So, I have Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy in my right eye, and severe NPDR in my left eye. I went to see a retinologist and he recommended I get intra-vitreal injections (Anti-VEGF) as soon as possible to avoid any disruptions in vision/worsening of vision. My eye story started in Dec 2018 when I coughed violently from bad sickness and the next day woke up with a big fat black blotch in my vision (right eye). So of course I went to go see the retinologist.
Late Dec 2018: Saw the retinologist, says I should get Anti-VEGF injections asap. I decided to wait to see if improving BGs can heal my eye itself (since past years a1c has been 10s/11s, now 7s (following Bernstein since mid 2018). *Goal a1C is 5s.
Early Jan 2019: Saw another retinologist who proposed I can control blood sugars better and it can possible heal itself. I decided to work on improving average BG to try to self heal my eyes.
Late Jan 2019: Some blurriness occurred, new to me, scared me, I went and saw the 1st retinologist, who again recommended antiVEGF.
April 2019: 1st retinologist says start antiVEGF asap, I said “Let’s wait a few more months.” He said my anatomy is getting slightly worse.
June 2019: I scheduled a visit with his this Friday (6/21/19) to start eye injections.
Honestly, I don’t want to get the injections because of 3 things:
- You can’t stop once you start. If you do, vision typically gets worse off than when you started.
- There’s a slight risk of infection, even more a smaller risk of an infection (b-something) that causes complete blindness in that eye).
- There’s no guarantee that it will work at all anyways.
I really don’t mind visiting the doctors, I’m used to it, but I just don’t want an invasive procedure done that may jeopardize the health of my eye (or am I crazy?)
Also, my endo (AMAZING ENDO, keto supporter, low carb advocate, etc.) recommended me the get the injections without even thinking about it. She said “save your vision!”
Any thought, anyone who has had this? Anyone who has lived with and REVERSED PDR/SNPDR with control BGs alone???