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Cataract Surgery - 05-15-2019, 04:55 PM

Just underwnet cataract surgery for my left eye on Monday.and my right eye is next as soon as the surgeon clears me.
I was legally blind for at least a day; discomfort and blurriness like I've never experienced before. Yesterday I had
a bit of improvement in blurriness subsiding & I saw my surgeon on a follow-up. Had a lot of optic pressure and the eye
was rock hard to touch so he numbed my eye & proceeded to cut a small slit that immediately relieved the pressure.

Day 3.....Hoy Cow....I am now excited. The difference in seeing is amazing. The world is bright again and colors are
so vivid. When I look only thru my right eye, it's dark and colors are dim. Do the same thing with the surgically corrected
left eye and it's like someone turned on the lights.....Wow. What a diffrence. I'm not even going to attempt to play pool
until both eyes are done and healed. But I know I can predict with absolute certainty that cataract surgery is going to be
enjoyable and helpful for playing pool. I had no idea how much light coming through my normal eye lense was being
affected by cataracts until my left eye's lense was replaced this past Monday.

There is a premium cataract surgery not covered by insurance that runs about $2400 per eye over what insuarance pays
It will eliminate any need for glasses the rest of your life, But I'm in my 70's and that pays for a whole lot of eyeglasses and
I can tell now I'll only need distance glasses since I can read and type without any glasses. when I only use my left eye to
view. In case anyone out there is considering cataract surgery, do it.....oh yeah, you gotta do it. The difference is astonishing
and until you experience it, you'll never fully appreciate how bad your eyesight was.


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05-15-2019, 05:08 PM

Glad to hear you had a good experience. I'v got cataracts, but have been told they are not affecting my vision enough that surgery is warranted. Of course, I'll likely need the surgery at some point.
  
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05-15-2019, 05:23 PM

Had it done around a year ago. Best decision I have made regarding my vision.
  
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05-15-2019, 06:13 PM

Hopefully you get the same results my grandmother got. She had cataract surgery at 95 I think and came out with 20/15 vision. Wish my eyes were that good


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05-15-2019, 06:38 PM

I had lens implants for cataracts and stigmatism about six or seven years ago. I'm 76 and looking back it was a great decision.


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05-15-2019, 06:56 PM

Had my first eye done Tuesday (yesterday), vision was horrible most of the day, but slightly improved by evening. I was ready to cancel my appointment for my other eye. This morning, much improved, and by the time I went in to see the Doc this afternoon, I could already see better, than with my uncorrected eye, and Doc said it will get a little better yet in the next few days. Can't wait to have my other eye done, and can only hope it turns out as well. My distance is good, and my correction has also allowed me to read at the same time. This was with the standard implant. I'm about 70, and I put this off for two years, should have had it done as soon as I was eligible.
  
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05-15-2019, 07:30 PM

That is good news.

Glad to hear your vision is better.

I had a retina detach a bit more than a year ago and my vision has deteriorated considerably. The good doctor fixed the detachment, but now the cataracts are forming and he told me that I would eventually need cataract surgery. The retina surgery was a long while back and he was thinking I'd probably need the cataract surgery soon. My vision is getting worse, little by little, and I have an appointment to see him again in July, if I don't need to make one sooner.

I'm expecting that he'll tell me that it's time for surgery or real close to it. He's already told me, "I'm going to make you like a newborn baby" and your eyes will be "brand new". He showed me the implants he is going to use and I think they cost about $5000 each. He claims they are what I would call "multi-focus" and says I shouldn't need glasses again, even for reading.

I'm looking forward to getting it done so that I can see better again. It is getting foggier and dimmer by the day and it irritates me.

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05-15-2019, 07:38 PM

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That is good news.

Glad to hear your vision is better.

I had a retina detach a bit more than a year ago and my vision has deteriorated considerably. The good doctor fixed the detachment, but now the cataracts are forming and he told me that I would eventually need cataract surgery. The retina surgery was a long while back and he was thinking I'd probably need the cataract surgery soon. My vision is getting worse, little by little, and I have an appointment to see him again in July, if I don't need to make one sooner.

I'm expecting that he'll tell me that it's time for surgery or real close to it. He's already told me, "I'm going to make you like a newborn baby" and your eyes will be "brand new". He showed me the implants he is going to use and I think they cost about $5000 each. He claims they are what I would call "multi-focus" and says I shouldn't need glasses again, even for reading.

I'm looking forward to getting it done so that I can see better again. It is getting foggier and dimmer by the day and it irritates me.

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05-15-2019, 07:58 PM

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05-16-2019, 09:27 AM

My experience was pretty much the same as yours, though I need readers to read, but see distance excellent. I was shocked at the difference about 2-3 days after the surgery. I could see excellent out of the eye that was worked on, and it was hazy and very yellow out of the still bad eye. Once both eyes were done, I can now see perfectly at distance, and only need weak readers for reading.

I did NOT opt for the premium lenses as they were 2400 an eye, and there was no guarantee. You might still need to wear glasses they told me. The guy I went to for follow up after the surgery was very happy as he told me it turned out very well for me. Now no glasses to play cue sports.
  
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05-16-2019, 09:53 AM

Had a retina detachment over 25 years ago, and for years always wanted LASIK. However, my myopia (now -11) was always a step above what the FDA approved for LASIK.

Cataract surgery is the option doctors have given me. However, my cataracts aren't bad enough for insurance to cover. If you can afford the upgrade, I would strongly look into multi-focus.


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05-16-2019, 10:46 AM

My cataract's weren't quite at the point where they were covered yet, as they were still able to reasonably correct my vision with glasses, but because I had so much trouble driving at night, because of glare, they sent me to a specialist for a glare test, and because of that they ended up approving the surgery. You may want to ask your eye Dr about having a glare test done, if you are having trouble at night, and it may get approved that way.
  
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05-16-2019, 04:55 PM

looking into it now. had lasik in 2002 and it has been great but now I need to do the cataract surgery.


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05-16-2019, 06:13 PM

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Visit this website (https://www.eyecarefresno.com). I used Dr. Stephen Fogg of Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington.
He's been doing Lasik surgeries for over 20 yrs. and cataracts are easy to fix. Just click on the topic & it explains everything.


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