I'd like to get some input from people who are dealing with PDR. I have been dealing with PDR for 5 years. My left eye went first very quickly. I had a big bleed requiring a vitrectomy and tons of lasering. Left eye is stable but there isn't much left to it. I only have central vision in my left eye. The peripheral vision has been aggressively lasered away.
The doctor has been working on my right eye now. Have had some periodic bleeding. Had a vitrectomy and some lasering. The lasering hasn't been enough because my eye is still bleeding. Avastin shots every other month have been keeping my right eye under control.
The doctor says a could probably benefit from more lasering in the right eye but I have been afraid of losing what remains of my peripheral vision. I asked the doctor if I could continue to take Avastin shots indefinitely. He said I could if I really wanted too.
So hers where I would like the input. Would you go for the lasering, which will put a stop to the bleeding but pretty much do away with any peripheral vision you might have? Or would you stick with the shots as long as possible in order to preserve the ability to view a wider angle.
I am most afraid of losing the ability to drive. I don't see how one can safely drive with only central vision. Also my ability to safely move about has been compromised. I frequently bump into people and things that I can't see to the sides and knock stuff over. Lots of head bumps and toe stubs going on.
The shots are a pain but they are over very quickly and they do work, albeit only temporarily. The lasering is permanent but destructive. Any opinions?