Hi Jennifer. Just wondering, did your retinopathy come on all of a sudden? In my case, I had been seeing floaters for somewhere between 4 and 6 months before I finally got it checked out (I was in the middle of changing jobs, moving to another city, selling one house and buying another... just "no time" to get it checked out - my mistake in the end). My retinopathy was so far advanced that the laser that they tried just didn't work. So, starting about ten years ago and over the course of about 15 months, I had four vitrectomies, which involved invasive surgery, two in each eye. I won't go too far into the details, but want to let you know that I completely understand your fears - I was there (you and I are just a few years apart in age)... I wondered how I would manage life and all its demands if I ended up blind... There is a good outcome in the fact that although I will never again have 20/20 vision, I CAN see! I still read, do computer work and most importantly for me, drive! I am a little limited in some other activities, such as "quick-action" aports like baseball or volleyball, but I can live with that!
I know it's a scary thing to go through. Take comfort in the fact that medical technology has just come so far and that your medical team will do everything in their power to help you! Good luck!