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    Bleeding behind the eyes?

    Anyone know wha causes this? My dad goes to the VA for all of his health care. He had an appt this morning and the eye doctor told him that he has some bleeding behind his eyes. Dad said "well what do we do about it?" and the doctor shrugged and said "well if it gets worse you won't be able to see". Dad said "So you mean I'll go blind?" and the doctor said "well, there may be some sort of laser surgery or something that could be done but I don't do anything like that". Anyone know anything about this? I'm not at all pleased with the experiences he's had there and wish he'd just start going to civilian docs.
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    I just posted this but it did not show up. My mil has macular degeneration and she has bleeding blood vessels, has now for many years. She is practically blind. She gets injections in her eye with some kind of chemo drug to stop the bleeding. Maybe this is what the Drs. mean. She won't get better, I think the shots stop the bleeding for awhile. She goes to a specialist in St. louis that deals with this only.


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    Lots of things can cause it - trauma (BTDT). Commonly, diabetes, other issues that have weakened blood vessel walls. A very dangerous reason is uncontrolled high blood pressure. I would get him into someone else if it were me, too.

    Yup, macular degeneration is another, though not as common, cause. If your dad already has diabetes it may have progressed to diabetic retinopathy.
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    I'm no eye Doc, but he needs a better explanation than he got. It may be ARMD, age related macular degeneration. Some tx involves the use of tiny amounts of the drug Avastin to be injected into the eye. My FIL has this done and it improves his vision. he has type 2 diabetes, and leaky blood vessels AKA diabetic retinopathy are fairly common.

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    I agree, get your dad to a private physician who specialises in ARMD or a GP who understands how to DX and TX eye diseases.
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    yes!

    I do know about this. My Mom is 82. Last September she had issues with her vision all of a sudden. She went to eye doctor who immediately sent her on to the big city to see a retina specialist.
    The specialist said it was either 1) related to macular degeneration or 2) an aneurysm. It was the latter, luckily, as it is fixable.

    So she was diagnosed with the retinal aneurysm. That same day the specialist lasered her bleed and fixed it. She went back to doctor 2x for followup and that was it. Yes, it can cause blindness if not taken care of. Mom had blood behind her eye for several months afterwards, causing her to only see from about half of her eye. the blood just had to absorb naturally.

    I would have your father see an retina specialist asap. good luck
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    Wait, he saw an eye doctor that told him that???? Pathetic and embarrassing. My dh is an optometrist and he'd NEVER respond to a patient that way!!! The eye doc should be able to diagnose recommend treatment. If it's beyond his realm (needing surgery) then he could refer. I'd definitely get a second opinion!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileygirl View Post
    Wait, he saw an eye doctor that told him that???? Pathetic and embarrassing. My dh is an optometrist and he'd NEVER respond to a patient that way!!! The eye doc should be able to diagnose recommend treatment. If it's beyond his realm (needing surgery) then he could refer. I'd definitely get a second opinion!!!!
    So far, every experience he's had with the VA has been embarrassing and pathetic IMHO. Yes, this was an eye doctor. The issue before this one, was that they'd upped his insulin and he ran out. When he went to them to get more, the MD's nurse told him he should've had plenty to last until his next appt (he goes every 3 months I believe it is). The nurse was looking at the old calculation. Dad tried to explain the Dr had upped the dosage and the nurse wouldn't pay any attention. Sooo...my dad went about 6 weeks without ANY insulin until his next appt time. Mind you, this man's sugar levels run 280-320 WITH insulin. I can't even imagine what his levels were without any insulin.

    Since several of you mentioned that diabetes can cause this, I'm pretty sure that's what it is. He has horrible diabetes and refuses to follow the diabetic diet.
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    I just saw a program on TV about it. Discovery health.The girl had pressure on her spinal cord/ which was causing a hemorrhage behind her eyes and popping blood vessels. They dont know why it happens, but it did.
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    Dh says that with your dad's diabetic history, that's more than likely what's causing it (diabetic retinopathy). Best bet would be to see a retinal specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileygirl View Post
    Dh says that with your dad's diabetic history, that's more than likely what's causing it (diabetic retinopathy). Best bet would be to see a retinal specialist.
    Thank you Lindsay, and please do thank your DH for me. I'll pass this info along to my father.
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