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Sorry to hear but glad it worked out for you Billy.

 

I'm hearing more folks that say the lasik complicated cataract surgery. 

 

Mine are okay, but I have my own bug in one eye as well.  But it has faded a great deal so that I no longer need to swat it :D

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

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.

 

 

My thougts are still with you on this. Hope it will eventually work out OK.

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This has been a very interesting thread, thanks.  Got the call from eye doctor today to schedule my 2 pre-op appointments and both the cataract surgeries.  This thread has given me a lot to discuss with the doctor.  My surgeon is the son of our regular optometrist who happens to be a shooter, although not CAS.  He has had me bring in guns when figuring out where to put focal points on shooting glasses.  Looking forward to better vision!

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I saw my Retinal Specialist today. I told him that my vision was worse than before his surgery. He told me it could take up to a year to heal.

 

I have no words. :(

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Maybe some info about apres-Lasik and apres-cataract can be of interest.  Twenty-one years ago I had Lasik to correct severe astigmatism and acute near-sightedness.  I was 20/200, left eye, and 20/600 right eye.  The Doc gave me mono-vision because he could not fully correct my right eye.  It was left 20/30 and set as a "distance" eye.  The left eye was correctable with tri-focal lenses for distance, middle, and near.  Astigmatism was totally gone from both.

 

For shooting, I discovered something called the Gentleman's, or Sportman's glass lenses.  This lens took the middle distance of the tri-focal and mounted it on TOP of the lens.  This gave me a clear image of my pistol sight and rifle sight and a blurry image of the away target.  The reasoning here is that if you cannot see your gunsight you can't hit any target, not matter how sharp.  When you sight a weapon you naturally scrunch down and tip your forehead down, so, this aligns the top-mounted middle distance lens perfectly to see your gunsights.  The bottom of the lenses were whatever was needed for the usual lens correction you might need.

 

On March 12 and 26 I have had cataract lens replacement.  There is a lens available that may be usable for you.  It is called the Symfony lens and gives you full distance vision: close, middle, and distance.  Not everyone's eye can accept the Symfony lens and Medicare will not pay for the diff between a regular and the Symfony.  I have not yet fully adjusted to the two surgeries but am hopeful that I can be rid of glasses, period.  Being 71 years old is maybe a fly in that ointment but we will have to wait and see (pun intended).

 

So … check out this lens to learn if your eye can accept it.

 

Remember: Keep your powder dry!!!

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

I saw my Retinal Specialist today. I told him that my vision was worse than before his surgery. He told me it could take up to a year to heal.

 

I have no words. :(

Sorry to hear Allie.  Betting they did not tell you that before surgery.  The fact that my old Lasik procedure would be be obstacle seemed to not be mentioned to me.  Not sure it would have mattered a lot though as I needed the cataract surgery before damage was worse.  At least I have clear lens and vision is correctable with glasses.  Hope better news for you soon.

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Thank you, Billy!  I wouldn't mind wearing glasses. This waiting sucks!

 

I think I am the poster girl for cataract surgery gone bad. I went to my beloved hair stylist yesterday (we've been together since the 70s ;) ); he said that he'd never heard of problems with cataract surgery. Well neither had I.

 

I'm really down right now.

 

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:ph34r:  Chin up, Allie.  Prayers and good thoughts for you.

 

My exam last week told me my cataracts are progressing very slowly.......  and not to worry until the glare factor becomes more pronounced.  I find I have lost all enthusiasm for night driving, which I used to enjoy greatly.

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

Mine were so bad that I couldn't read street signs. Not good if going some place new.

 

Thank you for the good thoughts!

 

That is exactly what happened to me. Could not read road signs until I was upon them. Diagnosed with cataracts and got new RX within 6 months could not read road signs again. Went back and found no new RX would correct it and doctor said the cataracts had progressed to the point I should have surgery. Now without glasses I can read all road signs and can better drive at night. The new style headlights still give a slight star burst but the old style do not.

 

Your remain in my thoughts SISS.

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Another Update:

Hoping to get set up for a nice (ha) pair of bifocals as previous suggest by cornea specialist in March, on 4/18 I finally get a chance to see my eye surgeon who detects some cloudiness in left eye.  This is a common complication of cataract surgery called PCO (posterior capsule opacity).  He schedules YAG laser capsulotomy for April 29th.  All went well in a very easy "in and out" surgery. 30th left is about on par with right eye so ready for those bifocals :mellow:.  Get bifocal (no line style) on May 7th.  Within week right eye lens seems to constantly have a smear on it....nope, not smear, PCO again.  YAG laser now scheduled for right ey on June 3rd.  Hoping all well by EOT.

Good news is I found Amazon has + 1.5 or 2.0 corrective safety glasses for about $7 that work fine for shooting.  These are full lens not bifocal so work well for me.  If buying, be sure you notice that there is also a bifocal model which I don't think one would want. 

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On 2/28/2019 at 10:47 PM, 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.

Sorry for not seeing this sooner. I will warn you that it could be painful from a pressure standpoint. I had to have it after the second detached retina so the scar tissue in healing wouldn’t pull a different part of the retina away. In my case the doctor had me in a chair and the laser was part of his head mount. I could feel the “punch” of the laser as he got rid of the scar tissue and floaters. There won’t be any downtime but you will need your favorite headache medicine. Good luck. 

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Thank you for the concern, Nimble. I felt nothing. All three of my eye surgeries were in surgery centers, where I was somewhat out of it and laying down. No, pain at all. Good thing as I am allergic to NASIDs.

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

Thank you for the concern, Nimble. I felt nothing. All three of my eye surgeries were in surgery centers, where I was somewhat out of it and laying down. No, pain at all. Good thing as I am allergic to NASIDs.

How has the healing come thus far.  Still have the floaters?

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Hi Billy,

 

Thanks for asking. The solid crescent-shaped one (doesn't seem like the other floaters)  is still there. The floater that I wanted to swat like a bug is gone. I've adjusted to having a bad and a good eye though.

 

I finally shot 5/4 (the first time since October) and could see my sights without prescriptions.  The Retinal Specialist wants to see me in July. However, he said I could get new glasses in June. I will get bifocals with lines. I tried the "no-line" bifocals when I first needed them and didn't like them.

 

If I close the good eye, I still see a wave with the bad eye.  I guess it is better than the cataracts were. 

 

Best wishes for fun at EOT and beyond!

 

Allie

 

 

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Yay! The crescent-shaped thingy is gone. It was so odd that I was worried. :unsure: I still have a slight wave; but, it is better. :)

 

I just got new glasses today: sun bi focal, clear bi focal, and transitions with no bi focal (for shooting). :D

 

I think my "ordeal" may be over! My first surgery was in September (9 months ago) and patience is a skill that I haven't totally mastered. :o

 

Thanks to all of you who showed concern and expressed kind thoughts. :wub:

 

To the rest of you undergoing cataract surgery, please check in and let us know how you are doing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Allie

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14 hours ago, Bad Bascomb, SASS # 47,494 said:

:ph34r:   So glad to hear things have worked out positively.  Isn't it great to see clearly again?

 

       Will we see you at Eldorado this October?

I'm glad to hear that you and Goode are shooting it. I doubt that I will be there.

 

Take care and be Goode, my friends!

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Glad to hear you've gotten better,Miz Mo. My one floater in my left has now turned into a donut( clear center). the glaucoma is another problem, though. Pressure in the right eye isn't responding to the med. Might end up with a procedure in the fall. Will know more next appointment:blush:

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