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Re: [IP] Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

I was diagnosed with D in 1970 when I was almost 8.  In 1981 at the age of 19
I started treatment for retinopathy.  I received lots of treatment in both
eyes and eventually went blind in my left.
I was referred to a wonderful retinal specialist in Detroit and he saved my
eyesight in my right eye.  I went through laser in my right and laser,
cryosurgery and then some more in depth surgeries for detached retina on my
left, but he was unable to save my sight in that eye.  I was legally blind for
about 18 months in both eyes and then the bleeding stopped in my right eye
(because of the aggressive laser treatment) and eventually my vision was
restored.  I can't drive at night and have lost some peripheral vision, plus
no depth perception, but I CAN SEE!  I am forever thankful for that.
4 years ago, at the age of 35 I had cataract surgery on my right eye and I
continue to see wonderfully well.  I now have 20/25 vision in my eye without
correction, but I do wear reading glasses.  I work, I can drive and function
like anyone else.  Most people don't even know I am blind in that eye.
I just saw my local ophthalmologist Monday and my eye continues to be stable.
He told me years ago that once you go through the bad time with retinopathy,
it usually stabilizes and stays away, and it certainly has for me.  It has
been about 20 years now.  He also stresses tight control, which I now have.
Please remember, the prognosis can be very good!  Like others have said, seek
out a retinal specialist because it can make all the difference in the world.
I am sure there have been vast improvements in treatment since I went through
my time with it too.

I wish you the very best!

Brenda : )
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