I was first diagnosed in 1988 and started on insulin in 1991/1992. Three years ago, diabetes had spread to my eyes, but it was not too serious. Well, three weeks ago, my primary care doctor referred me to an ophthalmologist because I had not been for awhile. The ophthalmologist found that the diabetes in my eyes had become so bad that he wanted to admit to the hospital right then and operate on both eyes. I refused for a number of reasons. I am divorced and had no one to take of my townhouse and my dog. I did not fully understand what the operation would curtail and how long I would be in the hospital. I didn't know what the chances of success would be. And, most of all, I was afraid of the unknown.
Was I right to decline the operation at that time? Have anyone had operations on both eyes at the same time because of diabetic retinopathy? What can I expect, if I decide to go through with it? Help!
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