Cataract surgery

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Okay, folks. I have been having extremely blurry vision in my left eye. I figured it was time for glasses as I couldn't see near or far with my left eye. I went to the eye doc for a dilated eye exam and was told I have a large cataract on my left eye occluding my vision and a smaller cataract on my right eye that hasn't impaired my vision yet. I was not expecting news like that and I was very scared. There were two cataract surgeons at the eye institute where I go but one is moving out of state and isn't taking new patients. So, my consultation appointment is August 10th with the surgery happening some time after that. Balota will be coming to comfort me, soothe me, hold my hand and take care of me for a few days. I'm going to beg the doc to do both eyes at once so I can just get it over with. I don't think they will but I'm going to see if I can talk them into it. I will have wonderful help at home during that time. I think the recovery time is quite short but I'm not sure.

    Do any of you have personal experience with cataract surgery? Please share your experiences with me.

    This is the place I'm having it done. http://www.hauser-ross.com/

    Balota and I used to talk about a future of trips to Hawaii, Alaska, cruises, etc. But so far all we've accomplished is colonoscopies and future cataract surgeries. We should have met when we were younger. :(
     
  2. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I’m probably one of many on this forum who has had cataract surgery. I’ve had it done in both eyes, but not at the same time. The first time the very idea was traumatic to me. It was done one morning, the eye was covered with a protective cover and I spent the rest of the day and night quietly at home with a knot in my stomach, anticipating the worst. Next day back to the doctor, who removed the eye patch and asked “what do you see?” I saw nothing but a blur! :eek: But after about 10 seconds everything became very clear.
    With cautions not to rub the eye, I went back to work that day.

    They can insert a lens that will give you 20-20 distance…or match the existing prescription in that eye if you are having only one done, so your glasses will work. I went for 20-20 distance and wear bi-focals with little to no correction in the top part. I find that easier than having to keep up with reading glasses. I have light sensitivity to outside sunlight so I have the auto-dark feature that acts as sunglasses outdoors.

    As an aside, the cataract acts as a blue filter…which causes everything to have a green tint. I thought the walls of my office were a very light shade of green but after the surgery I saw they were egg-shell white. You will be amazed at how beautiful the world is through your new eyes! Go for it!
     

  3. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I personally have not but most people I know whom.have said it was pretty cut and dry and nt too bad at all .

    Good luck , but there is only one problem now , you will see how handsome I ain't ! :D good luck again and get well fast !
     
  4. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Good luck with that, I'm sure everything will be fine.
     
  5. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Winds we will be thinking and saying a little prayer for you! But have no doubt you will be fine! And as Ellis said you may be very much surprised with the positive outcome of the surgery. Sometimes things happen to us so slowly we do not even realize it until it is corrected! Keep us informed!

    Take Care!

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  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    No big deal but do try to get both eyes done at the same time. It will save problems down the road and your eyes will be matched. There are lenses that correct astigmatism now if you need them. My right eye was done first and my left a couple of years later. Not a good idea. You will probably have to go in for a laser clean up a few months down the road and again no big deal. My wife had both of hers done within a week of each other and she does not need glasses while I do but astigmatism correction lenses were not available then and they wont change them now.
     
  7. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    You sure know how to have a good time.
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Haha.....I'm not very "beautiful". I'm just worried about seeing ME without the cataracts. :D

    norma
    Yeah, I'm a wild woman for sure. One just never knows what crazy thing I might do next.

    The surgery isn't for another couple months. Thanks for all the comforting words I so desperately need to hear. At the consultation Aug 10 is when I'll decide what lens to choose. My normal vision without the cataract is quite good but not quite 20/20. I would like both eyes to be corrected to 20/20 and I don't mind wearing reading glasses. I have the old granny glasses that when you look up you are looking over the reading glasses and when you look down, you are looking through the reading glasses.

    Balota and I discussed the different lens correction options last night. He knows people who had one eye corrected for near sight and the other eye corrected for far sight through lasik. He said the brain compensates for that and one can go from reading to looking across a field instantly. My point of view is God made us with both eyes working together to see far and both eyes working together to see near and that's the way I want it to remain. I don't like messing with Mother Nature. If our eyes are supposed to work together I don't want to change that. We kind of agreed to disagree. :p
     
  9. Quentin

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    WOC, my wife and quite a few friends have had excellent results after cataract surgery. I have a small but growing cataract in my right (shooting) eye that will need to be done in a year or so - so know your apprehension.

