Diabetics With Eye Problems


Diabetics With Eye Problems

If you have diabetes and have had eye complications or you are legally blind as a result of diabetes, join this group.

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Experience with a vitrectomy?

Started by thisisbs. Last reply by thisisbs Jun 30. 22 Replies


Started by Maarja. Last reply by Siri Jun 20. 15 Replies

Blindness and pain

Started by michele0130. Last reply by Cinderfella May 14. 1 Reply


Started by Maarja. Last reply by David (dns) Apr 24. 1 Reply


Started by Maarja Apr 24. 0 Replies

Those who have had laser for PDR

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Ingřid Glass Apr 23. 26 Replies

Lucentis and Floaters?

Started by Leata Nov 4, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Cinderfella on Tuesday
I am so frustrated tonight. Still dealing with on-going eye bleeds in my right eye, even after having a vitrectomy and lasering back in November. The doctor says I need even more lasering. I will not have ANY peripheral vision left in either eye after this. I know that the peripheral vision has to be sacrificed in order to save the central vision but I'm still worried about it. My eyes are like Swiss cheese on the inside-- lots of black holes around the edges with clear sections in the middle. I've had Avastin shots up the wazoo, but they have been only a temporary fix. Feeling very alone in my frustration tonight and wishing there was another way to deal with PDR besides lasering your retinas away.
Comment by earthling on May 22, 2014 at 4:03pm

Tiki, so sorry you're are having so much trouble. Sounds scary. I hope the surgery is effective, and your healing swift. I haven't had this surgery so I can't share personal experience. I have heard from others that the bubble has a longer recuperation time with more restrictions (no flying?). Maybe Dr. Wong can give an experienced perspective from the doctor's POV. Good luck and please let us know how it goes.

Comment by Tiki on May 21, 2014 at 9:44am

I go in for a third surgery on my right eye on June 3rd. This is going to be to remove silicon oil and replace it with a gas bubble, do some "clean up", and put on a scleral band to keep my stubborn retina (it keeps rippling) permanently in place. I am told this surgery will be more invasive and painful than the other two I've had. The other two were for retinal detachment, clean-up scaring from retinopathy, vitrectomy, and to stop some hemorrhaging. Has anyone had the band surgery? How was the recovery?

Comment by jane on May 5, 2014 at 3:56pm

Thank you

Comment by Randall Wong, M.D. on May 5, 2014 at 3:26pm


I'm a little confused. Did you mean to say you had laser surgery due to a tear in your retina? Tears in the retina are usually unassociated with diabetes. In severe cases of diabetic retinopathy, where a retinal detachment has occurred, a tear could happen. Most often, however, there is no association.

Hope this helped.


Comment by jane on May 5, 2014 at 2:44pm

This past month I had laser surgery on one of my eyes died to a tear retina. Should I do anything with my diabetes to help or control it? Or it doesn't affect diabetes?

Comment by Marie B on November 6, 2013 at 10:21am

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Comment by Tom on October 24, 2013 at 9:23pm

Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye camera. It may be done when there is a retinal detachment, because removing the vitreous gel gives your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) better access to the back of the eye. The vitreous gel may also be removed if blood in the vitreous gel (vitreous hemorrhage) does not clear on its own.

During a vitrectomy, the surgeon inserts small instruments into the eye, cuts the vitreous gel, and suctions it out. After removing the vitreous gel, the surgeon may treat the retina with a laser (photocoagulation), cut or remove fibrous or scar tissue from the retina, flatten areas where the retina has become detached, or repair tears or holes in the retina or macula.
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At the end of the surgery, silicone oil or a gas is injected into the eye to replace the vitreous gel and restore normal pressure in the eye.

Vitrectomy is always done by an eye doctor who has special training in treating problems of the retina.
What To Expect After Surgery

Vitrectomy may require an overnight hospital stay. But it may sometimes be done as outpatient surgery. The surgery lasts 2 to 3 hours. Your eye doctor will determine if the surgery can be done with local or general anesthesia.

You may need to position yourself in a certain way at home for a while. Your doctor will tell you what position to lie in so that the gas or oil can push against the detachment.

Comment by Cinderfella on October 24, 2013 at 8:03pm
Missrobbie. You would need a vitrectomy if you had excessive bleeding in your eye. The vitrectomy cleans the blood out and helps make the leaky blood vessels recede. It's usually accompanied by some lasering.
Comment by Linda G on October 24, 2013 at 6:52pm

Linda...with it's small tears in the cornea. But I think the mending procedure is different.


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