Just was told I had to have laser on my right eye..not exactly excited about this...but after 40 years of living with Type 1 I suppose I am not surprised. I don't have any other complications, on a pump and am making a conscious effort to lower my A1C. I am in Vancouver seeing Dr. Lica Chui...does anyone have any comments or suggestions? I have 20/20 vision now so am worried about losing peripheral vision...
I'm thankful for you that you have the opportunity to be followed by a specialist early enough that you still have 20/20. :) Don't worry, your peripheral isn't going to go away with one treatment, I've had 3 in each eye, and a few surgeries and my right eye has actually improved in vision and I never lost peripheral, although I did lose some night vision. If you can get in to see Dr. Lam, he has more designations beside his name then any doctor I've ever met, and although he lacks bedside manner most of the time, he is amazing at what he does and has saved me from being completely blind at 23. Don't be afraid or worried, you have a wonderful chance because it sounds like you caught it early. :)
This is the American Diabetes Association page on Eye Complications
"People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes."
Glaucoma is a nasty one, because it's very difficult to treat and it's progressive and can lead to blindness.
The good news is that if you can normalize your blood glucose levels, you can substantially reduce the risk. With tight control you can arrest the development of complications and at least partial reverse them. Having too low an LDL level can cause the eyes to age more rapidly, so that should be avoided. Also powerful anti-oxidants such a R-Alpha Lipoic Acid have been shown to repair organ damage and neuropathy.
If you have good control and a health lifestyle and diet, there's no cause for alarm.
I have been a type 1 for 41 years, I am 43 years old. I have had laser surgery on my right eye about 12 times and in my left eye 9 times. It's all good, I have not noticed any vision problems, peripheral or otherwise. I am now wearing reading glasses, I think that's more to do with my age then diabetes, there are planty of 40+ people that wear readers. I see Dr. Baziuk in Oshawa Ontario, she says this is better then going blind with the buildup of blood vessels and dried up blood in the capillaries of your eyes.
Not sure if my experience is similar to what you are referring to : retinopathy ?? .
I had this past summer 70 Laser zaps in each eye ...for glaucoma ( high pressure in the eyes ) for which I have been delivering 2 times daily 2 different drops for a number of years .My Opthamologist showed me the pictures of eyes at her office as well does the Optometrist and show no sign of retinopathy .
I recall drops to dilate were delivered . No aches , no needles were used .
The Doc's assistant placed herself behind me with her hand against the back of my head , so I would stay still while Dr. was zapping ...I had to lean against the machine with my fore head . I am due for my twice yearly check up mid Jan .I had cataract surgery in 2008 ...another age related event:) Recently had a drivers medical( eye test , incl peripheral vision is part of the medical ) by my GP and she stated , that in her opinion , I don't require similar test till 2017 .I have been wearing glasses since age 6 and use progressive lenses since I turned 45 ( 1985 ) ...hope this is helpful svkidd ...all the best