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ktdtx 11-12-2019 02:18 PM

They can really sneak up on you. Insidious removing of colors and brightness from your vision-you don't realize how much is gone--until--you get a "new part".

4 days post surgery for one cataract and have 20-20 vision in that eye. Colors restored, clarity. I get to compare & contrast with the "yet to be repaired" eye for a while and continue to be amazed.

Comodave 11-12-2019 02:24 PM

I had cataract surgery 2 years ago. I am still amazed how wonderful it is to be able to see without glasses. I wore glasses for 55 years.

Pete Meisinger 11-12-2019 03:36 PM

Im not an expert and Im not a doctor but I had both of my eyes done a few years ago and I think I learned one thing.

I was looking forward to not needing glasses any longer. It had not been promised but the Dr. said it was a reasonable expectation. Others have experienced no need for glasses following the surgery.

I think I may have screwed up because I continued to wear my glasses after the first eye was done and didn't throw them away after the second eye was done, I kept wearing them. My feeling is that I never allowed my eyes to make the needed adjustment to going without glasses. So now I am as addicted as ever.

Just a non medical opinion, See if you can do without the glasses as soon as you are able.


Comodave 11-12-2019 04:09 PM

As soon as they removed the bandagesI could see perfectly without the glasses.

Xsbank 11-12-2019 04:29 PM

I always thought a cataract was a set of rapids on the Nile River. Silly me. Maybe RT knows?

ktdtx 11-12-2019 04:30 PM

It is a little more complicated with the lens selection process--there are multi focal and near, medium and far focal lenses.
Each has a few +/-.

I did not select the multi-focal and opted for the far. Far starts at about an arm's length away--I do and will continue (I think) to need reading glasses

RT Firefly 11-12-2019 04:41 PM

Mr. X. I can never remember where I put my glasses after I empty them so the best I can do for cat erect and keep it "G" rated is:

firehoser75 11-12-2019 04:49 PM


Like you, I have only had one done. The other is not needed, yet, but will be. However, still require reading glasses, but that is all. "Distance vision" is better than 20/20 according to the optometrist. Like Dave, I could see very well right away, but I did experience a slight periodic "halo" effect for a short while.

BruceK 11-12-2019 05:34 PM

Congratulations. You don`t know what you lost until it returns.I did my drivers license renewal eye test shortly after the first eye was done, before the second,passed no glasses worn. My new lenses are set for distance, I wear glasses to read.
Cataract formation is like paint dulling on a car, near imperceptible until serious compromise.
A number of people get a vision reducing clouding of the replacement lens some time later, dealt with by a quick laser treatment. According to dhayes in a previous thread, it is not uncommon.

firehoser75 11-12-2019 06:03 PM

Just a thought, I have not asked the MD, but being as the new lens is made of a "plastic", it may be a good idea to really ensure the use of sunglasses after cataract surgery? We all know what UV can to do to some plastics.

Bigsfish 11-12-2019 06:09 PM

Had both done but my eyes were pretty bad, I still wear trifocals but with far less correction, best thing is everything lightened up.

Chrisjs 11-12-2019 06:18 PM

Do not know if the same is possible with cataract lenses, but my wife is planning to have lasik monovision. This is a process where one eye is sculpted for distance vision the other eye sculpted for near vision (reading). She presently has a similar set-up with contact lenses. She has no problem with near or distance sight, and is fine driving at night etc. Wonder if cataract lenses can be done the same way. While I do have cataracts (age 73) I do not think Medicare considers them bad enough yet for surgery!!

ktdtx 11-12-2019 06:55 PM

You can select the "mono-vision" for cataract lenses--one eye for far and one for near. I don't think I would like that with absolutely no reason to say that. I understand the brain adapts.

I chose the one with the least chance of complications--didn't want possible halos or star bursts at night which have a higher chance of occurrence with the multi-focal. Also was told the contrast and brightness are often not as good with the multi-focal.

Sailor of Fortune 11-12-2019 07:27 PM

Has anyone had Lasiks surgery? Kind of wondering if its worth the risks involved for the benefits.

Capitaine R 11-12-2019 07:34 PM

I had lasik monovision done 10+ years ago, and it worked wonderfully. But I should have waited until I got a little older. The near vision has weakened over time and I'm back to wearing readers. Distance vision seems to be fine still. I could have my near vision eye tweaked but I developed dry eye pretty bad after the first lasik procedure and don't want to take the chance of making it worse.
If it is possible for me to get monovision lenses when the cataracts come my way I will definitely go that way.

firehoser75 11-12-2019 07:46 PM

I saw a TV news style documentary not that long ago (something like 60 minutes) regarding complications with Lasik. A reasonable number of fairly major side effects have occurred. Things like very dry eye, constant pain, vision issues, with some patients even contemplating suicide, saying things like "it ruined my life". To be fair, there are many, many happy patients as well.

If it were me, I think I would wear glasses.

At the minimum, know the risks, and ensure they are acceptable to you!

syjos 11-12-2019 07:56 PM

Asian guy goes to an optometrist.

Optomitrist says " sir, you have cataracts ".

Asian guys answers " I no have cataract, I have a Rinkin Continental "

Couldn't resist. My asian Optomitrist told me that one.

koliver 11-12-2019 07:59 PM


Originally Posted by Sailor of Fortune (Post 820086)
Has anyone had Lasiks surgery? Kind of wondering if its worth the risks involved for the benefits.

I have.

My optomotrist knew I had cataracts, but didn't think they were causing me any difficulties, though I kept him busy with Rx changes every 6 months or so. When I complained, I was sent to an Ophthalmologist who also told me my cataracts were not the problem.
Not satisfied, I got a referral to a different Ophthalmologist, one who specialized in cataracts. His recommendation was immediate cataract surgery on both eyes, followed in a month with Lasik on both to eliminate Astigmatism.
I did all of that and about a year later had the laser zapping (I now, not a medical term) of the clouding "Capsule". I chose dual focal lenses, one for very near (reading) and distance, one for mid (computer distance) and far.
The only downside is in low light, reading un-illuminated print can be a chore, so my Netflix watching has increased. I had no real time of healing, it was almost healed when I returned home from the office where all of the procedures were done. I have never felt that glasses would be required.

I also believe the $5k charged by the Ophthalmologist was dirt cheap and I recommend NOT waiting if that will help your vision.

bobsyiruncle 11-12-2019 09:10 PM

I have had both eyes done and no longer wear glasses. It was driving with my non boating brother at night who could see bouys that I could not which convinced me. It was a five minute procedure but a couple months waiting for it
I would offer one word of caution. They patch up the eye after surgery. I went to bed and removed the patch at night. Half way through the night I got thirsty. I went down to the frig in the dark and when I opened the door the light went on and almost blinded me.
Was not funny at the time but is now.

Arc 11-12-2019 09:21 PM

I had both done last year. Left eye was the worst. Due to the mapping of the eye , the new lens did not improve my very bad vision. They replace it a second time. That was much better but not 20/20. Right eye worked out great. I only need 1.5 reading glasses so iím Satisfied.
LASIK can be dangerous. My very best friends son [32 years old] had it done. It had major complications. He has nerve damage that they canít fix. He is in pain 24/7. His life revolves around pain which is unbearable at times. He has traveled to a few different specialist that deal with LASIK complications. So far no success. And yes at times he wanted to end the pain. He now spends 2 hours a day , every day doing various procedures the get through the day. In addition he lost his job over it.
Do your research. There are many similar stories

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