Retina Eye

By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-01-05 12:18:33 -0600
Started 2010-01-04 20:00:06 -0600

I have age-related macular degeneration. I have found so much help on this site for my diabetes, I tried to find a site for AMD. I finally found one I like. They suggested a site, I went there and it is a blog written by a retina eye doctor (surprise). He has info on all problems with the retina, including diabetic retinopathy. One good thing I learned is that he has had very few patients who have both AMD and DR. So I can quit worrying about that.

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PapaRon 2010-01-05 08:47:23 -0600 Report

Thank you Donna. I've had dry MD in my left eye, and wet MD in my right eye, for more than two years now (along with my diabetes and heart desease). I had been seeing a Retina Specialist for a little over a year and having special injections directly into my eyeball every month for a bit more than a year. I have since stopped the injections, as they were to prevent and heal the bleeding behind my eye. The injections were successful as far as that goes. However and unfortunately there's really nothing that can be done to completely stop the degeneration. Just slow it down. The 'wet' is the worst (as I'm sure you know). I have maybe 30% peripheral vision in my right eye, with that totally blacked out place in the center. My left eye is of course my best eye, and that is only at about 60% vision. Boy oh boy, the crap that comes with age and ill spent youth, huh??!! LOL

donna13 2010-01-05 09:11:24 -0600 Report

I've had the wet kind for over a year - woke up one morning virtually blind in my right eye. My eye doctor sent me to a retina specialist immediately, and I had laser surgery. The doctor said it was a brand new laser and wasn't approved by medicare, so I had to pay for it. But that plus injections in the eye have given me most of my sight back - 20/40 in that eye. So, even though it cost me $1100, it was well worth it. Of course there is always the chance it could happen again. I have 2 sisters who went blind from this disease, one with wet and the other with dry. I should tell you that one of my sisters is 95 and the other died at 93. So it does take a while to get to that point.

redglitter 2010-01-05 04:00:17 -0600 Report

Thank you donna13, I will check that right out. My dad has wet MD and we are always looking for info on that. Thank you again.

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