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Old 01-06-2015, 20:54   #11
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I see the eye doctor Thursday. Due to the cataracts, I expect I'll see three of him just the way I see everything else. Time for these things to go. Any one go with multi-focal implants?

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I'm fine with my monofocal IOLs. Using reading glasses is not a chore for me, after 60+ years of heavy glasses. I just park them up on my head so they're always right there when I need 'em.




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65+ here and no cataracts yet. On my last visit to the eye dr in Nov he said he could see traces of some developing, but it would be a long time before that would be any problem.

My last pair of glasses were about 5-6 years old and the dr said in Nov there really was little change in my vision and I did't need new glasses unless I wanted. I wanted!! I was so sick of the old ones I was ready for a change. I spent a bundle, but I really love the new look!

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I am wondering why they don't offer lens replacement as an option instead of LASIK. My mother had her eyes done too and now still wears glasses, mostly for close reading.

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Thanks for encouraging reports on cataract surgery. Mine are apparently developing rapidly, and the thought of surgery gives me chills. I've had several for other issues, and none were fun. Is D not a problem? Did you have to go in with a higher BS to cover the possibility of crashing, or is the surgery short?

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The surgery is only about 30 minutes, and they don't even put you under - just a little sedation to keep you calm. We talked during the surgery, and I have no idea what I said, but I hope it wasn't too goofy!

I had to stop taking my metformin for a coupla days, but that wasn't a big issue. Other type 1s may weigh in for you here, Kathryn, but I don't think it's a problem - the surgery goes so quickly.

I think we're wired to be skittish about our eyes - it's automatic to dodge any time something comes close to hitting us like that. But the docs know how to relax that reflex, and it's really an easy procedure.

I had to have surgery for a retinal detachment about six months after my cataracts, and that was about 1Ĺ hours, and not quite so pleasant because I had a lot of tears in my retina besides the main detachment, and each one had to be repaired. Sixty years of severe myopia had stretched my retina because myopia causes the eyeball to become elongated, so it was a mess. I was pretty sick after that surgery & OWC said I was the worst he'd ever seen me. So go get your cataracts done, but take a pass on any retinal detachments!




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Thank you, Shanny. That sounds do-able. I have an appointment soon, and maybe I'll approach it with a little more open mind.

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How timely. I jsut got home from the optometrist, needed to have an eye test for my driving licence. All good, passed without my glasses, again. No immediately obvious retinal problems but I'll have a proper scan next month, no cataracts. got some corneal damage... he said it was quite old and wondered why nobody had mentioned it before. (New optometrist).

New glasses coming, and life is good. I'll be 65 on Sunday

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I am wondering why they don't offer lens replacement as an option instead of LASIK. My mother had her eyes done too and now still wears glasses, mostly for close reading.
According to my optometrist, it's because the surgery costs at least $10,000 per eye.

(I need reading glasses to read and see my computer screen... which I did before my cataract surgery, when I wore contact lenses. No more contacts now.)

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And with cataracts, the lens replacement becomes a necessary procedure. If only for enhanced vision as in LASIK, it would prob'ly be an elective, eh?




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