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Eye health (cataracts, glaucoma etc) - expert Q&A

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TwiceAsNice Tue 16-Apr-19 09:05:04

I am diabetic and in Nov my last retinopathy exam showed “background retinopathy” . I have since lost weight and tightened up a lot on my diet so my question is can background retinopathy be reversed ? My GP says with blood glucose improvement ( my levels are ok but am hoping my next review next week show them as much improved) my next test could be normal again. Is this true?

travelsafar Tue 16-Apr-19 08:46:44

Hi i also have 'floaters' due to detachment of the gel at back of the eye.I am finding that bright lights or sunshine make this worse. I have been told i have cataracts forming in both eyes and sometimes my eyesight seems misty. I asked if they are ready to be operated on and was told not yet, how long or rather how bad do they have to be before they are??
Thank you.

Zoxa1 Mon 15-Apr-19 17:54:42

Would love to know your opinion on having clear lens extraction to treat primary angle closure.... I will have had my right eye done on 17th April.

MiniMoon Mon 15-Apr-19 15:33:46

Hello Larry, thanks for this opportunity to ask a question.
I have recently suffered posterior vitreous detachment of my left eye, the right eye had the same symptoms two or three years ago. I would like to know if the large, opaque floaters ever disappear. I know that the brain forgets to see them after a while, but will they ever disintegrate?

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 15-Apr-19 14:48:58

Have you been experiencing issues with your vision or noticed a change in how your eyes look or feel? Do you have a question about cataracts, want to get to grips with glaucoma or learn more about a symptom you or a close one may been experiencing?

Renowned consultant ophthalmologist, Mr Larry Benjamin, is here to answer your questions as part of blindness prevention charity Orbis’s See My Future appeal. Larry is consultant ophthalmologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire and has been an Orbis medical volunteer for 15 years, training ophthalmologists in Zambia, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Ghana and more, with both the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital and within local hospitals.

He has special interests in cataract and diabetic retinopathy management and has served on the ophthalmic committee of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2016, Larry won an award for his dedication to improving global eye health at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards.

Gransnet is supporting Orbis’s See My Future appeal. For three months, until 23rd June, all public donations to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government. To find out more and double the impact of your donation, visit:

Please add your questions on this thread before midday on Monday 29 April, when we will be sending them over to Larry. Answers will be posted here shortly afterwards