By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-08-18 15:47:32 -0500
Started 2014-08-15 21:19:18 -0500

I was just informed that I need to have laser surgery for my eyes. My doctor gave me injections. while it did not hurt cus they froze my eye… it was very uncomfortable. Im actually kind of terrified for the surgery.
Im only 33, and already I have this issue. The office I go to, only has elderly people there. Then me.The OCT lady said that its very rare to find people who need this process at my age. Im going to be blind in 5 years!

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MrsCDogg 2014-08-18 15:47:32 -0500 Report

I also had to have laser surgery. It was not a horrible thing. I won't lie to you and say it was fun because it wasn't. The worst part of it was having to hold still for like 15 to 20 minutes. Then I wasn't able to see very well when I left the hospital. Remember to take a pair of sunglasses with you. Your eyes will be very sensitive to light for a day or so. I took the next day off just to give myself time to heal a little. Then I went back to work with no problem.
I just totally freaked myself out about the whole thing and it wasn't necessary. Talk to your doctor and let him/her know you are fearful. Maybe there is something in the way of information they can give you that will ease your anxiety.

Kats49 2014-08-16 16:27:20 -0500 Report

Let the Doc know you are scared of the surgery, because if you stress your BS go up. And you need to be as calm as possible. You need to see an endocrinologist,,,, they are specialists with Diabetes and usually will take the time to help you

Glucerna 2014-08-16 14:24:16 -0500 Report

If you haven't worked with a diabetes educator, this is a really good time to ask your doctor for a referral. A diabetes educator can help you figure out the best way to manage your blood sugar levels and will advocate for the very best care for you. We know so much more today about preventing complications of diabetes than we did 20 or even 10 years ago, and that's exactly what you're doing by having the laser surgery for your eyes: preventing further complications with your vision. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-08-16 13:48:10 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon
You are NOT "such a baby". you are facing blindness. That is something quite serious.

I know, my 2nd wife became totally blind at age 14. (I met her at age 53) So I have some understanding of what it is like to be blind. One thing I'd recommend is that you get some training.

There will be a "blind center" somewhere in your state. Reach out to them and find out what they would recommend you would do to prepare yourself for blindness. You might want to learn how to read Braille also.

Another thing my (now late) wife happened to have was diabetes.

She had difficulty managing her BG (blood glucose) because she had Lupis (SLE) and would need injections of steroids to combat a SLE "flare".which would usually attack her joints (quite painful for her). The steriods would raise her BG into the 300+ ranges.

At one point we looked into getting a pump for her, but for her to be able to use it she would need to see, so we discontinued that line of inquiry. (Consider that about your quest for a pump) We ended up with managing her Diabetes with multiple daily injections from a sliding scale list worked up by her Endo. Of course since I had sight, I was the one who had to draw her insulins into the syringe and either she injected them or I did.

So before you lose your sight, you will need to have the help of someone who you trust with your life, because obviously your life will depend on them.

I pray that these precautions are not needed and that the blind in 5 yr is overly pessimistic and that you'll be able to retain your sight.


Anonymous 2014-08-16 09:48:05 -0500 Report

I feel like such a baby. Compared to some of the surgeries you've all gone through. Its just to stop the many more blood vessels that have grown from bleeding into my eye. The optometrist freaked on me though. Saying injections had to be done now and surgery in three days after. Thank toy for sharing your stories. While I know its still a big deal and serious, it doesn't seem so bad now.

As for blood sugars… I have been cursed with either lazy doctors or ones who just don't care. When I was 19 I showed all signs of diabetes. I went to several doctors. They all said the same thing… " your pregnant " blood test after test. No I'm not pregnant, no vitamins difficiency. And I had no clue it could if been diabetes. Finally at 26 I had a doctor who caught it. However. Diet and exercise is not enough. So I got to test out two black label drugs. Then after 5 years of begging for insulin I finally got it. But even being on it, two different types… And oral meds I can't control it. So now I've been fighting for a pump. Some days its so frustrating I feel like just giving up. Eat what I want when I want. I mean I'm not getting the results I want anyways. But then I come to senses and know that's just a silly way to look at it.

Type1Lou 2014-08-16 13:53:29 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry you've had to go through all you've described. My advice to you would be to start controlling what you eat. Become "carbohydrate aware" by reading labels and serving sizes. Determine how many carbs you are currently eating each day and reduce them until you get better BG readings. It will probably demand a huge adjustment in your eating habits. Only you can control what you put into your mouth. You are currently paying the price for uncontrolled blood sugars but that doesn't mean that you can't improve and stop the progression of complications (diabetic retinopathy). It's wasn't easy reducing the carbs in my diet but over 10 years ago, my ophthalmologist noticed the beginnings of retinopathy. By reducing my carb intake and getting better control of my BG's, my current ophthalmologist comments that I have the beginnings of retinopathy but nothing requiring treatment…so, it worked for me, since my retinopathy hasn't progressed in 10 years. About 12 years ago, I noticed that I was losing feeling in my toes (diabetic neuropathy). I still have some numbness in the toes but my neuropathy has not progressed, nor is it painful. I attribute this to keeping better blood sugar levels which I've achieved by limiting my carbohydrate grams to no more than 120 grams per day. You may be able to eat more or less since there is no one "right" amount; you'll know what's right for you when your BG's and A1c's improve. Wishing you well.

Type1Lou 2014-08-16 08:21:16 -0500 Report

I've had several laser surgeries done for narrow-angle glaucoma and scar removal behind an implanted lens 5 years after cataract surgery. The benefits outweighed the discomfort IMHO. I can still see clearly. What are you doing to get your BG's under better control? This is one area where we can work to improve and improved BG's will make the likelihood of a better outcome, vision-wise, for you.

kimfing 2014-08-16 07:55:01 -0500 Report

My husband was in his 30s when he had laser done on his eyes to zap the errant blood vessels so they wouldn't burst, he also detached his retina, side effect glaucoma, he had to have surgery to put flaps in his eyes to relieve pressure, side effect from meds from the retina and glaucoma, cornea transplant. This was all in his 30s. He's almost 46 now and can see. All the side effects from the retina surgery were the ones Dr said 1% of patients get, go figure. What is your laser surgery for?

Good luck

GabbyPA 2014-08-16 05:27:25 -0500 Report

Did they tell you why you have such a condition?

While the surgery is scary, being blind is harder. As a kid, I did an experiment to see what it was like to be blind. While I knew I was not going to be permanently blind, there were still little things that bugged the crap out of me. Like knowing what time it was and putting toothpaste on my tooth brush. And the stupid cabinet I constantly hit my head on or what is in a can in the pantry.

Now as an adult, things like transportation, keeping a job or looking after my family would be on the top of my list.