Type 1 diabetic 54 years. Trying to keep positive

Posted by dolly1206 @dolly1206, May 1 7:41pm

Have had type 1 diabetes since age 6. Had bilateral laser surgery to eyes due to proliferation diabetic retinopathy at age 21. At age 56 my ophthalmologist discovered I had reduced peripheral vision due to extensive scar tissue in retinas from the early on laser treatments. my drivers license revoked due to limited peripheral vision. Am turning 61 soon and have tried to be positive. However, the loss of my driving privileges has been the hardest thing I e ever endured. Would love to hear if anyone knows of any treatment to restore my peripheral vision. Thank you.

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@dolly1206 welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It sounds like we have some things in common. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 18. I’m 66 now. I experienced vision problems related to diabetic retinopathy and had eye surgery at age 51, I think. The older I get on this diabetic journey, the details of the many medical events along the way become less clear. I do not know of any treatment to restore peripheral vision but if one exists it will most likely be in the realm of a specialist. What specialists do you use for your diabetic and vision care?

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