Diabetic Retinopathy

By Carbusys Latest Reply 2009-11-16 08:47:52 -0600
Started 2009-11-15 11:30:11 -0600

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!

8 replies

sweething 2009-11-16 08:47:52 -0600 Report

I lost part of my vision to diabetes (swelling around the optic nerve) and have some retinopathy. If my ophthamologist told me to go directly to the hospital for eye surgery, I'd be there before he was! Living with a blind area in my eye has me convinced. I'll do anything to save my vision!

lipsie 2009-11-16 07:15:24 -0600 Report

Yeah, I can understand not going thru with it right away not knowing about it, and having your dog taking care of. But make arrangement somehow…you really must get this done for you can loose your vision. I worry for you. Please reconsider. Keep us updated. Thanks! Hugs! Sheila

caragypsy 2009-11-15 13:34:24 -0600 Report

Please have the surgery you can lose you sight. I got info about this as I am afraid of it, I go to my eye Dr. once a year. Cara

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-11-15 16:40:31 -0600 Report

It is in your best interest to have the
surgery done. I had it done in beth eyes and my vision has gotten better. You can't afford to lose your eyesight. Contact you Dr. and ask all the questions you have, but you have to have
this surgery done. Dan

Karen(Lamb)Garber 2009-11-15 18:17:40 -0600 Report

Well I hate to say it but I am with Carbusys! I am so afraid to go to the eye doctor yet my glasses don't work anymore for me. Every time I go to the eye doctor the glasses don't have the right corrections for me. They put bi-focals on the bottom (without the line in the glasses) and when I look down I get dizzy. I don't have a lot of money to fool around taking things back and forth as our doctor is over 100 miles from where we live. Research it on line and ask many, many questions of your doctor. I wouldn't let anyone touch my eyes that I didn't have confidence in.

cussinwolf 2009-11-15 13:16:17 -0600 Report

From the NC mountains to a NC flatlander…you promise me that you will call your eye doc first thing in the morning and get all the facts on that surgery! I can not tell you a thing about the surgery. If need be have one eye at a time done. When I was first diagnosed in 2005 my biggest fear was for my eyes. I just found out that I have cataracts caused by running high blood sugars . I did not know that diabetes could do that. I have no insurance and can not have cataract surgery but I know that mine will not lead to incurable blindness like diabetic retinopathy. Man, don't mess with your eyes! Your house will take care of itself and if you can not find someone to help with the dog, Maybe we can meet half way. I am about 5 1/2 hours from Ft Bragg.

St-Bridget1969 2009-11-15 11:46:26 -0600 Report

What type of surgery did the doctor want to do? My husband has had laser surgery on both eyes from the diabetes and he is doing well. The VA hospital did them two days apart from each other as an outpatient. He had three treatments on his left eye and two on the right. We go back to the VA next month for his follow up visit. Doctors told him he would loose some of his side vision but he has not noticed any a lost of visit. Don't play with your eyes. Once the vision goes you can't get it back in most cases. Find out what the doctor has to offer and get done what you need done. Harlen is right pets can be taken care of as well as house.
You are in my prayers.

Harlen 2009-11-15 11:39:44 -0600 Report

They are your eyes
things can be done for pets and homes
eyes are a bit harder to do
ask Doc all the Q you have
I wish you the best and hope its not to late

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