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Old 11-02-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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laser for retinopathy

my husband has retinopathy and hes had a lot of laser and still is..his eye doctor has said the laser has stopped the bleeding but he is still getting floaters..he is also complaining about blurry vision and sensetivity to light..he is very depressed and says he is going blind..i dont know much about retinopathy and i am very worried about he really going to go blind? any answers

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Old 11-03-2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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Re: laser for retinopathy

This is not clear from your message, but what kind of retinopathy does your husband have (diabetic, hypertensive)?

Unfortunately, many types of retinopathy are progressive and may result in blindness or severe vision loss, particularly if the macula becomes affected.

As someone who was born totally blind, I can tell you that blindness isn't the end of the world. There are many kinds of amazing technology available to help blind and visually impaired people live happy, successful lives.

While it may be difficult for your husband to adjust to further vision loss, he will eventually learn to come to terms with it in due time.

If you could tell me a little more about your husband's retinopathy, perhaps I can provide you with more helpful information.

Old 11-03-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
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thank you for responding dreams in neon...well my husband has proliferative diabetic retinopathy which was diognosed 5 years i said he has had tons of laser treatments and has also had cataracts removed in both eyes and a vitrectomy in his left eye....he has had type 1 diabetes for 32 years..i just hope that if he does lose vision he will be able to deal with it...thank you so much for responding i really appreciate it...have a very good night...

Old 12-01-2008, 02:24 AM   #4
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Re: laser for retinopathy

I also have Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 13. I am 29 years old now and have only been living with the news since January of this year. I have had 2 vitrectomy surgeries on my left eye, tons of laser and they have started work on my right eye for both macular edema and proliferative retinopathy. My left eye is also very sensitive to light, I experience floaters, blurry vision and often feel like I am going blind. Reading about your husband feels like my life. There is the possibility that your husband could lose his sight, but I'm sure it isn't a definite answer that any doctor can truly give you. It is good for your husband to stay connected, informed and very proactive with his health from here on in. Don't wait for something further to go wrong, try to keep blood sugar levels under control, keep appointments and ask lots of questions.

I'm not really sure how/if I can be of any help, but sometimes just knowing that others are experiencing some of the feelings and emotions you are going through as a family helps. So I will share a bit of me with you. When you say your husband is depressed, I completely empathize. There are days that I am scared and worry that if I lose my sight will I remember faces? places? sceneries? colours? Our sight is so precious that the idea of living without it seems impossible. It is always encouraging to hear the optimistic words from others about how it is possible to live and have a life if challenged with low vision or blindness. But as part of the human condition we do not easily part with things we deem precious. We do not like to give up our this case the treasure being our sight. I think it is hard to know what it is like to see the world and each day fear that it may be taken away. I have definitely travelled an emotional journey this year and I will never be ready to say goodbye to my sight, but I have had to search for a place inside for the possibility to exist and to be ok with it. I still get frustrated at times, I still cry and I still fear the unexpected. I know I will figure this thing out and not let it emotionally take over me or my life. The other thing I am learning is that I am not the only one going through this. My husband has also lived the last year full of worry for me and for himself. I often feel guilty that we have only been married 2 years and this is his future. I know the right answer is this our future and it will be what we make of it. I will tell you that you are so critical in your husband's journey through this. Let him lean on you and don't be afraid to share your worries with him. I know how much I have needed my best friend through all this and how I will need him on the long road ahead. I know that it feels like it will never end and the doctors can't give you the answers you want to hear, but hang in there. I am not religious, but I believe that things, events happen to all of us in our lives and it is how we choose to pick up the pieces and carry on that makes life worth living. We do not have control over keeping our sight, we don't alway (we sure try though!) to have control over our blood sugars, but we do have control over how we choose to face each day. I send my warmest wishes to you and your husband. If you have any questions or you would just like to share, I will try my best to have helpful answers and replies.

Old 02-20-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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Feb. 20, 2009

How often do they do the DYE test for all of you?

DANCINBOOTS, if you're reading, since having your peel in November, how are you doing, and I believe we discussed that you left the place I've been going to because your worries weren't addressed. They just tell me I'm going to fail my driving vision exam, as if it's okay. I've even called in several times before the license thing came up, feeling the problem is back again and they still don't test for that any more. In fact, I had to get a second opinion to get things started that time I did have treatment.

You're all saying you've had "tons" of laser, meaning the series of 4laser treatments, up to 950burns per session?

Amsler blocks look square, so can I assume no macular degeneration?

Michigan requires 20/40 vision in at least one eye for renewing a license. I've had that, maybe even 20/30 in my better eye, after cataract surgery and retinopathy treatment healed.

If you fail the driving exam and then get some treatment, will they let you try again?


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