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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V6 #381

   As another long term diabetic with vision problems, the best advice I can 
give is find an optometrist who deals specializes in low vision.  The 
ophthalmologists and retinal specialists are dealing with preventing the 
progression of eye diseases and conditions, a good low vision specialist can 
help you learn to make the most of your compromised vision. 
   I was 19 when I started with retinopathy, an awful lot of laser treatments 
and a vitrectomy later, I was left with vision in 1 eye that was correctable 
to 20/50 and 20/200 vision in the other eye. When my retinal specialist said 
he felt I was "stabilized", he told me to go see a low vision specialist. I 
was 21, on welfare with a disability code, couldn't drive, and basically did 
not know what to do with myself until I went to see the low vision Dr. He 
helped me turn my life around. He put me in contact with the right agencies, 
got me some adaptive equipment, helped me get my licensee back 
(conditional-daytime driving only) and helped get me involved in vocational 
rehab. 15 years later, I have a successful career, my endo wants to have me 
talk to her type II's and types I's who don't "get it" and have given up, and 
I think I owe just so much to him. The Dr's I saw all said the same thing, 
too much damage to do anything. The low vision Dr knew I could still be a 
productive member of society (not to say ppl on disability are not productive 
or have given up, but I wanted more than the $550 a month welfare was 
"granting" me).
   My latest challenge is that I went to go see my favorite Dr last week, I 
have been noticing a change in my vision, he saw the start of a small 
cataract in my "good" eye, but said because it is my "vision"eye, we cannot 
do anything, and even if I had perfect vision, he would do nothing, until it 
started making a bigger impact in vision quality. 
   OK, way off on a tangent here, what it comes down to is a good low vision 
Dr can make a huge impact and help you get the most from your vision so you 
can have a more "normal" life. E-mail me privately, if you want, I will ask 
my Dr if he can recommend a Dr  who is in your area (I know he is very active 
in his field, a professor and attends many seminars, so I think he should be 
able to get me a name for you).
    Good Luck and God Bless!
 Jacky D. 

In a message dated 6/6/2002 6:18:06 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

> Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2002 20:21:41 -0400
> From: Susan Stone <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] Cataracts
> I am a 49 year old Type 1 diabetic.  I have had diabetes since the age
> of two and having been pumping for two years and two days.  Over the
> past year I have developed serious problems with my vision due to the
> formation of cataracts.  A retinologist who looked at my eyes told me he
> would not consider removing the cataracts until they were much more
> advanced.  I work as a librarian and my inability to see creates a
> problem.  Has anyone dealt with cataracts or had surgery to remove
> them?  I did a quick check of the archive and came up empty-handed.
> Sue Stone
> Type 1, 47 years
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