    Just check out your surgeon beforehand and honestly I'd say dump him if he even suggests having both eyes done at the same time. Sight is too precious to gamble on both eyes at the same time!

    You'll be glad you had this done if my extended family is any indication. This is a very successful surgery these days.

    And guess what - there is no "prep"! Like a colonoscopy... :D
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Yes, that is something that crossed my mind, too. I just don't want to know I'll have to go have the other eye done in a year or so. But I guess that's the way it is. :(
     
  11. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My advice is not to do that. You lose depth of field, which can be a great disadvantage, especially when driving at night. You are essentially one-eyed, both for close-up and far. I forgot to mention that, with the surgery, you will also regain your night vision to a great extent.
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am opposed to doing one eye for close vision and the other for far vision. Though I don't think you actually lose depth of field as the opposite eye isn't blind! I think it has enough vision to keep your depth of field. I don't think any eye surgeon, in good conscience, would take away someone's depth of field.

    I just like my eyes working together, the way they were meant to.
     
  13. pmanton

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    It's a nothing procedure---no sweat whatsoever. No strain--no pain.
    My wife and I have had both eyes done.
    Paul
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  14. Highpower

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    That is the only opinion that counts IMO. You have to do what's most comfortable for you because you're the one that's going to live with the decision for the rest of your life. You might as well live those years on your own terms. :)

    I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed at the same time because two of them promised to be a real nightmare to get out. Best decision I ever made as far as I'm concerned. Once and done! :D

    I look at surgeries like this... I'll be in good hands and surrounded by people who are experts at what they do. A much better choice than simply doing nothing and suffering with the alternative.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery period Winds. That way you can get out and enjoy the refreshed view all the sooner! :)
     
  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dont do the one eye far and one near. It was tried on me with glasses and it did not work out well. Eyes are additive and making them do different things makes them subtractive. My son had to go to therapy training because his eyes were acting independently. Consequently he was a poor reader until he got the training. Then his reading skills jumped to well above average.
     
  16. scottmac

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    I had both eyes done, about a month delay from the first to the second. I had a hard time waiting; the first one made everything so much better.
    A lens replacement is very simple & quick (~10 minutes on the table or less). No pain, no bother. I had a bagel & coffee in recovery.
    Both eyes done, both 20/20 or better. The only "issue" is near focus, like on the sights and target concurrently. I went with light readers (+1.25) and the sights are sharp, and the target at ~30 ft is a little fuzzy.



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  17. Quentin

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    I think you're wise to avoid a near lens and a far lens. I also like the idea of having both eyes working together with far lenses as close to 20/20 as possible. If you don't have astigmatism then even $1 store reading glasses will take care of the near vision, probably +1.00 for the computer and stronger for reading. Otherwise then of course prescription glasses are in order.
     
  18. Quentin

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    Salome, AZ! Howdy, pmanton! Glad your surgeries turned out well.

    Back in the late '70s I spent a week in a Salome motel while working on a truck weighing detail. Our crew stumbled home from the bar every night! Oh man what hangovers, t's a wonder we didn't get run over on US60.

    Not poking fun, just remembering what a stupid kid I was! :D
     
  19. partdeux

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    I had radial k surgery way back when. Today I have one eye good for distance and one eye not as good for distance. It drives me CRAZY.

    My eyes continue to improve for distant vision all the time, which makes the near vision even worse. Ask the Doc what will happen to your vision in the next 1 yr, 5 yr, 10 yr.

    I'd go for long term 20/20 and reading glasses. Then all you have to do is figure out what your shooting glasses are going to be configured.
     
  20. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    I told Winds about some advice I got from people at work. They had the one long/one short arrangement and said they had no problems in either distance.

    However, HighPower is exactly correct. Winds opinion is the only one that really matters. I understand how she feels and support her decision completely.

    But it doesn't seem hardly fair that we'll have to shoot against Annie Oakley at the 4th Shoot & Hoot!!! :D