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Re: [IP] eyes
Although you might think that you would not have wanted to have the doctor
wait and have had done something sooner, you might want to know the reasons why
he waited to do laser.
(Without trying to be too technical). Laser is probably one of the
best things to come along next to the pump. BUT, it does have it's
FAULTS. For one thing you might want to know when you burn those spots in
back of your eyes not only are you sealing off those areas of potentially
damaging "spots", but you are also damaging areas in the back of your
retina. These are rods and cones, and are what determine color and
fine tuning of what you see, with the fovea centralis in the macula being
the sharpest point in the center of your field of vision. The more burns
that occur the more damage done to those parts. Also, the more burns in
the back of your eye, chances are that eventually it will suffer either what is
called macula ischemia, (which is when the blood supply to your macula is cut
off or limited and essentially starved, losing the ability to function), OR
macular edema, (which is a build up of fluid in the macula area, which is
similar to a blister, creating swelling which does not allow visual
perception). Either one is pretty much a guarantee of severe visual
Over twenty years ago I had nonproliferative retinopathy in my right
eye. Laser was still pretty new and the spots that they burned were larger
than the spots they do today. As a preventative measure the doctor I was
seeing decided the best treatment was to aggressively treat this area with
laser. The first thing I loss was the sharpness and the second was my
ability to determine color out of that eye. Eventually, I lost my perfect
twenty-twenty vision out of that eye due to macular ischemia.
Ten years later and a really great ophthalmalogist told me that the first
doctor had "butchered" my eye and all of my visual loss was due to over
aggressiveness, NOT DIABETES.
In the past ten years I have had ten spots burned in my left eye.
My vision in that eye is perfect. I can read all the way to the
bottom of the chart and that includes the company that put their name on
it. My doctor says that everything looks so great and I will never go
blind, let alone have severe visual loss in that eye.
If someone were to tell me that the doctor they saw wanted to
burn 1500 spots in their eye I would tell them to run the other way
and get a second, and a third opinion. Make sure that you doctor
proceeds with caution, and goes slowly. They can always do more at a
slower pace, not undo what was done in a rush.