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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Latest Activity: Dec 11, 2014

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bleed after 3 months po vitrectomy

Started by Vikki. Last reply by Vikki Dec 11, 2014. 9 Replies

Those who have had laser for PDR

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Cinderfella Aug 26, 2014. 27 Replies

Experience with a vitrectomy?

Started by thisisbs. Last reply by thisisbs Jun 30, 2014. 22 Replies


Started by Maarja. Last reply by Siri Jun 20, 2014. 15 Replies

Blindness and pain

Started by michele0130. Last reply by Cinderfella May 14, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Maarja. Last reply by David (dns) Apr 24, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Maarja Apr 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Po-Op Cataract Surgery Eye Exam

Started by TI. Last reply by trenia Apr 7, 2014. 5 Replies

Lucentis and Floaters?

Started by Leata Nov 4, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by michele0130 on July 25, 2013 at 6:47am
My husband went through the same thing you're going through. We put some things on credit cards. Is that an option for you? I don't like doing that but if it means getting your eyes fixed then I say do it. He's blind in his left eye now because of the detached retina and went through 5 surgeries on his right eye and he's good to go now. Credit card debt is a terrible thing but when it comes to emergencies and there's no where else to turn then do it. There has to be organizations that can help you. What state do you live in? If you have a lot of friends maybe set up a fund online (gofundme.com. Or just give.com) and people can share on FAcebook and help to get you your surgeries :) Can't hurt to ask!
Comment by Steve D on July 25, 2013 at 6:25am

I would recommend you take immediate ACTION. Give Binder & Binder a call and explain your predicament. I am sure they will offer a suggestion, (believe me they see the reward at the end of the tunnel)(I do not have anything to do with the firm, they just really did a good job for me) you can also solicit the help of your doc, if he is willing! Talk to as many people (potential allies) as possible....you got a tough situation and YOU DESERVE HELP!

Comment by missrobbie on July 25, 2013 at 4:23am

Steve, my right eye has a retina detach but my other "good" left eye needs ALLOT of laser surgery. I can't depend on this left eye. Sad to say , my "good" eye was my right eye. About disability, I'm already prepared to be reject my first time . Right now , I don't know what to do because I can't afford anything right now. My insurance doesn't cover **** my eye surgeries, which I need.I'm waiting to be approve for Medicare .I just don't know what to do

Comment by amanda02 on July 24, 2013 at 2:43pm

Try your local and state agencies. Call your local social services office. Call your local Free Clinics.

Comment by Tom on July 24, 2013 at 1:23pm

It is not a rant but you bring up a good point. What do you do while you wait on the Government to make a decision concerning your welfare. Steve D is correct in that expect to be rejected a few times before they feel the implications of what you are going through.

Comment by Steve D on July 24, 2013 at 12:45pm

I agree with what everyone is saying per "loss of vision in one eye is NOT the end of the world." but, back when I was 43 years old, I had pretty much lost vision in one eye...and was having hemhoragges in the second, I loved my job as a Marketing VP (travelled worldwide, was paid nicely) and I was feeling like I could not go on calling into my office everytime my eye blew out, and I needed to go on disability. Fortunately, my doctor and the SS admin. both agreed! And truly, it was the best decision for me! Just need to make sure you have a good lawyer, and a cooperative eye doctor (mine was my Retinal surgeon). All in all, early 40's should NOT be a deterrent! Good Luck....Also, you should EXPECT to be rejected first time around...again, get a good lawyer! Binder & Binder was mine. And they were great! Dont lose hope, missrobbie. Stay strong!

Comment by missrobbie on July 24, 2013 at 10:47am

I'm worried about my vision because I'm in my early 40's and I'm probably tooo YOUNG to be approve right away for disability/SSI so how do I feed myself when I can't get a job(state worker or librarian). Another problem because my PCIP health insurance doesn't cover my retinal detach surgery,I can't have the surgery. I would need $800 dollars up front to pay for this surgery which I don't have because I lost my job in May(fail job performance test due to my vision). I AM LOST RIGHT NOW. Both of my eyes are not in good shape but according to the SSDI/SSI vision rules, my vision is fine not legally blind. I filed SSI/SSDI in June so I have to wait and see if I get approved. sorry about the rant but I'm just upset

Comment by ladybell89 on July 24, 2013 at 10:13am
Vision loss in one eye is not the end of the world. I work in a bank as a member service representative and my vision is 20/150 in my left eye. Don't give up :)
Comment by Steve D on July 24, 2013 at 8:27am

I completely Agree! NEVER SURRENDER!

Comment by Tom on July 24, 2013 at 7:14am

Disability does not mean "give up". I was a paramedic/firefighter 15 years and retinopathy took me away from an occupation I both respected and loved. Now I work on build , fix and modify computers. Never give up, never surrender-Tim Allen.


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