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On 11/15/2018 at 7:56 PM, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

My second eye isn't doing so well. When I look at text through it, it's hazy and has a hump in the middle. The doctor says it has swelling. I got a steroid shot in the eyelid today. Now I have an eye ache.

 

On 11/16/2018 at 10:39 AM, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Thank you for the comments, Gents.

 

My doctor told me that my experience only happens about five percent of the time. So, you should be fine, Billy. Best wishes for a successful surgery and swift recovery.

 

Allie

 

So sorry you've had a complecation. Guess your one of the special 5%. Have patience I'm sure it will clear up and you'll be just fine with fantastic vision.

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On 11/17/2018 at 6:49 PM, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Thank you, brother Scout. Waah! I don't wanna be special. :( At least it doesn't ache anymore. I see the doctor again 12/7.

Await the news from your doctor visit Allie. 

Like you, my second surgery was not so successful.  After my first (left eye and worst of cataracts), I was impressed at seven day doctor visit.  At almost three weeks now, my right (yea I shoot from right shoulder) is a bit blurred and objects appear to have shadow (much like seeing double).  I can shoot but sights are not clear.  Reading glasses help right eye, but not the more corrected left, and, I do not want to shoot in reading glasses.   At seventh day appointment, doctor said my right eye appeared to have a wrinkle and he expected it to stretch out in time........10 days later, it is about same  He did not want to see me until 1/3/201.  At that time he will  evaluate if he might need to  zap with laser to clear wrinkle .  Unfortunately I am not one of great patience.

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Billy, my wife, Mines Taken had essentially the same thing.  They did the laser procedure and it helped a lot - not 100% but a lot of help.

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2 hours ago, Marauder SASS #13056 said:

Billy, my wife, Mines Taken had essentially the same thing.  They did the laser procedure and it helped a lot - not 100% but a lot of help.

Thanks M.  I don't mind wearing  correction glasses if it comes to that...heck been having to wear readers for most everything last year or so anyway, but I am disappointed in second procedure lacking success of first.  Of course the right eye,  being my predominant "shooting eye" reflects the dismay .  Guess the wait is my biggest complaint....and that is much due to my lack of patience.  Did MT have more success with first procedure?  Seems that often happens.

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Wow Billy! I'm so sorry to hear you are having problems with your second eye too. It isn't fun being so special. :rolleyes:

 

My doctor, today, said he didn't expect I'd need more surgery. I thought it hadn't improved at all; he said it had. Oh well, next appointment is in six weeks. He said the steroid he injected is still releasing stuff in my eye.

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I had my (L) eye done yesterday. Today at follow up my vision is 20-20. I just got the standard lens covered by insurance.  So I will still need glasses for reading. (R) eye next week.

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Mines Taken had a little trouble with both, but it has settled down.  She needs readers but otherwise doesn't wear glasses.

She had to wear them nearly all her life so she is thrilled to be able to do almost everything without them now.

 

Only one eye needed the laser because of a slight fold.

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18 hours ago, Billy Boots, # 20282 LTG-Regulator said:

Await the news from your doctor visit Allie. 

Like you, my second surgery was not so successful.  After my first (left eye and worst of cataracts), I was impressed at seven day doctor visit.  At almost three weeks now, my right (yea I shoot from right shoulder) is a bit blurred and objects appear to have shadow (much like seeing double).  I can shoot but sights are not clear.  Reading glasses help right eye, but not the more corrected left, and, I do not want to shoot in reading glasses.   At seventh day appointment, doctor said my right eye appeared to have a wrinkle and he expected it to stretch out in time........10 days later, it is about same  He did not want to see me until 1/3/201.  At that time he will  evaluate if he might need to  zap with laser to clear wrinkle .  Unfortunately I am not one of great patience.

 

Hang in there Billy. I've got great hope it will all work out.  I can't be more pleased with mine.

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12 hours ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Wow Billy! I'm so sorry to hear you are having problems with your second eye too. It isn't fun being so special. :rolleyes:

 

My doctor, today, said he didn't expect I'd need more surgery. I thought it hadn't improved at all; he said it had. Oh well, next appointment is in six weeks. He said the steroid he injected is still releasing stuff in my eye.

 

Sis my thoughts are with you. Sorry about your struggle. Great that the doctor doesn't think additional surgery. Hopefully some more time is all it will take.

