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RE: [IPk] retinopathy
Commiserations. Sometimes it seems that, no matter how hard you try,
complications are gonna get you...
Laser treatment isn't so bad. If you need just a quick zap to halt the
progress of retinopathy, then a couple of sessions should do the trick with no
lasting side effects. As far as I understand it, there are two approaches:
zap any new arteries which are growing into the aqueous humour, and/or burn
off some retina related to peripheral vision so the eye doesn't require so
much oxygen. I guess the amount of deteriation will dictate what approach
It was an uncomfortable experience rather than painful. They put anaesthetic
drops in you eye first, then they hold a thick lens on the eye and shoot
through that. There's no way you can close you eyelid against that, so in a
way, its much easier than slit microscopy. I found that everything looked a
bit peach-coloured for a couple of hours afterwards, and a paracetamol or two
as soon as I came out of the clinic kept the pain levels low. The pain was
much like sinusitis pain, but not so bad.
I found that I had moving kaleidoscopes of light in my peripheral vision for a
few months, but I only really noticed it in the dark or when I closed my
Take a friend along with you, and remember your sunglasses, even in the deep
midwinter! I used to sit in a darkened Pizza Hut for about an hour
afterwards, but maybe I shouldn't admit to that...!
HTH and doesn't discourage you. It's most certainly worth it.
I'm a bit anxious about the side effects of laser therapy. I know many people
on this list have gone through it and would be grateful for some reassurance
or honest information)
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