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Got a new eye.

Postby BigGuy » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:16 pm

I had cataract surgery yesterday (1/26/18) They replaced the lens with a toric lens. (The best I can tell, "Toric" is latin for expensive.)
First day after surgery — WOW!
Only minor downside I knew about before surgery, I need reading glasses. Up until the last few months I could still read without glasses using my left eye. Recently, reading had gotten difficult even with glasses. Now, though I need glasses, I can read again. (That's a nice ability for an author.)
Somebody in a post on another forum mentioned a friend who could see individual leaves on trees. I remember that sensation when I got my glasses back in Jr. High. In recent months, I couldn't make out individual leaves, even with glasses. Now, for the first time in 4 decades, I can make out individual leaves, without glasses.
The biggest difference is that colors are so vibrant. I feel like I've gotten a new TV. I can make out detail that I couldn't before because everything was the same color. (I had a hard time distinguishing between blue and black ink.)
The only other downside is that I'll have to wait two weeks to get the other eye done. I had thought it would only be a week. I'm already navigating with my left eye, the formerly non-dominant eye. I can't wait to get both eyes done. I've often lamented that I'd love to have my 20-year-old eyes back. I feel like I've got one of them.

EDIT: One other observation. I knew I'd be awake for the surgery. I wasn't looking forward to the idea of lying there, awake while somebody started cutting on my eye, but I made up my mind that I'd just have to get through it.
They gave me something before the surgery. I didn't feel drugged or drunk, but the surgery just didn't bother me. It was a strange (though not uncomfortable) sensation. A friend had told me this would happen and that there was nothing to the surgery. I didn't really believe it until experiencing it. He told me the worst part was going to be waiting to get the other eye fixed. He's right. I'd do it today if I could. I didn't realize how bad my eyes were until I got one of them fixed. Now it feels like I've got something over my right (dominate) eye.

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Postby Take Down Sicko » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:27 pm

Thats great your surgery went so well. You'll be shooting bulls eyes in no time.


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Postby dino9832 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:50 pm

Awesome! I can imagine how you must feel.
I'll be 51 in February, and my eyes have gotten bad over the years. I've even considered eye surgery. Unfortunately, I have an astigmatism so I'm not sure if they could even correct for it.

Old age sucks. Going from great eyesight to glasses, then bifocals. Then trifocals! Half your marksmanship practice gets centered on working around your bad eyesight..lol.

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Postby bblhd672 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:27 pm

I had cataract surgery when I was in early 50's. Unfortunately, the surgeon didn't remove enough of the cloudy lens so even though I can see better than before, I still have "halos" around lights at night.
Glad yours went better.
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Postby eyet » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:22 pm

dino9832 wrote:I've even considered eye surgery. Unfortunately, I have an astigmatism so I'm not sure if they could even correct for it.


That’s what toric lenses are for.

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Postby Pawpaw » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:04 pm

Congratulations BigGuy. I'm really glad everything turned out so well.

When I had my eye surgery last year, I too was impressed by how easy it was to go through.
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Postby ELB » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:39 pm

How much did it cost if you don’t mind telling?

Some years back my wife had Lasik surgery done, and I had myself if I evaluated for also. it turns out I’m too nearsighted for that to be effective. However they suggested doing what was in effect cataract surgery without the cataract. Unfortunately it was something on the order of $5000 per eye, And I could not justify walking down 10+ grand At that point.
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Postby MadMonkey » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:42 pm

Congrats... I had LASIK done in 2013 and it's the best investment I've ever made. Eyes are something to take care of.
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Postby anygunanywhere » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:27 pm

Keep an eye out for us.
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Postby LDB415 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:55 pm

That's great. I proofread and copy edit for about a dozen authors. I can't imagine not reading. Post updates now and then so those of us who might have this in our future will know what to expect.
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Postby The Annoyed Man » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:35 pm

I plan to take care of my cataracts this year. I have them in both eyes, and the one in my dominant (left) eye is worse than my right eye.
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Re: Got a new eye.

Postby Sidro » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:16 pm

BigGuy wrote:I had cataract surgery yesterday (1/26/18) They replaced the lens with a toric lens. (The best I can tell, "Toric" is latin for expensive.)
First day after surgery — WOW!
Only minor downside I knew about before surgery, I need reading glasses. Up until the last few months I could still read without glasses using my left eye. Recently, reading had gotten difficult even with glasses. Now, though I need glasses, I can read again. (That's a nice ability for an author.)
Somebody in a post on another forum mentioned a friend who could see individual leaves on trees. I remember that sensation when I got my glasses back in Jr. High. In recent months, I couldn't make out individual leaves, even with glasses. Now, for the first time in 4 decades, I can make out individual leaves, without glasses.
The biggest difference is that colors are so vibrant. I feel like I've gotten a new TV. I can make out detail that I couldn't before because everything was the same color. (I had a hard time distinguishing between blue and black ink.)
The only other downside is that I'll have to wait two weeks to get the other eye done. I had thought it would only be a week. I'm already navigating with my left eye, the formerly non-dominant eye. I can't wait to get both eyes done. I've often lamented that I'd love to have my 20-year-old eyes back. I feel like I've got one of them.

EDIT: One other observation. I knew I'd be awake for the surgery. I wasn't looking forward to the idea of lying there, awake while somebody started cutting on my eye, but I made up my mind that I'd just have to get through it.
They gave me something before the surgery. I didn't feel drugged or drunk, but the surgery just didn't bother me. It was a strange (though not uncomfortable) sensation. A friend had told me this would happen and that there was nothing to the surgery. I didn't really believe it until experiencing it. He told me the worst part was going to be waiting to get the other eye fixed. He's right. I'd do it today if I could. I didn't realize how bad my eyes were until I got one of them fixed. Now it feels like I've got something over my right (dominate) eye.



I had this done 6 years ago to both eyes. While I now need reading glasses it is still quite an improvement from where I was. My distance vision is phenomenal. My implanted lenses have a blue tint to them and therefore most sunglasses are too dark to wear. Airplanethings.com has the lightest tinted glasses I can find and you can get them with readers on the bottom. They really work well and several friends ordered from them after trying my glasses. Enjoy your new eyes.


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Re: Got a new eye.

Postby mayor » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:46 pm

I did this in December. Left one early and the right one a week before Christmas. Wow, what a Christmas present. I knew I wasn't seeing very well and my optometrist couldn't correct my vision with prescription lenses and suggested cataract surgery. I was pretty apprehensive but scheduled it before the end of the year for insurance purposes. I can see well without glasses now and can even read without cheaters. Astigmatism in my left eye is gone but my right eye is still somewhat fuzzy. I need glasses at night to avoid the halo effect and I sometimes get a headache when I get tired. The glasses should alleviate that.

I know just how you feel. I could hardly wait to get both eyes corrected and finished up with the drops. My right eye seemed to have more trauma than the left but all healed up well.

Congratulations and welcome the the land of the less blind.

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Re: Got a new eye.

Postby Oldgringo » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:02 pm

I had both eyes done (not on the same day) a few years back. I used to have to wear glasses to drive. Now, I have to wear glasses for everything except driving and ogling. Would I do it over again, I dunno.... :roll:


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Postby RoadRunnerTR21 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:17 am

I had both eyes done a year ago. The vibrant colors still impress me. I don't need glasses for anything unless it is very tiny print. Doc put in some kind of progressive lens. I paid for the procedure out of pocket. It was more expensive than the standard cataract surgery. We were offered a 0% loan as long s you don't miss a payment. The procedure should be paid for later this year.


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