The Diabetic Eye

By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-08-30 18:25:01 -0500
Started 2010-02-26 14:38:16 -0600

Roger and I have discussed starting a discussion on the problems affecting our eyes. I have age-related macular degeneration, not diabetic retinopathy. My problem is genetic, I have 2 sisters who went blind because of it. I had laser surgery and Lucentis injections. I gather Roger has diabetic retinopathy. He is getting steroid injections in preparation for getting cataract surgery. He is having trouble with his sight now, so that is why I’m starting this thread. Following is a copy of what was posted on another thread.

Roger - just woke from nap after getting steroid inj in my left eye at 0 am not see ing to well have moving black spot pluss cataract to deal with having to guss on some of the keys so i hope you can read this and make sence of it will do my bg in alittle wile if i can read it i will post it
now just have to wate for surg on tue to get rid of this dam cataract so i can see out of at least one
and they did move second surg up to the 16
love u all ROGER
hope all are as well as can be today
ps i copied this from another post just cant see to retype hope it makes sence

ok doing better then earler today very stressfull getting the steroid shot in the eye it takes a lot to have it don and it gets harder each time and this makes 4 times in the left and on the 5 th it will be the 4 in right eye and second surg is set for the 16 has any one had the steroid inj in there eyes?

donna13 replied about 5 hours ago[-]
I debated about posting on this because I don't want to minimize what you are going through. I haven't had steroids injected in my eye, but I did have injections of Lucentis. This was for a bleed in my eye caused by MD - it slows down the growth of vascular activity in the eye. I know that any steroid injection is painful, so my experience can't compare to yours. But I feel I have to talk about my experience in case others need to have eye injections. It was relatively painless, I only felt pressure as the needle was inserted. Of course they froze the eye before injecting. The worst part that I experienced was the ring they put in the eye to keep it open. This irritated my eye. I never saw the needle coming, I think I was blinded by the bright light shining in my eye. So if anyone needs to get injections,don't fear it too much. Depending on what is injected it can be relatively painless

Both Roger and I think this data important to know and we will be willing to answer any questions you may have. I have found a site - - that I found helpful.

51 replies

roger 2010-03-28 14:24:58 -0500 Report

hi all saw dr on last mon an vis in both eyes was 20/25 a long way from feb 5 when he told me it was 20/200
and i cant even start to say how much i woul love to find out that every one who loged on to this page in the last 2 mounths has made a eye dr apt if it has ben more then 6 mounths from there last or if they had noticed a change do it for you not me

roshy 2010-08-30 18:25:01 -0500 Report

Hi Roger.

I havent spoken to you in a long time. Hope you are keeping well my friend. Stay strong and knoe that you are in my thoughts.

Love Roshy!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-03-19 20:49:37 -0500 Report

Thanks for your information re-eye problems. It helps to have some idea of what to expect. Thank you. Pat R

roger 2010-03-19 20:31:19 -0500 Report

hi all hope all are as well as can be today !
i got off my fat but today and started to rake my lawn still have snow in some spots the sun does nt get to but got a good start on it but i am going to be hurting in the am !
bouth eyes did well today being out in the sun all day but i will sleep well tonight useing dark glasses and a hat . injou the sun and SEE u all in the am SEE hahaha! had to do it just one more time !

Piper5 2010-03-19 22:19:48 -0500 Report

Hi Roger, I haven't been on this site for a few months, so I am just catching up. I too just finished w/cataract surgery. Right eye on March 10 and left eye on March 17. WOW its a beautiful world out there now. So nice to see. I'm glad your's went well too. I don't k now yet what my vision is now, but its good enough I won't need glasses anymore. Thanks for sharing your story.

roger 2010-03-16 14:58:35 -0500 Report

hi all up and going from my post op nap dr wants eye closed for as much of first 2 hr as pos so was a good spot for a nap
so far so good have a shield on like my pic but right eye now can take off in the am no lifting no putting head below my hart???? have to have one to worry about that ? and drops every 4 hr while awake can see lots of color good but still blurry will up date soon

jayabee52 2010-03-16 16:01:23 -0500 Report

Praise the Lord!

