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Re: [IP] complications to the eyes


I am sorry to hear of your dilemma.  Like you, I have had several laser 
treatments an surgeries on my eyes to include two vitrectomies, two retinal 
detachments and have had "buckles" put in both of my eyes to prevent further 
retinal detachments.  I too began a regiment of tight control when I went 
from stage one to stag three within  months!!!  Unfortunately, my doctor was 
very conservative and kept watch on the bleed to see if it would clear.  
Well it did not and nine months later, he sent me to a surgeon.  The 
surgeon, who was a retinal specialist and specialized in diabetes patients 
told me that agressive treatment, when pertaining to your eyes and diabetes 
is the best way to deal with it if you are relatively young and in otherwise 
good health. Unfortunaely, what the "watching" eye doctor did not know was 
that while he was unable to see the back of my eye due to the bleed, I had a 
severe retinal detachment, which hgas left me with only about 25% center 
vision  The surgeon also said that your eyes will heal to the point of your 
worst vision prior to the bleed/surgery but will not get any worse after the 
surgery, however if you wait, your vision is still able to deteriorate 
further.  It really is your decision, but speaking from experience, but I 
see red every time I think of the wonderful shades of blue and greenI could 
be seeing igf I hadn't listened to the "watching expert" and been patient.  
I think this would have been the one time that I could have honestly been 
thankful for my need of instant gratification instead of trying to aquire 
that virtue my parents always tell me about!!  Good luck in whatever you 
decide.  If you need to talk further, please do not hesitate to email me 
directly.  I'll be saying some Hail Marys, please let me know what you 

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>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IP] complications to the eyes
>Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:52:40 EDT
>John wrote:
> > I have had eye complications for about 3 years.Ihave had a lot of laser
> > surgery on both eyes. The eye doctor tells me the eyes will claer up, 
> > the past 1.5 years.Any ideas?
>I only had diabetes 16 years before I started showing "changes" in my
>eyes...and I went from Stage 2 "condition" to Stage 3 "disease" with 
>bleeds in the period of months.  I had my first laser in May 1990, my first
>bleed in December 1990 (in the eye that wasn't lasered).  I had 3.5 years 
>laser in that eye, during which time I went on the pump (3/93).  When I 
>on the pump, I was NOT told that stricter control sometimes led to a
>WORSENING of retinopathy, which for some people it does...And for me, I 
>from an A1C of over 8 to 5.9 in 3 months!!!  "They" say that after some 
>of improved control, then the retinopathy improves...well, my first year on
>the pump with super tight control and more lows led to a LOT more bleeds.  
>eventually had a vitrectomy in 1994, and had a year of no problems...I also
>raised my target range from 80-120 to 100-150 in order to avoid 
>Then in 1995 my "good" eye started bleeding (this is the one that was 
>first, back in 1990), and it is the one that is in need of a vitrectomy 
>HOWEVER...for the past few years, my doctors have been telling me that I DO
>NOT HAVE ANY NEW GROWTH, thanks to my improved control...so yes, the
>retinopathy is regressing...it is not going away, but no new growth is a 
>thing.  I am bleeding now, cuz my vitreous is pulling away from the retina,
>kinda like when you pick at a scab and the wound begins to bleed again.  No
>amount of perfect blood sugars can stop that.
>So here is my dilemma...My right eye has not cleared since the last time it
>bled in May.  This is the first time it has NOT cleared on its own, and it 
>at this point in 1994 when I had the vitrectomy in my left eye.  The eye
>doctor says it is my decision when to do it, and the last time I saw him, 
>said if I was his sister, he'd say wait.  I ask my self is my quality of 
>diminished to the point that I want to risk this surgery, that is not 
>100% guaranteed?  I have almost been run over several times by cars that 
>out of "nowhere," I bump into people who "sneak" up on my blind side, I 
>walked into open doors and cabinets.  My left eye does all the seeing right
>now, but due to the vitrectomy, and the ensuing cataract surgery, I can't
>read the phone book and doing my needlework gives me a headache and I have
>lost some blue/green color distinction, which  makes my needlework look
>funny...and it is kinda double vision ...on top of that, the pupil is
>permanently dilated and no longer round.  Because I can't see out of the
>right eye, I have noticed a tendancy for my eyes to kind of cross when I am
>concentrating or working out...It just kinda drifts off...must be REAL
>I weigh all that and come up with.....I don't know what to do...
>please tell me what to do...make my decision for me, call my doctor and 
>the appointment, come stay with me while I have it done...dammit I need my
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