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Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:26 AM

Tomorrow is my last eye check up for my cataract surgeries

My right eye was done 2weeks ago n my left eye last Monday. Thanks god for Medicare..Original/actual Medicare as my financial responsibilities were just under 300$. Of course, they have different options but I chose the basic option and Iím just fine. If I had a job with very detailed work or if I was a professional golfer, Iíd have options for that. I wore contacts for about 30 years n just relied on them n just didnít realize how bad my cataracts had become. It was very easy n painless but the preparation was not fun. I had to give up my contacts for 3 weeks so my cheaters n a magnifying glass was the only way I could read and lots of eye drops to moisturize my eyes...before n after surgeries. Some lifting restrictions n basic common sense for caring for the eyes..no soap n water or rubbing the eyes..thatís kind of stuff. I can see like I did when I was young..clean n clean letters n objects..wonderful! If youíre putting off having this done..donít. Itís the best thing Iíve done for myself in a long time..a Christmas miracle ! Take care of your eyes..we only get one set of em. 🙋‍♀️

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Reply Tomorrow is my last eye check up for my cataract surgeries (Original post)
Deuxcents Dec 27 OP
debm55 Dec 27 #1
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calimary Dec 27 #18
old as dirt Dec 27 #3
Deuxcents Dec 27 #5
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 27 #12
old as dirt Dec 27 #23
cojoel Dec 27 #4
Deuxcents Dec 27 #6
PortTack Dec 27 #7
Deuxcents Dec 27 #8
PortTack Dec 27 #25
Joinfortmill Dec 27 #9
Deuxcents Dec 27 #10
UTUSN Dec 27 #11
Deuxcents Dec 27 #15
PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 27 #13
dflprincess Dec 27 #14
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albacore Dec 27 #24
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Hortensis Dec 27 #27
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Deuxcents Dec 27 #29

Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:40 AM

1. Good luck at your appointment tomorrow. Deuxcents.

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Response to debm55 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:48 AM

2. Thank you..all seems fine but I'll know better tomorrow.

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 03:10 AM

18. Yeah, please let us know.

I woke up with a detached retina in my left eye last March. They took me right in and fixed me up. Thank goodness!

Eye problems have pretty much been my thing since I was nine and discovered that the world was NOT blurry. Had glasses and contact lenses if all kinds. I hated contact lenses. Finally had corrective eye surgery and thought it was a miracle! OMG, life without lenses (except for reading glasses which I was starting to need anyway)! One of the best things I ever did! Only now, a couple of decades later, is my vision starting to let go a little. But just a litttle.

Iím interested in hearing how things went, for you.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:49 AM

3. I wish you well. Got mine recently.

I splurged for multifocal lenses (Medicare paid for basic, but I paid about $5500 out of pocket for the frills).

It still feels weird not wearing glasses, since I've worn them since I was a child, but my vision is now 20/20.


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Response to old as dirt (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:57 AM

5. Yes, that was an option and I'm glad it is working for you

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Response to old as dirt (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:35 AM

12. Can you tell more about multifocal? Can see near and far?

Like a bifocal lens?

Heard with typical cataract surgery, you select if you want to see near or far. But the kicker is that you don't retain the level of sight that you had in the one you didn't pick? But you end up worse? Like my sister picked to perfect distance ( because she had worn glasses all her life). But little did she know that would really screw up her near vision so now she has to wear glasses again!!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 11:20 AM

23. It's actually trifocal

AcrySof IQ PanOpticx trifocal lens.

There are some comparisons here:

https://www.myalcon.com/cataracts/

I have no trouble reading, for the most part, especially in good lighting, although I can wear reading glasses if I need to.

Distance is excellent.

There are some issues for halos in nighttime driving, and if I did a lot of night driving, I might have made a different choice, but it's vastly improved from before the surgery, given that my vision in my left eye had gotten so bad that I wouldn't have been able to renew my drivers license again, even with my glasses. My vision in my left eye has been changing so fast that I needed purchase new glasses every year, so I didn't really mind the extra expense, since I expect that I will likely never buy another pair of glasses again for the rest of my life.

At night, I had difficulty distinguishing between a driveway and the curb, which made me quite nervous whenever I tried to make a turn into a gas station or whatever, and that is now a thing if the past.

I also got iStent inject implants, for eye pressure, and I don't need to use my eye drops for glaucoma any more, which is good, given how forgetful I am. Fortunately, my glaucoma did not result in nerve damage.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 12:54 AM

4. In my case everything had turned yellow

I really wasn't aware of this until the first one was removed. The white color was not unfamiliar; I just hadn't see it in a while.

Good luck with your improved vision!

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Response to cojoel (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:01 AM

6. Everything for me was cloudy n kinda beige..

I thought my windshield needed cleaned..my light bulbs needed changed to higher than the wattage I had. The whites are white now n not dinghy looking. Ainít it great?!

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:09 AM

7. Had mine 2 months ago.

Just an FYI: for me, itís taking my eyes time to adjust. They are getting better, but distance vision has been blurry. Sometimes they donít explain enough regarding post op issues.

