New Treatment Option for Diabetic Retinopathy

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-08-23 16:24:11 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 16:34:24 -0500

Here is one I didn't know about and thought I'd share with our community. I've had shots in my eyes before, mostly to numb, and I didn't like the way it felt. To me, it felt like my eye was going to explode before the numbness took effect! So, I would be leery to try this, but there are others who might want to give it a try.

The side effects are not really that bad, but they don't sound all that great either. What is your opinion on the matter? Would you try this treatment?

Article can be found here:

8 replies

GabbyPA 2014-08-21 05:42:47 -0500 Report

I was going to say a shot is better than being blind, but the side effects make me nervous. Lung infection? Really? But I do suppose that I would want to see to maintain some independence...I suppose I will cross that bridge when I get there. For now, when I go to my eye doctor, I get a photo of my eyes taken so they can keep an "eye" on things. (sorry...LOL)

TLTanner 2014-08-21 12:32:16 -0500 Report

Good suggestion Gabby! I don't get pictures, but I do know by eye doctor does a very thorough exam, including dilation. I liked your pun too! LOL

GabbyPA 2014-08-22 06:09:04 -0500 Report

Here's my eye....I use it for Halloween as my profile pic. LOL

TLTanner 2014-08-22 17:23:53 -0500 Report

Great picture and great looking eye!

Back when my left eye had some ruptured blood vessels in it, the pic looked like a pregnant woman's ultrasound! LOL I kid you not! It looked like an embryo inside of the uterus! I kept that pic for the longest, but I don't think I still have it. Too many moves later and I have no clue where it is.

It makes me think I should have some done now with my eyes and keep a copy for my records too. Thank for a great suggestion!

Guarantee that my eyes don't look as healthy as yours do! :-D

Keep up the good work, Gabby!

GabbyPA 2014-08-22 20:41:49 -0500 Report

This one is my benchmark I have something to compare to. I don't have a paper copy of it, all computer now a days.

TLTanner 2014-08-23 16:24:11 -0500 Report

Yeah, I had a paper copy, but then again, it was done in like 1991. Wish I still had it or had access to it. Ah well…

Still, great idea to get one and I think I'll ask so that I have it too, just in case.

Type1Lou 2014-08-20 16:52:02 -0500 Report

My aunt is currently receiving injections of Lucentis for her macular degeneration. It has helped her preserve some of her vision. My Mom, who was her older sister, became legally blind due to macular degeneration in the 1980's, before Lucentis was an option. If it was a chance to preserve my vision that I would otherwise lose, you bet I would try it. Hopefully, I'll never have to, but the odds are against me what with my 38 years with diabetes and the history of Macular Degeneration in my family.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:21:24 -0500 Report

Well, Louise, we'll just have to keep you (along with the rest of the community) in our prayers that things like this not happen.

I wish you the best of luck!