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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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Those who have had laser for PDR

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Ingřid Glass 9 hours ago. 26 Replies

Lucentis and Floaters?

Started by Leata Nov 4, 2013. 0 Replies

Lucentis for Macular Edema

Started by Leata. Last reply by amanda02 Jul 12, 2013. 8 Replies

Weight lifting

Started by twinchick. Last reply by shoshana27 May 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Two questions

Started by MapleSugar. Last reply by Baby Tee Apr 30, 2013. 3 Replies

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Comment by Linda G on May 30, 2013 at 12:12pm

I know this is a different issue....but does anyone know about corneal dystrophy?

Comment by Leata on May 30, 2013 at 11:22am

Whoops! Blank comment.
Anyway, I want to echo Amanda's comment: the shots aren't nearly as scary as they sound. The prep is actually more unpleasant, to me. And the gadget they use to hold your eye open. The shot itself is so, so quick and really just a tiny sting (this is Lucentis, not sure about Avastin). My understanding is that if you can treat edema with medication rather than laser, you want to do it, because with laser there is potential for lost peripheral vision.

Comment by Leata on May 30, 2013 at 11:20am

Comment by Brigitte on May 30, 2013 at 10:54am

Many thanks for your answers.

Comment by Marie B on May 30, 2013 at 10:44am

the best retina guy I ever had is Dr. Sebag, he's in southern CA
http://www.vmrinstitute.com/html/meet.html

Comment by amanda02 on May 30, 2013 at 10:12am

Miss Robbie,
Unfortunately, this is in Virginia, the East Coast, but try looking into what is available where you are.

Steve,
This is done under local anesthetic. First the doctor dilates the eye; then pours lidocaine into the eye, then does the injection. It only takes a few seconds. It isn't any worse than having a tooth filled in a dentist's office.

Comment by missrobbie on May 30, 2013 at 10:01am

Amanda02,

Does this eye doctor have an office in California?

Comment by amanda02 on May 30, 2013 at 9:57am

Miss Robbie,
You should certainly look into disability payments and what kind of public assistance you qualify for. Locally, we have eye doctors who will treat unemployed or uninsured patients at no charge.

Comment by amanda02 on May 30, 2013 at 9:53am

Brigitte,
Usually a combination of injections and laser treatment, done in the doctor's office. The treatment is usually one injection in one eye; then a week later, one in the other eye, if both eyes need to be treated. Then an angiogram is done to see where the leaking blood vessels are, and laser surgery is done to cauterize the leaking vessels, again one eye one week and the other the next.Then after about a month, the eyes are examined again, and treatment may be repeated.

Comment by Steve D on May 30, 2013 at 9:34am

Brigitte-
My retinal surgeon told me the same thing about three months ago...but for some reason he just backed off on the injections. I couldnt sleep for about two weeks when he first told me, I have had 5 vitrectomies but in those cases they pretty much dope you up before sticking needles in your eye. I would just ask is there any way they can sedate you for the procedure. This crap with the eyes is the worst! Good luck!

 

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