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Cataract Surgery

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Rob-C, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. Rob-C

    Rob-C TS Member

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    So have many of you had cataract surgery? Was it successful? Did you have any complications?

    The cataract in my right eye has kept me from shooting for the last year and I have decided to have the surgery. However I have talked to people that have had both good experiences and not so good experiences. So now a week before the surgery I’m wondering what my outcome will be. I’m hoping for the best but I’d like to know what your experience was like. How quickly did you heal? How soon we’re you able to return to shooting? Did your eye glass prescription change?

    I really miss shooting, not that I was that great of a shot anyway but I miss all the great people that I have met and just being out at the trap range.

    Thank you!
     
  2. BDodd

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    My wife has had both eyes done. With each one, she was shocked when she immediately saw WAY better than she's been able for many years....Bob Dodd
     
  3. 1881home

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    Rob-C,

    I had my right eye done in February of this year. My vision was very much improved, however, I still had some cloudiness. It turned out that I needed a vitrectomy, where they change out the vitreous gel in the eye. Now everything is just great!

    If you have a credible eye surgeon, you will be glad you had it done. Some people are 20/20 after the surgery, I was 20/25. Your prescription will probably change. Give it a month or so before you get the new prescription, so the swelling and healing process are finished. Do the drops religously, as the doctor tells you.

    You'll be glad you had it done! Wait until you get your new Rx for lenses, before you shoot, and you'll be amazed how well you see the target. Good luck, and break em all.
     
  4. Tailbuster

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    Rob,

    The vast majority of people (read high 90% here- but I'm not sure of the actual figure)do terrific after cataract surgery and most people will have to have it done around 70 years of age -give or take a little. For the most part, you will notice a big difference in the brightness and clarity of things if you have had the cataracts for a while. Since it is a surgery and the doctor has to go inside the eye, problems can develop but they are usually managed pretty well. The quality of the surgeon is of the utmost importance, in my opinion.

    Only YOUR doctor can tell you when you can return to shooting safely but I suspect most doctors are going to be good with it after a couple weeks to a month after surgery. Remember to ask that question to your doctor. That is not something you can gain from this forum. Good luck with the surgery and get back to shooting.

    all the best,
    john
     
  5. halfmile

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    I have a nice ripe one in my left eye. Since I shoot right handed and am right eye dominant, I have not had too much difficulty shooting.

    The crappy scores are not because of the cataract. (good excuse, though.)

    I know I need to get it done, and my concerns are what happens to the good eye? I would really rather have lens implants in both eyes.

    I don't want one uncorrected eye and one with -2.25 correction. Will they do both eyes so I can have uncorrected vision? I have been near sighted all my life, and the opportunity to see normal targets would be like a dream come true.

    My left eye vision now is like someone smeared motor oil on my glasses.

    If the left eye only was done, I fear a real dominance problem, since I had to work real hard for a few years to learn two eyed shooting.

    Anyone with experience in this area, your thoughts appreciated.

    HM
     
  6. Tailbuster

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    Awe,

    The good news (if you want to call it that) is that if your left eye has a cataract that requires surgery, the right eye has a cataract also. It may not be nearly as bad as the other eye but may warrant surgery nonetheless. You are right to not want to have the eyes "very" different in prescription. It can cause some unwanted aggravations. Ask your doctor if the right one can be done. This information won't be correct if the cataract on the left was caused by trauma. If you are around 70 though, the other cataract is likely there. Ask your doctor.

    all the best,
    john
     
  7. shutnlar

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    Had both eyes done, the left (I'm left-handed) at 55, the other a year later. Healed quickly and well both times, because I listened to the Doc. Shot ducks a week after each opreation. Left eye was 20/40 now 20/25. Right was 20/400, now 20/20. New shooting glasses solved the problems I had. Can see distance very well, but can't find my hand in front of my face!!!LOL


    Larry
     
  8. Gargoyle!

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    I did not read all the posts here. Thye are no big deal today. In in the am out at about noon. Rest at home and in about a week or so your doing what you want. Its worth having done by the people who have had it done.
     
  9. Diamond Grade

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    I had my right eye done in July, 2006 and had to have it done again this past week. No, there were no problems, but developed a second cataract between my eye and the lens implant. Just had laser done and it took 5 minutes and see great. Now the funny part was I shot a 98 (16) before surgery and shot a 87 3 days after. The doctor said about 20% develop the second cataract.
     
  10. Pull Bang

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    I had cataract surgery November 2, 2005 (right eye) and November 30, 2005 (left eye). These are both Wednesdays. I was shooting the second week after surgery on Saturday. This was ten days ofter each surgery with the "APPROVAL" of my Doctor.