roger 2010-03-16 22:22:04 -0500 Report

i get the shield off at 805 am and willhave to see him on mon or wed and should beable to go back to work then yaaaaaaaaaa $$$$$$$$$$ billsboooooooooooo:(

roger 2010-03-18 09:42:45 -0500 Report

hi all did not post yesterday doing so much better want to do it all but cant de what to do first eye test on wed was good 20/60 not bad for first day should get better as time goes on
left eye gets 2 dif drops 3 times a day right gets 3 dif drops 3 times a day lots of drops this will go on for weaks i am told becouse of being a diabetic
it is so good to have the color back did not notice how dim it had gotten blue was the big change for me so happy
called my job and let them know i could come back after dr apt on mon !!!!!!!!!!! i lrft work on feb 5 i did get disability but only 50% of reg pay messes withe a persones budget big time
my next ? is who has made an apt to have there eyes checked ? and if it has ben more then 6 mounths why? has any one had any change in there vis in last 3 mounths? if yes make an apt now!!!!! and thank u all for praying for me it helped big time knowing u were (MAYS)

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-03-18 10:40:31 -0500 Report

That IS good news Roger…I am sure that the vision will continue to get better and better for you as time and healing goes on…Take care, and keep us posted on how you are doing…We care deeply for all of our DC friends, and only wish the very best for them… God speed to you, ~ Sue ~

roger 2010-03-14 18:57:53 -0500 Report

ok round 2 have to call around 200pm tomarow to find out what time i go on tue morning for surg on right eye.
very happy with left eye can see just fine i have even driven 3 times now just dont want to pushit dr told me i could so idid just to do it
left eye took 18 min and could se dr as soon as he pot new lens in my eye i did not get the one to replace eye glasses they were over 2,000 each and not covered by insur.
if all goes well i will go back to work on the 20 th and start paying som drs for there good job and drug co pays
one drop was 96.00 andanother is 70.00 and they gace me another 2 one just to clean the outside of my eye in the morning and after showers.
steroied inj were 110.00 for the two shots insur does not cover this at all had to pay befor they would even send i have to do it all agan for the right eyr big bucks but my sight is worth it
i am glad that this all took only 6 mounths from start to finish dont know how any one could wate years to have them taken out
so i gess i am luckey they grew so fast ( 3 mounth) from start to when ready to come out
did not have any at one vis to eye dr and fullgrown and ready to come outat the next. fast!!!!!!
my vision was 20/25 and 20/30 in oct and feb 5 it was 20/200 in both eyes that is when the dr told me i was leagly blind and could not drive any more till i got my cataract removed and got vis of better than 20/40 my left eye is now 20/30 with out glasses after the 18 min surg to remove the cataract
i have repeated my self many times on this page so thoes who check it out will not miss out on any thing
my hope for this page was to show others to go have your eyes checked as soon as u have any. ANY! changeand get it taken care of right away it might only take an 18 min surg to fix
i will post what time i go on tue morning as soo as i know and MAYS start the praying u all know i could use one or two

donna13 2010-03-15 09:35:36 -0500 Report

Good luck, Roger. I hope everything goes as well as your 1st surgery. And just think, you're getting back your sight at the right time of the year. You can now see the robins that are returning, the buds on the trees, the spring flowers, and all the pretty women who are shedding their bulky coats.

roger 2010-03-15 22:39:34 -0500 Report

put the coats back on thoes woman i have a wife who would kill me just for lookingbut thank u all i have to be there at 7am so i should be able to see about 830 or 900 am if i am on tomarow it will be short and few times will sleep most of the day after not much sleep last few thanks agan
PS SEE u all tomarow SEE hahaha not this time i will

roger 2010-03-16 14:54:00 -0500 Report

yes i will no time ,cant spell , yard work , work , out seeing!!!!! do i need any more?

roger 2010-03-03 14:31:35 -0600 Report

there now u should be able to see it soory forgot to push something

roger 2010-03-06 14:38:33 -0600 Report

hi all i did not post yesterday becouse i got steroid inj and spent most of the rest of the day sleeping
i have another fallow up appt on mon and should be set for next surg on the 16TH
have not driven only the first time blurr to the right makes me not want to dare
blurr is worse every dayand now with black strip from steroid in that eye moveing around turns my stomic
cant wate for this to be all done so i can do what i need to do around here
iwill post soon ROGER

roger 2010-03-08 11:10:41 -0600 Report

hi all had a fallow up today!
20/30 and half of the 20 / 25 line
and all is set for surg on the 16 just have to call night before to get the time
right eye is real bad nothing but blurr and light bothers me a lot in that eye sun glasses even in side when there is a lot of outside light

