9 replies

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2011-07-04 10:05:11 -0500 Report

I spent almost 20 years with one doctor. 10 years of that time was as a diabetic. Never once did he tell me that I had to have an eye exam. I started with a new doc this year and he not only said I had to go see an eye doc, but he made the appointment for me. I too have severe damage to my eyes from diabetes. I've already had laser surgery to my left eye and anticipate having to have more in the future. Do what your doc tells you. I'm very glad I did. I'm pretty sure I'd be blind in my left eye by now otherwise.

melaniebecerra
melaniebecerra 2011-07-05 01:04:14 -0500 Report

does laser surgery hurt?

swanslake54
swanslake54 2011-07-11 14:02:08 -0500 Report

I had laser surgery in the late 90's. No, it doesn't hurt, i remember seeing flashes like a camera's flashbulb. I worked not far from the dr.'s office and I went back to work and finished the day. I had my annual eye exam last month, my opthamologist told me if he didn't know I was diabetic, he wouldn't be able tell by my eyes, there's been very little changes. God is good.

Lymy
Lymy 2011-07-03 19:06:02 -0500 Report

Melamiebecerra:
I know where you are coming from really I do. I have experienced something similar with the retina in my left eye. My regular eye Dr. sent me to a retina specialist back in the spring because he saw something on an extensive examination he did on my eyes earlier this year. Please excuse any typo errors you find in this as I keep hitting the wrong keys. I will proof it before submitting it so hopefully it won't be too bad.

When I went to the specialist he described it as a sloughing of the tissue on the rear of the retina. He said I would see black spots come across my vision path, I told him I was already experiencing that. he said it would get worse with time. I did have juvenile cataracts last year they have now started to mature, but I have been plagued with eye problems since 2002 when I had a sudden onset of dizziness. It is a most scarry feeling to be driving looking off in the distance at oncoming traffic when you see two 18 wheelers coming at you or the car in front of you has 2 license plates, The lanes are like looking down a bowling alley because on the sides of the road you see white line, grass, white line, and road surface. I have to drive with one eye closed when I get the dizzy spells. I have tried wearing an eye patch but that did not help the problem. All that complicated by blurred vision.

My vision is in no way as severe as yours, (and I wish with all my soul that anyone of us at DC would not have to suffer with these circumstances), but it did change from 20/25 bilaterally to 20/40 in 4 months. I go back this month and I am not looking forward to what he might have to tell me this time. I will keep you in my thoughts and I wish you the very best. I do hope that things will change for you and your sight problems, Congratulations on your pregnancy, do you what sex your baby is? I believe you will see an improvement, especially since this happened on another pregnancy. A second opinion is a good way to proceed but I might be tempted to wait until your baby arrives first. May your higher power be with you.
Regards,
~Lymy~

melaniebecerra
melaniebecerra 2011-07-03 23:18:36 -0500 Report

thank you all for replying, i guess i cant change my messups i did in the past and it is biting me in the ass, but i am biting back this aint over and i know we have a GOD that is merciful and wont let me suffer that much..tings will get better i just have to get through the pregnancy and have faith :)

lmkilday
lmkilday 2011-07-03 17:47:58 -0500 Report

Try getting a second opinion from another doctor. If your doctor is unable to restore your vision, there are products which can help you to adapt. I've bought many products from Maxiaids.com, including a checkbook guide which helps me identify where the lines are on my checks.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-07-02 02:15:04 -0500 Report

I am so sorry you are going through that, Melanie. I would take the laser treatments to tack down the retinas. If your retinas detatch you will be unable to see clearly. One of my girlfriends before I married my 1st wife, had detatching retinas which were tacked down and she could see fine. I've lost track of her so I don't know what is happening with her now. That was back in the early 1970s so I would expect they know much better how to do it.

Please don't put a gun to your head! We wouldn't want to lose you, especially over what you see as a temporary problem which may well resolve after your pregnancy ends.

I don't know what level of vision you still have. But perhaps you can go to DrLeonards.com and find a magnifier which fits on a syringe. There are a lot of adaptive aids out there if you want/need them.

I pray that your vision improves soon.

James

melaniebecerra
melaniebecerra 2011-07-02 02:21:42 -0500 Report

THANK YOU JAMES. I MEAN HE SAID IT WAS FROM MY DIABETIS BUT IF THIS IS THE CASE WHY IS MY VISION IMPROVING THE LONGER I AM UP THE BETTER I SEE? IF IT WAS DIABETIS IT WOULD STAY LIKE THIS ALL DAY…YOU THINK BUT I AM GONE TRY TO KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT IT, 7 YEARS AGO THE DOCS TOLD ME I WAS GONE BE BLIND GOING THROUGH WITH MY PREGNANCY AND THEY WERE WRONG, SO I PUT MY FAITH IN GOD AND HOPE FOR THE BEST! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RESPOND :)

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