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Today's visit....not good news for pre-WR match.

Left lens has moved slightly so not as good as earlier, right eye has essentially no improvement.  Both present somewhat of a one-sided halo.  Now I can not read well nor see front sight clearly.  Surgeon does not want to do any procedure on capsule knowing that replacement lens may be best route and messing with capsule can hinder outcome in lens replacement/correction.  For now, with Winter Range only six weeks away, cheap fix is to find the best suited correction for shooting with cheap reading glasses then have a pair of shooting glasses made to accommodate until more time to venture into another surgery.  Not such a huge problem  with a grim outlook, just matter of time and some trials with glasses....like 1.25 to shoot and 3.25 to read.:( 

How are others tuning in on this thread?

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Oh no! I'm so sorry, Billy.

 

I'm still not doing well either. Out of one eye I see a blurry line with a hump in the middle when I should see a clear straight line. My next appt. is 1/18. Last appt. the doctor didn't think another surgery would be necessary. Unfortunately, I see no improvement since surgery.

 

I've been wearing readers too. I haven't shot since the second eye surgery. It can't be worse than when I shot the NV State with one eye done and one eye not. I may give shooting a trial this Saturday.  I can't get a prescription until this is resolved.

 

Best wishes to you for a successful outcome. :wub: 

 

Allie

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You guys (and girls) that are still shooting before your eyes are fully recovered are doing it to yourselves. 
You wear ear protection to prevent the shock wave from damaging your ears, that same shock wave is doing
damage to your unprotected eyes. My Dr. (who IS a shooter) forbid me from shooting for three months after surgery.
He explains that each detonation sent out a  shockwave that moved the eyeball just enough to slow healing and change position 
of the new lens. Do yourselves a favor and give up shooting for a couple of months. 
Your longterm health (and eyesight) is much more important than playing the game.

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2 hours ago, Wrangler Red SASS #28281 said:

You guys (and girls) that are still shooting before your eyes are fully recovered are doing it to yourselves. 
You wear ear protection to prevent the shock wave from damaging your ears, that same shock wave is doing
damage to your unprotected eyes. My Dr. (who IS a shooter) forbid me from shooting for three months after surgery.
He explains that each detonation sent out a  shockwave that moved the eyeball just enough to slow healing and change position 
of the new lens. Do yourselves a favor and give up shooting for a couple of months. 
Your longterm health (and eyesight) is much more important than playing the game.

Hi Red,

 

I think you mean well.

 

However, I have not shot since the surgery on the eye that is troubling me. I shot after the first surgery and that eye is doing well.

 

Regards,

 

Allie

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Prayers up for those who have not had the success I have had. Now i just need to learn to shoot.

 

Imis

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I just had my 2 week follow up. Everything is going smooth. Will still need glasses with a slight correct for distance in the right eye and 2.75 for reading. It's amazing how clear everything looks. I can look at stars again. Gotta go back in 6 months, Dr. is worried my left eye may get a pseudo cataracts and need a touch up with laser. I went out and got some safety glasses for shooting, I don't think I'll shoot with my prescription glasses anymore. 

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So glad you are doing well, CPK! :D

 

Billy, please check in, with good news, I hope! :unsure:

 

I had another doctor visit today. I am no longer a member of the 5% special group; I'm a member of the 1% club now. :o I have to see a Retinal Specialist. :( The first eye is still okay. Except, they told me that my sight was still 20/30 as always. I'd swear they told me it was 20/20 after the surgery on the first eye. :o

 

I still haven't shot since the second surgery and what Red wrote has me a little leery of it. I was planning to shoot on 1/27 and 2/2. I may wait a bit.

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2 hours ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

So glad you are doing well, CPK! :D

 

Billy, please check in, with good news, I hope! :unsure:

 

I had another doctor visit today. I am no longer a member of the 5% special group; I'm a member of the 1% club now. :o I have to see a Retinal Specialist. :( The first eye is still okay. Except, they told me that my sight was still 20/30 as always. I'd swear they told me it was 20/20 after the surgery on the first eye. :o

 

I still haven't shot since the second surgery and what Red wrote has me a little leery of it. I was planning to shoot on 1/27 and 2/2. I may wait a bit.

