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CATARACT Surgery for Type 1 Diabetics

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  1. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

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    I'm scheduled for this surgery and lense replacement next week and I'm a Type 1 Brittle Diabetic for 43 years. Surgeon says chance of major complications at 30% or more. Anyone out there that's a Type 1 have this surgery and what were your results...did your surgeon warn against high percentage of potential complications?

    thanks in advance,

    milt
     
  2. Gross Man

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    I am a type 2 and had mine done at Johns Hopkins. The cataracts from diabetes are definitely different from the common kind. Mine were a crystalline structure that caused lots of light scattering. I discovered mine on skeet station 7 low house looking into the sun. I didn't have have any complications, but my brother did. He is a type one and had inflamed retinas. They had to do cortisone shots and he is still having some problems. Hopkins did mine first thing in the AM so I would not have any sugar problems from fasting before surgery (I had a general anesthetic). I would also recommend having yours done at a major hospital that specializes in this stuff, so they are prepared to deal with any problems. Get it done so you can keep shooting. Billy
     
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    See what they say over at UT Southwest Milt, They got some of the best in texas over there. If you want and have time, There is also a very I mean extremely good eye guy in houston. If your intrested pm me and I can give you details. He has done some extremely successful leadinf edge stuff.

    Bob
     
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    Well I am 9 hours away from my cateract surgery. Right eye shooting eye of course. Diabetic for more years than I care to count. Doc says my script will be less than half of what I have now. Trying to remain positive. Jerry in MI.
     
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    I am and had it. I'm not brittle, but I had great results.Go for it.Jack
     
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    Type 2 and have had both eyes done - no problems and great
    results. I had the mono lenses and have heard some problems
    with crystalline lenses. Had a older, good and very experienced
    Dr do mine. Vision 20/20 without glasses.

    Doyal
     
  7. mette56

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    Thanks Type 2's for responding. BUT!!!, There is a BIG difference. Type 2's are expected to have good results. Type 1's are not necessarily. Damage can be lingering and can cause loss of eyesight. So please, Type 1's are who I need experience from. The two surgeons I've consulted with over the last 4 years really don't want to do it and only with a strong caution and only if eyesight is greatly impared by cataract. Both told me 30 to 40% chance of complications and some are difficult or impossible to reverse. Plus, I have constant bleeding in both eyes from retinopothy which further weakens the eye and nerve.

    Thanks again,

    milt
     
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    Milt-

    It sounds like you have a tricky situation. From my brother's experience, the complications could be a problem. My only suggestion is to find the best possible hospital/specialist and get another medical opinion. This is a link to U.S. News list of top hospitals specializing in ophthalmology - http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/ophthalmology My experience with Johns Hopkins was excellent. The teaching hospitals use all their resources to figure out what is best for the patient. There are retina and cataract specialists. You probably need them all to consult. I would find the place on the list that works for you and go there.

    Billy
     
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    Does anyone know of a Type 1 having cataract surgery and what were results-who was surgeon, hospital...?

    desperate,

    milt
     
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    mette56 I am type 1 had right eye done last wed. at my check up today Doc said everything looks good. He is going to do the left eye the 26th of Oct. I have the right lense out of my glasses and see well. The Doc said I will need a much smaller script then the script I have now. Have to wait 4 weeks before shooting. Jerry in MI.
     
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    Jerry in MI,

    Thanks so much for that info! Question: did your Dr. give you much warning of potential failure? As I stated above, I've received stern warnings from two surgeons in two different parts of the country. Googling does not reveal much if anything that I can find regarding failure rates and results. Also, how old are you and how long have you had Type 1? That does seem to make a difference in failure rate. You can PM me if you wish to not disclose such personal info.

    Thanks a million!

    milt
     
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    you have a PM Jerry
     
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    ttt
     
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