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Got zapped in both eyes by 2W YAG laser!!

jcranmer

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Now that I have your attention. :D

Today was my second treatment to correct my proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) using a procedure known as panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) using a high power 532 laser.

They did my right eye last week and my left one this morning. It wasn't the most comfortable procedure I've had done, but it did sting quite a bit with each burst. Basically they use the laser to build up scar tissue on the retina outside the field of vision. It takes about 5 - 10 mins per eye and leaves behind a mild "ice cream headache".

I grabbed a couple of quick snaps with my camera phone mostly because I wasn't to see what the power rating of the system was.




"Look directly into the laser please." :undecided:


This baby has some power under the hood!


Mandatory self shot. Please note the single huge pupil. :) They only dilate the eye they are working on. This was taken hours later and makes me look like I've had head trauma.



Diabetics take note and watch your BG. It WILL catch up with you eventually!

More information on PDR and PRP.
Diabetic retinopathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Higher res pics: yag 532 - Imgur
 
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"Laser radiation - avoid eye or skin exposure to direct or scattered radiation." :crackup:
 

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Omg seriously? Does the sticker on the laser for eye treatment say to avoid eye exposure? Someone obviously thought that one thru... :wtf:
 

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My first reaction was something along the lines of "JESUS F*CK THERE IS NO WAY THAT TURNED OUT OKAY!" :eek:

That sounds... interesting. I'm glad your encounter was under controlled conditions. :p

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Omg seriously? Does the sticker on the laser for eye treatment say to avoid eye exposure? Someone obviously thought that one thru... :wtf:
Note: one of the side effects on a packet of Aspirin is "may cause headaches"

cheers

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My first reaction was something along the lines of "JESUS F*CK THERE IS NO WAY THAT TURNED OUT OKAY!" :eek:

That sounds... interesting. I'm glad your encounter was under controlled conditions. :p

Trevor
So far so good. Right eye is still really screwed up though. Going to wait about a month and have it checked again.

A couple of weeks before I had this done I woke up with blind spots in my right eye. Big black spots and squiggly lines. Got in to see the doc the next day. Turns out in the course of a year the PDR got so bad that blood vessels had started to grow into the vitreous and were bleeding. It should eventually clear up but it only takes a relativly small about of blood to really screw up your vision. At the moment I only have about 20/80 vision in that eye and the blood keeps moving around. Sometimes it outside my field of vision but most of the time it blocks part or most of the vision in that eye. :(
 

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Anybody else think its funny they use a laser to fix a wound inflicted by a laser? I personally thought this was ironic.
EDIT: I realized that it was the disease that required the laser for treatment not that he got hit with a 2Watt laser in the eye and had to have a laser to build the scar tissue on his retina to fix the damage.
 
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jcranmer

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Diabetes is a nasty little critter. I've been insulin dependent since 6th grade. I'm now almost 43. (I'll let you all do the math.) In the last couple of years the complications have started stacking up. :(
 

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I have always been fascinated with lasers used in ways to help people. I wore glasses for the first 36 years of my life and had extremely bad vision without them... couldn't make out pretty much anything farther than a foot or so from my face. I never thought lasik was an option because of a bad astigmatism, but technology is ever-changing. With some new laser measurement technology, laser corneal cutting with a femptosecond laser, and the actual lasik burn with some pretty spiffy tracking computer magic, my vision was restored. My step-father had cataract surgery with lasers that was also life changing. To hear your story and progress just adds to the ways that lasers can be utilized to help us in ways to difficult for a knife and fork.

Best wishes for your ongoing progress... you're doing more than lighting matches and popping black balloons... you are healing and shifting the course of your life. Now that is pretty damn cool.

Cheers, friend.
c
 

jcranmer

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I here you. I had lasik almost ten years ago. It was a life changer for me. Never regretted it or even the cost. Like you I had severe astigmatism and wore "coke bottles" for most of my life. I think my vision prior to lasik was something like 20/300 or 20/400. Afterwards I was seeing 20/20 or 20/25.

I'd do lasik again in a heartbeat if I ever had to!

Thanks for the encouraging words. I'll keep this thread updated from time to time with updates when I can. :)
 
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Sorry to bump this thread but I missed something before. I read 2W YAG laser but missed where you said it was 532nm 0__o that must of been unfathomably bright.
 

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Very interesting thanks for sharing your experience with a 2W laser :beer:
 




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