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Re: [IP] Vitrectomy results



Time for a second opinion!
> 
> From: Shaun Oakey <email @ redacted>
> Date: 2002/11/05 Tue PM 05:48:53 EST
> To: <email @ redacted>
> CC: <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] Vitrectomy results
> 
> I am a Type 1 and fairly well controlled; my only complication after 30-odd
> years as a diabetic has been some background retinopathy requiring
> occasional laser zaps. However, two summers ago I had a major bleed in one
> eye which did not clear. After about 6 months of watching, my eye
> specialist, by all accounts my city's best, tried a trial drug that is
> injected into the eye and apparently often clears out the blood. It didn't
> work for me, and so we agreed I would have a vitrectomy, which I did in the
> fall of 2001. My surgeon assured me that I was a routine case and my vision
> would return to normal, and that the only complications were that some
> patients "experienced some discomfort" afterwards and there was, of course,
> always a risk of infection with surgery.
> 
> In the year since, my vision has not returned to normal. I have periods of
> cloudiness or fogginess in the eye, and periods of dryness as if I have a
> dry contact lens in the eye. I am never able to read ordinary type with that
> eye, with or without glasses (I can sometimes make out headlines and big
> signs), and my optometrist says no change to my lens prescription will
> improve things. Not a problem but also curious is that the pupil of my
> operated eye is noticeably smaller than my other pupil.
> 
> At all my follow-up visits to the surgeon, I describe what I experience. We
> routinely have an exchange where he says the vision problem is a result of
> blood-sugar fluctuations and I say no, it isn't, that would affect both eyes
> the same way and anyway, blood-sugar fluctuations blur the vision, they
> don't cloud it. He has no explanation for my other complaints and says I am
> doing "excellently." As someone who relies for my livelihood on my ability
> to read, I wouldn't exactly call it excellent. I pray nothing happens to my
> other eye.
> 
> I'm curious how many other people have had vitrectomies with similar
> disappointing results. I find it hard to believe I'm the first of my
> surgeon's thousands of patients to have had this outcome, and I find it hard
> to believe he has no explanation. But maybe it's more common than he lets
> on.
> 
> Thanks for any info,
> Shaun
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