Personal Experience: Ryan Barunas

We are very proud to share the incredble stories from our friends and their families, including the personal story told at our Fall Workshop by Ryan Barunas. Ryan has been living with diabetes for over 34 years, has experienced vision loss from the disease, and had a partial detachment of his left retina following scatter laser therapy. At the Fall 2023 Workshop, Ryan spoke about his vision loss from diabetes, “As a young person with hopes and aspirations, this was terrifying.” He proceeded with surgery that was deemed successful until two years later when he went back to his retina specialist and realized his right eye was deteriorating. Ryan states, “Thanks to my skilled surgeon, a support network, including my family, my wife, and close friends, I came through on the other side with my vision, again, mostly intact.” Regarding MTM Vision, Ryan knows that based on our passion and commitment to research to prevent vision loss and blindness from diabetes, we will bring better future outcomes for patients like himself.