MAYS 2010-03-02 09:45:23 -0600 Report


When you open your eyes and see the sights,
Give thanks and soak in all the sights that you can take in, act like a child in a candy store or a toy shop !
With all of the problems that humans have created, life and the world are still both beautiful and precious !
Enjoy life and try to keep the complaints to a minimum,
your improved sight is a blessing, received in time for spring, enjoy it, you are and have been blessed !

roger 2010-03-02 13:47:04 -0600 Report

hi all i hope all are as well as can be today f!
i now have both eyes open but have a plastic shield over the left one
this was a pice of cake compared to the steroid inj all i saw was the light over the op table and a slite vibration other than that just some movement when dr made sure the slot where he put the lens was closed it took about 18 min in out put shirt back on and go home keep eye s closed for 2 hr no heavy lifting bending over and keep head above heart
have apt to see SEE dr at 8 am and he should take off sheild it is so i do not fuch rub or hit while it is fresh no stiches just push back in place and i got SEE u tomarow
thank you every one for your prayers and well wishes
dr oked me to use pc but only short time so i will try to SEE u later
PS thanks agan DONNA13 for setting up this page for us

roger 2010-03-03 11:04:37 -0600 Report

i had my post op vis and vision test to day and got my shield off!
I CAN SEE!!!!!!!
it is grate to be able to see out of my left eye the colors are so bright agan!
my vis went from 20/ 200 to 20/40 ! and should get better every day!
i go back on fri afternoon and get steroid inj in my right eye then surg on it on the 16 th.
PS i would rather have the cataract surg then the steroid inj any time surg was nothing was awake through hole thing DR talked to me the hole time telling me what he was doing it took 18 mjn in and out. took longer to prep and go over post op care after surg then the surg it self .
if u are waiting to do this dont do it right away i see so much more now it is grateand all i have to do is 3 diff drops 3 times a day and a wash i can use around my eye if it is bothering me . will keep u up to date on vision i go agan on mon to have it tested. luv

roger 2010-03-03 11:10:07 -0600 Report

i did give thanks for my site and for the others doing the same for me ahve a very large grope for that inc thoes here on DCand SEE it worked!! thank u and every one for your sup ,through this just one more to go and back to the every day battel the we all face .LUV

roger 2010-03-03 14:15:14 -0600 Report

ps i just did something i had not done in 28 days becouse i could not see!!! and it was so good to do did not even realize how much imissed it .i had to have my wife do it for me( she has been so understanding and helpfull through this hole thing. she has done every thing i needed no questions asked) did any one fig it out yet?
I DROVE THE CAR!!! and it was so good and it was leagel the eye dr told me it was ok i went less than a mile to the store but i drove i found the laundry soap and payed for it all by my self so good to have some freedom agan!

roger 2010-03-03 14:30:11 -0600 Report

i was finly able to see so i could post my pic with shield after surg only one day late but i did it
SEE do more and more every day

roger 2010-03-03 18:11:08 -0600 Report

so so so good it was only 28 days but i drove 2 hr at least every day and some times on the week end so i quit cold turkey when the dr told me i was leagly blind .it was only 2 miles or less but freedom to do by my selfand only gets better from here

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-01 20:41:20 -0600 Report

It's pretty scary the consequences of being diabetic. I haven't been to the eye Dr in about 11 years. I need to go, it's just hard to find a Dr, make an appt and afford it. But it looks like I will be doing that in the next couple of weeks…

roger 2010-03-02 08:43:23 -0600 Report

good for you.

roger 2010-03-02 08:46:46 -0600 Report

945 AM just got home from hospital, surgery for cataract in left eye all done , all went well. will try to post better later when i can open both eyes.

donna13 2010-03-02 09:35:34 -0600 Report

Glad to see your over your ordeal. Hope everything is going well. My mother had cataract surgery, probably in the early '60's. After the surgery she had to lie in her bed (in the hospital) for a week with sand bags on either side of her head so she didn't move. She had one eye done at a time so was in the hospital for 2 weeks, bedridden. Aren't you glad to live in modern times, with lasers and other things that make surgeries so much easier.

roger 2010-03-02 20:13:29 -0600 Report

thank u can see alittle through sheildbut will kmow mor around 900 am tomaro when they take shield off

rankearl 2010-03-02 09:38:16 -0600 Report

danni do you have a walmart around you? i go yearly cost is about 50 dollars it is a full exam ((HUGS)) julie

