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  1. Kelly Booth
    Kelly Booth September 11, 2012 at 5:58 am | | Reply

    I love your mother’s attitude! I had laser surgery for retinopathy in both eyes back in 1995 & 1996. Interestingly, my right eye is also the worst one. Never thought of participating in a study to help like your mother is. Thanks for sharing Mike!

  2. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell September 11, 2012 at 6:07 am | | Reply

    Good for your mum Mike. Thanks for all of these useful details. I think many (most?) of us with T1 diabetes fear losing their eyesight. As a software engineer I often wonder if I could program via audio. People like your mum give me great hope that, if I start to have problems with my eyes, there will be some technology/treatment that will help.

    54 years with T1 is excellent. Do you have anything planned for her 60th live-aversary? (Hate dia-aversy, it sounds too morbid)

  3. Sharon Brousseau
    Sharon Brousseau September 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm | | Reply

    I had several laser treatments on both eyes in 2007. In May 2007, I had major bleeders in my left eye that looked like “two twisters then it attached to my retina and I seen a crescent black shape that went on for a few days. I went to the retininologist (Associated Retinal Consultants) across the state and came back the following week for a vitrectomy. About six weeks later, I sensed something was wrong with the later and returned on an non-emergent visit. I found that I tore my incision possibly from sneezing. I had a second Viitrectomy surgery on my left eye. The following year, my central vision in my right eye became difficut to look around, so ARC did a macular peel. I am now seeing really well out of both eyes. I do have difficulty coming in from the light into a dark place; always need to be escorted by family members or am not afraid to ask for help; people notice! I do have some color blindness when it is turning dark or is dark; usually red/rellow/brown all look the same to me. I have learned to adjust and am very thankful of my surgeon’s knowledge and expertise.

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