laser eye surgery for type 1

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   Posted 1/14/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.... I am considering eye laser surgery to correct my link removed (-3.25 in both eyes); however, i'm type 1 diabetic. I would be greatful if anyone could let me know whether or not being diabetic could cause any additional complications with my eyes. Eye nerve damage and blindness is already a big deal when you're diabetic and i wouldn't want to have the link removed to find that i end up with worse sight than before or going blind. Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you! :-*

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 1/14/2008 6:44:58 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/14/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Sugar Ray, I think you should consult with your PCP or endo before going ahead with the procedure and ask those questions.  I would also suggest that you inform the eye doctor when you go in for an evaluation before agreeing to have the eyes done.  There might be some members here who've had that procedure but remember they can only offer their own experiences.  Each case may be different.  You need to seek professional medical advice.  And there's no need to include the website to the laser place that does that procedure.  :) 

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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Technically this is an elective surgery so you won't have to wear glasses, right? As a diabetic I would never have an unnecessary surgery, especially on my eyes. Slow healing, infection and blindness are three problems that come to mind right away. When looked upon in that light, glasses don't look so bad to me.
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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  Just had to comment on this - I had radial keratotomy surgery on both eyes 23 yrs. ago, before I became diabetic.  This was the procedure that was done before "lasix" surgery was invented.  I had -5.5 to -6.0 vision at the time, and my vision was fully corrected.  However, I just (last month) had to have bilateral cataract surgery/lens implants which was very tricky due to the previous RK surgery.  I've done well in spite of being a diabetic for 8 years now.  My advice is: 1) Make SURE your diabetes is WELL controlled now before even considering surgery, 2) Make sure the doctor you select has an excellent reputation and is experienced in operating on diabetics - check out his credentials, and 3) If the first two are ok, then follow his directions to the letter - keep blood sugars well controlled, use the medications you are given for your eyes, make sure YOU are in the best physical shape possible before considering surgery.  Remember that in the future, you too may develop cataracts, diabetic macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc., all of which may necessitate further surgery as you get older - ask your doctor what effect the "lasix" surgery might have on future needs for surgery.  Good luck ! 

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   Posted 1/16/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:) I had bilateral lens replacement surgery before I was diabetes and am so glad I did. I worry about breast cancer now and the surgery and drugs it could involve. I just lost my last surviving sister in August to breast cancer. My advice is wear the glasses for sure. That is only my opinion:)
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