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-02 20:08:56 -0600 Report

I live in the south lol walmart is the next best thing to the mall. But thanks for that imformation. I will check it out next week after I get paid. Thanks Julie!
:) Danni

packrat2 2010-03-01 11:41:31 -0600 Report

I go in once a year for a eye exam, eye Doc. said last time that my eyes were good…have had type one for 45 years
regards packrat2

roger 2010-03-01 11:46:12 -0600 Report

i have ben type two for 21 years i am on a pump and love it. glad u do not have any eye ish but keep an EYE on them
ha ha ha

Harlen 2010-02-28 12:34:57 -0600 Report

and thank you for sharing with us.
I test my BS 5 times a day to keep ontop of it and have my eyes tested twice a year,I get it for free from a frend thank god.I dont know what I would do if I was unable to see.I think that its one of my fears! I make a good living useing my eyes.
Best wishes all

roger 2010-03-01 11:36:47 -0600 Report

i go every 3 or so mounths good thing id do i was driving to and from work every day and did not realize how bad my vis was !
i have not driven starting 2/5 and hope i can start back to work on 4/1 keep fingers crossed need to get back so i can pay dr bills and copays and deductabals $$$$$$$$! bottom line go SEE eye DR while you can! and often!

theladyiscrazy 2010-02-26 16:55:29 -0600 Report

I go for my first diabetic eye exam mid-march. I am very curious (and a little concern) to see what the doctor finds.

donna13 2010-02-26 22:47:44 -0600 Report

It's good you're going for the exam. Will keep my fingers crossed that everything turns out ok for you.

sweething 2010-02-26 15:13:49 -0600 Report

My eye problems have caused me a lot of fear and anxiety. I have diabetic retinopathy and also lost part of my vision in one eye because of optic nerve edema, also associated with diabetes. I do not have pain or need injections of any kind at this time, but my thoughts are with both of you. You must share my anxiety regarding your eyesight, and my prayers are with you. As diabetics, we must never take our eyesight for granted.

donna13 2010-02-26 22:42:08 -0600 Report

As I said my problem is not connected with my diabetes. I'm not knowedgeable about diabetic retinopathy - what is the treatment? Or do they have anything that helps? My laser surgery and the injections have helped me enormously, and I know that when my sister started with her MD about 25 years ago there was no help for her. She was lwgally blind when she died. I do know that because my MD was caught early it made it easier to treat. It's probably the same for the retinopathy,

roger 2010-03-01 11:22:22 -0600 Report

i started with retinopathy!
have had 8 lazor treatments in each eye
and 4 steroid inj in left eye and will have the 4 in right eye on next thr
the steroid caused my cataract to grow in 4 mounths i had none in oct and ready to come out in late jan my vis went from 20/ 25 and 20/50 befor steroid inj 3 weaks later i had 20 20 in each eye then 4 mounths later i had 20 /200 in each eye
it has given me a rear look at what it might be like for me to loose my eye sight for good
i can still see but like looking through sunglasses with vasalean smeerd on them or like every thing in a fog
in about 2 hr i find out when my left cataract is removed tomarow keep an eye on my profile pic i will try to up date it tomarow so u can see the fat man with one eye bandageed

roger 2010-03-01 11:25:57 -0600 Report

PS thank you DONNA 13 for being my eyes and posting this page for us to share our eyes with you all :)

donna13 2010-03-01 12:04:23 -0600 Report

I had been to my opha. in Aug. My retina dr. told me in Jan. that I need to have my cataracts operated on. I went back to my oph. and she was surprised how much the cataract in my one eye had grown. It is not really affecting my eyesight yet, but is affecting the way I am to be treated. So in the not too distant future I will also be facing cataract surgery. By the way, unlike Roger only one of my eyes is affected. I was given a grid, sort of a checkboard type block, that I am to use everyday to see if my bad eye is getting worse, or my good eye is beginning to deteriorate.

rankearl 2010-03-02 09:36:07 -0600 Report

i too have cataracts in both eyes lst time they were tested they were still mild my mother had catarct surgery in nov last year both eyes about 2 weeks apart she said the surgery which was laser wasnt anyhting she ahd all these drops after that werent easy to keep up with but once her vision improved she said she couldnt belive how much had been missing colors in general were so bright godd luck think postive hope all goes well ((HUGS)) julie

MAYS 2010-02-26 14:43:18 -0600 Report

Take your eyes and eyesight seriously,
there are a lot of things to both see and do in this world.
Don't miss them, have your eyes tested !