No good news really, doc suggested I find a pair of readers that accommodate my shooting until after WR.  1.5 seemed be fairly sufficient so I did find a pair of cheap safety glasses with a full lens of 1.5 at Amazon .  His plan is for me to see a cornea specialist in Dallas (yeks, dislike driving to and in Dallas) when I return.  He hopes the problem can be fixed with some laser work.  Cornea shape seems to be puzzling him.  Perhaps has something to do will lasik surgery back in nineties. 

 

I too felt first surgery was better at 2 weeks than at 6 weeks.  Actually, chart proved it.  I now have "ghost" image with both eyes. I have glasses for shooting, glasses for driving, glasses for reading,...frustrating. 

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I saw my regular eye doctor Monday as a follow up. It's been 1 year 2 months since surgery and my eyes are still great. She said sometimes there can be a slight regression but mine check out Great!

 

Allie and Billy I'm sad the hear your still having issues. The readers I need are 1.5 for reading, working at the computer and eating with food in focus. Everything beyond about 2-1/2 feet is clear and  in focus.

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I'm  happy for those of you doing well.

 

Alas Billy and I belong in the elite club. I don't know whether to use the :lol: or :( emoji!

 

Bro Scout, I'm using 1.5 readers too. Distance is better than it has been for years, 20/30.

 

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Oh dear, my doctor mentioned the macula and I found this that describes my problem.

https://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/4/macular-holepucker

 

I once told someone, who was considering Lasik surgery, I would never have Lasik as I was afraid of the potential negative impact. This article and Billy's post imply that I may have been correct.

 

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On 6/22/2018 at 9:20 AM, J. Mark Flint #31954 LIFE said:

I have run into people that have had this option done and were unable to adjust.  I opted for having vision set to make the front sights on my pistols clear and I use readers for fine print/low light reading and am okay for most other situations without the need for glasses.  My understanding is after lens implantation, removal and replacement of the artificial lens is not something that is done often and has challenges.  New lenses allow for some focal adjustment like your natural lenses.  If you are not a candidate for these type of lenses I would talk further with your ophthalmologist about all your options.

Mine are focused the same. Need glasses for reading or any work closer that 30 inches, but am happy with my results.  Had them done early in 2000.  The technique has improved a bunch since then.

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May I have permission to swear? Never mind I'm just gonna do it. Drat, Fiddlesticks!

 

I just saw the Retinal Specialist today. I must have another surgery to remove scar tissue. I have an appointment 2/28 to see if it has hardened enough to cut out. He, at this point, expects the surgery to be in March.

 

I asked him about shooting. He said it was okay.

 

I'm in a quandary about the Federal Jury Duty. I guess I'll just call the woman I talked to about the last two postponements (for vision appointments) and "throw the decision in her lap." I could either just go ahead and hope it's over by 2/28 or I'm not acceptable, which would postpone it for another year.

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Whew (I think)!

 

I just got my jury duty postponed until July!

 

Oh! Swear words deleted. That means I can't sign up for the Western Regional, in August, until that is resolved.

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Yeah! (I hope.) Surgery by the Retinal Specialist is scheduled for Monday. He will remove scar tissue from the cataract surgery and a "large" (his word) floater.

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36 minutes ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Yeah! (I hope.) Surgery by the Retinal Specialist is scheduled for Monday. He will remove scar tissue from the cataract surgery and a "large" (his word) floater.

 

My thoughts will be with you. Hope everything's goes great and helps resolve your eye issues.

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On 1/3/2019 at 7:05 PM, Wrangler Red SASS #28281 said:

You guys (and girls) that are still shooting before your eyes are fully recovered are doing it to yourselves. 
You wear ear protection to prevent the shock wave from damaging your ears, that same shock wave is doing
damage to your unprotected eyes. My Dr. (who IS a shooter) forbid me from shooting for three months after surgery.
He explains that each detonation sent out a  shockwave that moved the eyeball just enough to slow healing and change position 
of the new lens. Do yourselves a favor and give up shooting for a couple of months. 
Your longterm health (and eyesight) is much more important than playing the game.

