Would you abort to save your sight?

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Would you abort to save your sight?
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Thu, 07-16-2009 - 5:15pm

Would you abort to save your sight?



  • Yes
  • No
  • Other (please explain)


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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2009
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 5:17pm
I voted yes. My sight is very precious to me, and is poor enough as it is (myopia and astigmatism all my life)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-10-2003
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 5:46pm
ME too. My mom has had glaucoma, dry mac and wet mac. I already have mildly elevated ocular hypertension, and a few spots that could be a normal occurrence in my 40's- or the beginning of dry mac, for which there is no cure or treatment.
I treasure my eyesight, and my ability to help provide for this family and care for them. I'd not risk my sight - I'd abort quite early in the first trimester.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-20-2009
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 7:28pm
I voted yes, too. It would be a horrible decision to have to make, but I already have a son who is dependent on me to care for him and I need my eye sight to be able to do that.
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Registered: 06-17-2007
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 12:05am
Okay, I'm the lone "other" here, so I'll explain myself. I don't know that I could. I imagine that, if the pregnancy would make me go blind almost definitely, then there are probably serious risks for other problems as well. I don't think I could let myself die and leave my husband without a wife/partner and my daughter without a mother to save a doomed pregnancy. But if it was my sight and nothing else, and the pregnancy would be safe otherwise, I likely would not abort. My husband would probably not be happy about my decision, but he would respect it.




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Registered: 08-29-2004
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 1:35am

I vote no. But y'all know my reasons why. I liked the voting box!


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Registered: 02-06-2009
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 3:51am

I think our sons are about the same age.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2009
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 3:57am

What are dry mac & wet mac?


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Registered: 04-10-2003
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 9:39am
Macular degeneration. Dry mac comes on slowly and is incurable and untreatable. Wet mac is much more severe and the onset is sudden. However, there are now treatments that are somewhat effective (Avasta- injections int the eye to stop the bleeds)) for this type.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2009
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 11:42am

I have a son, and my profession requires my sight. I might be able to start over again, but I am the principal breadwinner, and we would lose our home, and need to move in with relatives, all of whom are in a different part of the country.

I would do what I need to do to care for my family, and live an independent life.

I should also say that I have finished with childbearing (and do not want a tubal, as this brought on early menopause in my cousin. My husband is younger than I am, and if anything was to happen to me, he might want to have more kids). We have been consistent in our use of contraceptives, along with fertility awareness and it has worked.

However, if I was planning on having more children, and was to learn that full term pregnancy would cause blindness, that would put and end to my childbearing plans.

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 11:52am
My baby was born November 30 last year, so they are very close in age! And I agree, everything is far more serious now that he's in the picture. I would love another baby, but I could never sacrifice his well being or my ability to care for him for a potential baby.
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