People with diabetes who have had or have questions about LASIK eye surgery.

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Cataract Surgery

Started by TI Jul 19, 2013. 0 Replies

Has anyone had cataract surgery? If so was it traditional or laser?I had retina laser surgery for high eye pressure and retinal hemorrhages. The side effects of the surgery are cataracts. My doctors…Continue

My Vision is Still Not "Normal"

Started by Nonna2Three. Last reply by Kristi Feb 28, 2013. 1 Reply

New to Diabetes, but had LASIK for near-sightedness about 14 years ago. My vision has not been an issue at all until I started having symptoms of Diabetes. I had the tiredness and thirst symptoms,…Continue

LASIK Question

Started by kimberly316 Oct 21, 2010. 0 Replies

Can someone with Type 1 diabetes even consider getting LASIK eye correction surgery? If they can have the procedure done is there a risk of having to do it more often because of having eye changes…Continue

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Comment by Scott E on July 27, 2011 at 1:52pm
I just joined this group (rather than post another message asking "should I get LASIK?"). After 30 years of T1D, and 25 years of glasses/contacts, I'm thinking of getting it. While one school of thought is that it's vain, risky, and unnecessary, I tend to look at it like this: there are enough things wrong with me that CAN'T be fixed... here's something that CAN. So we'll see how it goes. Anyone have a good recommendation for a doctor in the northern NJ area? Do you approch your endo, ophthalmologist, or the LASIK surgeon first?
Comment by Nonna2Three on February 4, 2011 at 11:37am
New to Diabetes, but had LASIK about 14 years ago. My vision has not been an issue at all until I started having symptoms of Diabetes.Not sure where my vision goes from here.
Comment by kimberly316 on October 27, 2010 at 9:26am
Hello! Welcome to the group. I really appreciate your comment. It was very helpful. Thank you!
Comment by Jocelyn on October 26, 2010 at 4:43pm
Hello Kimberly! Nice to be part of your group! I have been diabetic for 10 years and just started using a pump this year. I wore glasses/contact lenses for 20+ years and the turning point for me was that my right eye changed in shape and I could no longer wear contact lenses :) I hated wearing glasses because my prescription was so high...even "thinned out" lenses in my glasses looked terrible...or so I thought. My last resort was to try LASIK. I was very, very nervous!!!!.....to try it due to being diabetic etc. I discussed it with my endocrinologist and his staff and they felt that I was healthy enough to do it just as well as a nondiabetic would be. They did stress that I had to find an excellent surgeon. I did my research and found the best one in my area. I had a very thorough consultation and a TON of tests done by the surgeon to see if I qualified. A week later, I had the surgery and ...I was no longer dependent on corrective lenses,,,IT WAS A SUCCESS! One of the best decisions I ever made! It has been 7 months and I have 20/20 vision... prior to surgery, I was -9/-10! Incredible results. The only side effects from the surgery are that my eyes are a little dry sometimes and I just use drops in them and my eyes are a little sensitive to really bright lights. Other than that, their perfect!
Now, I do have many friends that have had this surgery and did not have the same results as I did. I even have friends that were turned away from surgeons because they didn't qualify for it. My recommendation is talk to all your doctors and do your research to find the best surgeon in your area! Good Luck!

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