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Response to PortTack (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:17 AM

8. It was explained to me that my sight would gradually get better..

I have a little flashing in my left eye but itís very seldom now. Iím so impressed but Iíll be asking questions tomorrow. Hope your eyes heal faster for you..

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 05:32 PM

25. Thx..as a retired nurse I was just so surprised that they didn't lay some of that out.

Eyes..cataracts were never my area

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:19 AM

9. Had both eyes done in 2017. Brightened my world.

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Response to Joinfortmill (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:21 AM

10. Good to know 🌺

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:21 AM

11. The clarity is fantastic!

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:43 AM

15. Sure is already.. I'm glad I'm alive with advancements in science n medicine

Which I am not afraid of 😱

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:43 AM

13. I had cataract surgery about 11 years ago, at the

relatively young age of 62.

I'd been extremely nearsighted all of my life. Couldn't see the blackboard in first grade, even from the front row.

Got glasses before start of second grade. Got new glasses every year thereafter. When I was 16 I got contact lenses, which were a huge improvement.

To simplify a long and complex story, I'd learned by my early 50s that I had beginning cataracts. Then one eye exam, the doctor said,"You need to get cataract surgery." I was distressed, and called an older friend, who immediately said, "Poindexter, get the surgery!" She was right. I elected to get lenses that gave me good distance vision. Excellent choice. I feel as if I can read small signs on distant hills. I do need reading glasses for close up stuff, like actual reading. But I'd been using reading glasses from around the time I'd turned 40 (I'm now 74, you can do the math) and so reading glasses are no big deal.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:43 AM

14. I had mine done last summer

I have a mild astigmatism so I'm still wearing glasses but the improvement in both my distance and reading vision amazes me.

I was nervous before the first eye was done, couldn't wait for the second surgery. I spent the two weeks between amusing myself by covering each eye in turn and marveling at the difference, especially how much brighter colors are.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 02:00 AM

16. I just found out three months ago that I have state 2 cataracts

My new eye doctor thinks that it will four or so years before I need surgery. In addition to the new eye doctor, I see retinal specialist to monitor diabetic retinotopy. My diabetes is under good control with an AIC of 6.3 and so only see the specialist every six months

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 02:37 AM

17. So happy for you, Deuxcents!

I don't understand why more doctors don't share that the best way to mitigate the development of cataracts is to wear sunglasses that have strong protection against the damage of sunlight and that means even when it is cloudy.

My work team gave me the nickname "Hollywood' and used to tease me relentlessly for religiously wearing my sunglasses. They continued even after I told them that I was hoping to protect myself against cataracts based on the recommendations of my optometrist.

My best friend said that they did it because they liked me so I just took it in stride. It definitely didn't make me wear them less. I continued and doubled down by expanding into designer versions for maximum effect.

❤️

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 06:32 AM

19. I have cataracts in both eyes, but they're not

to the point where surgery is necessary, although the doc says I can get the surgery if I want.

Thanks, your post is very encouraging.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 07:34 AM

20. +++

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 09:16 AM

21. I had it done over the past three years.

Acrylic lenses in both eyes. Bionic now, I am.
I love it. Super easy process even with 14+ diopters because I had an excellent dr.
20/20 now and I buy my 2.5 readers at Ocean State Job Lot for $3. No more $800 glasses and sunglasses.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 10:29 AM

22. The best thig that ever happened to me was eye surgery for cataracts.

I am 93 and my eyesight is great even without glasses. When I was a child I had to put on glasses just to get out of bed.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 01:24 PM

24. Hard to imagine that a couple of generations ago, people just went blind. LOTS of us... nt

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 05:39 PM

26. A Couple Guys We Golf With...

..had that done the last couple years. They both said they wished they'd done it sooner.
Hope the outcome is the same for you.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 05:43 PM

27. Wonderful! Congrats! My husband's second eye needs to be done soon,

both of mine finally progressed enough to need it.

Our son, though, had to have cataracts removed in his early 50s. In any other era he'd go blind. And have to stop working. Instead, he's not only had his vision saved but had 3-way lenses implanted so he no longer needs to wear glasses.

Modern medicine!

(And for those unfortunates encouraged to regard every subject as grievance, the cataract surgeries were mostly or entirely paid for by insurance, none of us wealthy, but our son's special lenses required a monetary investment he and his wife sacrificed for for his convenience. He could just wear glasses.)

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 05:47 PM

28. Had mine done several years ago. Best thing I ever did...

I was near-sighted and wore glasses since 3rd grade. Couldn't stand the concept of contacts, hate messing with my eyes like that.

Now, I wear readers for reading and computer work, but drive glasses free, except for shades, of course.

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Response to Deuxcents (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2022, 06:25 PM

29. My check up was good and thanks to all for your support..

Everyone I know who had cataract surgeries say the same..I wish Iíd have done it sooner and I caught myself saying that to the dr today! I have Original Medicare and thankfully, all paid except for a small deduction but if I needed more than just the basic, Iíd have done whatever to take care of the problem. Take care of those precious peepers.. thanks, everyone 🙏

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