My vision in my left eye has become much worse in the past 3 months. It’s like looking through a diffusion panel with 15% opacity. Like looking through a fog or a cloud.

So I went to an ophthamologist and he tells me I have glaucoma in both eyes. My pressure is still low so all he is going to do is monitor it and I should come back in six months. Being skeptical I go on WebMD and look up glaucoma. Symptom: loss of peripheral vision. Well, it seems my peripheral vision is still OK from what I can tell. Next I look up how Diabetes affects vision. Symptom for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy is clouded vision. Hmmmm.

I’m on a program called L.A. Healthway so I’m very limited what I can say or what kind of help I get.In this economy I’m sure they are trying to cut back all they possibly can. Especially with the economy here in Los Angeles California. I just don’t think I’m being helped correctly but what can I do? Nothing.

Realize this is difficult, but I’d pay out of pocket to go to another doctor. Losing vision is too risky to mess around with. Don’t know if this is possible, but maybe your opthamologist could refer you to a retinologist.

yes, Clayton, you should go to a Retina Specialist. I go to one once a year. That is what is recommended for diabetics. I’ve had all my peripheral vision lasered out because of PDR. There are two types of PDR, peripheral, and macular. Lucky for me I got the peripheral, so I can still drive, read and sew. I also have glaucoma, and I go to the regular eye doctor to have that checked every three months. I take eyedrops (Xalatan) every night for the glaucoma. The best retina guy I ever had was in Huntington Beach, Dr. Jerry Sebag. keep us posted.

Thanks Gerri and Marie. This is very helpful. I had no idea there was such a thing as a Retinologist.

Hi Clayton! I’m going through the same thing in my left eye as I did last year in my right. I had to have pan retinal photocoagulation laser in a series of 4 surgeries. You lose your night vision; but will save some of your remaining sigh if done soon enough. Thats why its important to see a specialist. Good luck

When you get the referral, talk to the Retinologist’s office manager and see if they offer a sliding scale for patients with limited/no insurance. Many docs offer this and it can’t hurt to ask. Your sight is too important, do what you gotta do :slight_smile:

Clayton, what you describe sounds like cataract. Look it up on WebMD. A few years ago I had cataracts removed from each eye. Before they were removed I had no idea what the problem was a thought it was effect of years living with D. When a friend mentioned she was having cataracts removed I then realized that might be the problem and it was.

It also could be macular edema, where the retina swells and thing become blurry.
Do you think this guy checked for all of these possibilities? I know they usually do the glaucoma test at the beginning of the exam, so maybe when he saw the pressure was off he didn’t pursue anything else. Oh man, doctors are so inconsistent.
If it is at all possible, please find a way to see someone else, preferably a retinal specialist. Early intervention is important.
I am a retinoathy survivor - had one detached retina, laser in both eyes, vitrectomy in both eyes and one cataract. My vision, with glasses is corredtabelt to 20/30 in each eye.