 

+1  -  I'm scheduled on the 5th to re-measure my eyes, then cataract and cornea laser surgery on 12th on left eye.  He also said something about the shape of my eyes that would be corrected at the same time.  I'll go back tentatively 2 to 3 weeks later for the same thing on the right eye.  I was told no shooting from now until at least 6 - 8 weeks after 2nd surgery if everything goes fine.  Oh and I will still need glasses 4 to 5 weeks after surgery for reading.  He said that with prior eye issues he wants my eyes totally healed prior to shooting & I was also instructed that after surgery I am to wear computer glasses when spending time coding etc   I did some research on those and I called  back and ask them as well.  It turns out these are something called blue-tech, I was told that instead of getting 2 sets of glasses that I can get a flip-up that attaches to my glasses and just leave them at the computer.  Looks like it will be June/July before I can participate in a match again.  Thanks for the thread - it has helped.

 

Charlie

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Thank you Scout!

 

Charlie, that is interesting. I asked the Retinal Specialist about shooting. He said it was okay. I will probably not shoot until the end of May just to be safe. I've signed up for an annual then. I haven't shot since October between surgeries. The first eye had no problems even with shooting once after its surgery. I hope your surgery goes well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Allie

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1 hour ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Thank you Scout!

 

Charlie, that is interesting. I asked the Retinal Specialist about shooting. He said it was okay. I will probably not shoot until the end of May just to be safe. I've signed up for an annual then. I haven't shot since October between surgeries. The first eye had no problems even with shooting once after its surgery. I hope your surgery goes well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Allie

 

Allie

 

My surgeon is a competitive shooter and a hunter.  He said that both the recoil (however mild) and the shock-wave from the round going off can affect how fast I heal as well as cause residual issues.  Not sure if it is because of everything he is doing or why else.  He said that I had to wait until totally healed and have my new glasses before I could participate again.  He doesn't even want me doing it for 10 days before surgery and I am using drops some Rx drops now then will switch to 3 different types later; so I'm not supposed to do the match this week end either.....go figure.  

 

Charlie

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Hi Folks,

 

My retinal surgery is over. Their booklet says new glasses between 3 to 6 months after surgery. So, not sure I'll shoot until I get new glasses.

 

I am concerned about an almost opaque spot in my vision. I mentioned it at my next day checkup. The intake nurse said mention it to the doctor. The doctor (not my doctor) wasn't concerned. I will see my doctor 3/28. Dang this is dragging on and on.

 

Allie

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UPDATE...

Allie, Scout, Marauder, and all following these "cataract adventures" .

I had numerous tests and evaluations done this morning at Cornea Specialist of Texas in Plano (attended by excellent doctor).  Final analysis was that due to old lasik surgery (nineties) the flatten cornea just did not stabilize new lens.  Specialists praised my cataract surgeon but claimed this just "one of those things that happen" , especially after  lasik.  I believe she called it a Hyperopic surprise.   Doctor felt she could correct with replacement lens surgery BUT at risk and with no guarantee of future outcome.  I would still need reading glasses and as a shooter, shooting/safety glasses. The three of us,  Sassy, doctor, and myself, agreed best solution to be to get safety glasses in a correction that works for shooting and a pair of nice bifocals for day to day activity.  This decision seemed best to save money, time, and possible disappointment down the road from a second surgery of risk.   Actually I had  found a pair of safety glasses on Amazon with  +1.50 correction a couple months ago after this problem developed and they seem to actually work fine.  Heck, I can buy several pair of these safety glasses for price of many "shooting glasses" on market, especially the +.25/.50 prescription Oakley's I have worn  for many years prior to cataracts.  I am comfortable with this and consider that, in truth, the surgery of November was a must due to health (eye sight) issues  cataracts can eventually cause.   I now have clear, cataract free lens and eyesight that is correctable.  Perhaps not the exact plan but I think God for "the good news".

 

Note: I questioned this specialist as to her feelings of shooting as I did after the cataract surgery.  She chose NOT to defend the theory that the shooting would cause problems.  That was just her opinion on theory, other specialist have their own opinion, and I am sure with valid concern.  I appreciate her giving me support that I did not cause any movement of lens by shooting to soon.

 

For any of you who have had lasik surgery in past and are considering cataract surgery let me offer this advice: see a cornea specialist first and understand that you have a flattened cornea that may aid in the undesirable movement of lens after surgery.  Cataract surgery after lasik is possible BUT with more risk than surgery on a non-lasik patient.   Do I regret having the Lasik surgery in the nineties...absolutely not.  

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Hi Billy! Thanks for the update.

 

My vision is worse in one eye than it was before its first or second surgery. I still see a wavy line where a straight line should be. I have a floater that seems like a bug. At first, I'd swat air before I realized nothing was there.

 

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