Diabetic Eye Complications: What I Wish I Knew Then…

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-08-23 16:19:49 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 16:24:18 -0500

This article hit closer to home than I would have liked, but also wish I had seen back in 1982-83 when I was first told of a problem with my eyes. Had I also known more about these issues, I would have pressed more when the doctor I was seeing seemed rushed. When I started seeing spots, I was working for the Division of Blind Services in Florida. They sent me to one of their eye doctors who told the DBS to get me to a retinal specialist ASAP. I lost the vision in my left eye because a doctor refused to treat me the way I needed to be treated because I didn't have insurance. I am VERY, VERY thankful for the Retinal Specialist that saved my eyes, even if he couldn't save my sight.

I have had 2 vitrectomies in my left eye to try and save my sight, but unfortunately, they didn't work. I had one vitrectomy in my right eye that worked perfectly. Eye care is essential and I hope everyone that is a diabetic finds that out before it's too late!

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8 replies

GabbyPA 2014-08-21 05:46:26 -0500 Report

It all boils down to affordable care for me. I have to go where I can afford. And it's not usually the best option. This is scary stuff though

TLTanner 2014-08-21 13:52:50 -0500 Report

I do know of which you speak, Gabby. Been there and done that, which is why I do not have vision in my left eye.

Even with the insurance I have now, it doesn't mean I get the best care. I am on Medicare and Medicaid - Government and State welfare as far as most people are concerned. Unfortunately, I think that applies to the medial community as well.

I understood that Obama was for the kind of health insurance that not only could we all afford, but that would also afford us all great care. That too, unfortunately, has not turned out to be the case.

I wish everyone luck in the endeavors to find affordable care that also is great care, especially when it comes to our eyes!


GabbyPA 2014-08-22 05:53:00 -0500 Report

Yeah, don't get me started on that. I am not for government hand outs, but I was desperate to try. So I signed up for Obamacare, found an "affordable" $6000.00 deductible policy....paid the second week in May (one week late) and they canceled everything. I just figured they would start me a month later, but no. It doesn't work that way. I most likely won't qualify for any subsidy next year and I hear now in the news that the rates are going up. It's heart breaking.

I wish doctors would see patients without insurance, charge a fair price and offer me respect as a patient, not just see me as chattle.

TLTanner 2014-08-22 17:14:08 -0500 Report


Have you tried doing what I did and go through your local Division of the Blind? They know what it's like for diabetics and that's who took care of me. I was having problems at the time, so I don't know if they help with preventative care, but it's worth a try.

I wish you tons of luck in this endeavor! Like you, I wish doctors were affordable along with insurance being ACTUALLY affordable!



Type1Lou 2014-08-20 16:43:12 -0500 Report

Interesting article! Back when I was living up north and probably 15 years into my diabetes, I was seeing an ophthalmologist once a year at a nearby teaching hospital. He'd yelled at me for not being able to keep my eye open during a fluoroscine(sp?) angiogram and at my appointment, told me I didn't have to see an ophthalmologist yearly because nothing was wrong with my eyes. I was stunned by his reaction since all diabetics are urged to consult an ophthalmologist once yearly. He obviously thought I was wasting his time. I changed doctors. I still see an ophthalmologist yearly and have had several surgeries (cataracts, narrow-angle glaucoma, laser treatment for scarring behind the implanted lens 5 years after my cataract surgery) and have had the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy for over 20 years but nothing requiring treatment. It's motivation to control my BG's as best as I can.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:28:56 -0500 Report

The Retinal Specialist I had in FL that saved my eyes spoiled me when it came to the eye exams. He would literally hold my eyes open for those bright light exams. After each move I've made since then and the new doctors I've had, none of them compare to that FL Specialist. LOL The ophthalmologist I have now is excellent and she always does a thorough exam and I see twice a year.

After laser treatment, it is hard to have those lights shinning in your eyes and my doctor here seems to know that and she will help hold the eyes open too. I think I'm being spoiled again! LOL