First, hello all!
I'm long term type-1 (43+ years). Vision was fine for the first 38 years but the last 4, not so much. Left eye got way worse in '09 -Big vessel sprouted off my optic nerve into the vitreous like a sea fan. Treated with 2 checkerboard zappings of green laser a year apart to my peripheral vision (taking pretty much all of it out). This failed to stop the vessel growth.
Then a year and a half ago I had my first big bleed, blinding that eye. I should have had a vitrectomy right away but we couldn't afford it. 10 months and a couple bleed-then-clear cycles later I had the vitrectomy. During the surgery my doc also zapped said vessel off my optic nerve. Two cataract surgeries followed, and now, finally the eye is calm. It doesn't see very well, but enough to allow depth perception. My right eye is my good eye and it's great to be able to see with both again.
So a couple weeks ago I went back for a check up. My doc said now my good eye is needing laser - little bleeds here and there and macular edema. He wants to hit my peripheral vision a month after a session of the all-over lighter zapping, now scheduled for Feb. 10th. Then maybe a vitrectomy. I'm kind of freaking out about this because if this eye comes out as weak as the left one did, I won't be able to read or drive anymore.
I've read some of other people's experiences here, and most feel their vitrectomy helped greatly - my experience as well. Some, like me, found that repeated laser didn't work.
My question is, has anyone had a vitrectomy first, before laser? In other words are there doctors/patients who get results from vitrectomy alone? I hate to lose my peripheral vision, have that loss not solve it, then end up with a vitrectomy anyway.
If anyone has ideas or stories to share about such things I thank you from my heart. Scary stuff, this retinopathy!