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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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MY HUSBAND IS A TRUCKDRIVER AND SUDDENLY HIS VISION BECAME

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MY HUSBAND IS A TRUCKDRIVER AND SUDDENLY HIS VISION BECAME DARK AND BLURRY. THE EYE DOCTOR IS SENDING HIM TO A SPECIALIST BECAUSE HE SAYS HE HAS FLUID BEHIND HIS EYES. THE DOCTOR CLAIMS THIS IS RARE AND HE HAS ONLY SEEN IN IN AIRLINE PILOTS. HE SAYS EYE MUSCLES AND RETINAS ARE FINE. WHAT IS THE PROGNOSOS FOR THIS?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. Did you husband see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist? Is his vision problems in both eyes? Does he have any medical problems or take any medicine? Has his vision improved or stayed the same since the incident?

JACUSTOMER-8mtpawwg- :

HE SAW AN OPTOMISTRIST WHO HAS REFERRED HIM TO AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST. HE STATES A MINIMAL IMPROVEMENT SINCE FRIDAY. HE IS DIABETIC FOR I HEAR BUT CONTROLLED WELL. AT TIME OF INCIDENT HE CHECKED GLUCOSE AND IT WAS 168 NON-FASTING. HE IS ON LISINOPRIL, LASIX,METFORMIN,BABY ASPIRIN, AND CHOLESTEROL MEDICATION.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. First of all, do not panic yet. As a ophthalmologist with a sub specialty interest in retina, optometrists don't know enough about the retina to diagnose anything at all. With his diabetes, regardless of his current blood sugar level, he may have a number of things wrong with his retina causing decreased vision.

Dr. Rick :

Is his problem in both eyes? When is his appointment with the ophthalmologist?

JACUSTOMER-8mtpawwg- :

IT IS BOTH EYES AND HIS APPT IS ON DEC 8

Dr. Rick :

OK. Is that the fastest he can get in?

JACUSTOMER-8mtpawwg- :

WE ARE ON STAND BY FOR CACELATION. WE DONT KNOW WHAT TO TELL HIS JOB AT THIS POINT, OBVIOUSLY AS A TRUCKDRIVER WE DONT WANT TO INFORM HIS EMPLOYER UNLES WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO. HE JUST TOOK A FEW DAYS VAC TIME

Dr. Rick :

Take the vacation time....no need to rush telling the company since he's not driving while on vacation anyway. See what the ophthalmologist says.....there are treatments for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic maculopathy, CSME etc. Many diabetics with retina problems retain excellent vision after treatment

JACUSTOMER-8mtpawwg- :

THANK YOU

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