    BTW, cataract surgery is not all that bad. The worst thing was the blurred vision the first 24 hours, which wasn't all that bad. The actual surgery was a breeze, only took less than 30 minutes. I was under a mild anesthetize and conscious the whole time. Was not allowed to drive for 24 hours, whifey was my chauffeur.

    The worst part was the eye drops. Three days prior and 7 days post operation, three different drops.

    All in all it wasn't that bad, go for it.

    Frank
     
  11. SF SGM

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    Had both eyes done a couple of years ago. The difference is night and day! I was one of the 20% who developed a secondary cataract. The left several months after surgery and the right one was done a couple of weeks ago. Nothing to either procedure. You can just about choose your vision! The secondary removal was less than 5 minutes with a Yage Laser and the transplant, less than an hour for each eye. Just do what the Doc says and you will be fine.
     
  12. BigM-Perazzi

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    "The cataract in my right eye has kept me from shooting for the last year and I have decided to have the surgery. However I have talked to people that have had both good experiences and not so good experiences. So now a week before the surgery I’m wondering what my outcome will be. I’m hoping for the best but I’d like to know what your experience was like. How quickly did you heal? How soon we’re you able to return to shooting? Did your eye glass prescription change?

    I really miss shooting, not that I was that great of a shot anyway but I miss all the great people that I have met and just being out at the trap range. "

    I had Sensoli in Chelsea, Michigan do both of mine 1 1/2 yrs ago. My God, what a difference!!. I too was 20/400 but could read the fine print on a lawyers contract. Now I'm 20/20 with some small astigmatizm and can't see the large numbers on the lawyers bills....lol

    The brightness will dazzle you... the first eye is apprehension, the 2nd eye is anticipation. Check with your eye doctor about different procedures as I understand the science is changing daily!!

    Run, don't walk to having it done!!

    This was 1 year after my surgery!! 99/100 Presidents Handicap 4th place!! ( or 3rd runnerup...lol)

    Jim

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  13. Tailbuster

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    Big M,

    Tony Sensoli at TLC is a terrific surgeon. You chose well or I suspect your optometrist did.

    all the best,
    john
     
  14. PAPAJAY

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    I am having surgery thursday to remove Cataract from my left eye.
    I am a two eyed shooter, the cloud drives me crazy I will let everyone know
    how it turns out. I will shot Iowa thats in a couple weeks should be ok by
    then. I hope..
    Thanks for the info.....
    Papajay
     
  15. Finprof

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    I had mine done over 20 years ago. I am 20/15 corrected and 20/40 uncorrected.
    I have had worse problems from a filling at the dentist. My eyes were done at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia by one of the corneal specialists.
     
  16. ke4yyd

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    I had my right eye done on June 7. I am one of the 2% that has had complications. My vision changes dramatically through out the day as my cornea swells and shrinks. Usually first thing in the morning I have 20/20 vision (I have a Snellen Chart at home)but fades as the day progresses. I seem to be allegic to the medicatiions as they cause my eyes to sting for hours afterwards. The Accular drops reduces the stinging but they cause my vision to dim even more. I am extremely sensitive to light in both eyes to the point that I must wear two pairs of sunglasses outside. I wear pair of sunglasses when watching TV or computer work. I have noticed some improvement the past few days. I went to the Dermatologist today and he thinks I may be allergic to the preservatives in the drops. We are going to do some allergy tests in a few days. The Doc say I can shoot but the discomfort from light sensitivity makes it not practical.

    Anyway the Doc feels things will get better in time.
     
  17. idoc

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    Rob-C,

    There is one factor related to cataract surgery that has to be taken into consideration. This is only necessary if your previous Rx in your glasses was moderate to high in power. Because of what happens to the light rays when you look off of center when mounting a gun (some people more than others), when you have the surgery it can have a significant impact on your gun fit.

    If you were nearsighted before the surgery then you will need more cast off and more drop at the comb. If you were farsighted you would need less cast off and more height at the comb. How much depends on how far off of center you were looking and what your Rx was. I would think that anything below + or - 2.00 would be insignificant. If you let me know what your Rx is I may be able to advise. Hope this helps...............Rich Colo O.D.
     
  18. Finprof

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    Hi idoc:

    Your suggestion on the change in gun fit is very intriguing to me. I just got back from my checkup at Wills Eye and asked the surgeon about the change in vison. He said that if the fit of the new lens was perfect there would be no prism effect, but if the fit wasn't perfect, there could be a prism effect.

    I was -2.50 before the implant and +0.5 after. I do shoot better with more offset and a lower comb than any stock fitter has "prescribed" for me, so there probably is something to your comment. The fit for the right lens is a bit off.

    Could you explain why the change in gun fit occurs?

    Thanks.

    By the way, I am 20/15 corrected - uncorrected 20/40 OS and 20/60 OD
     
  19. DOBER01

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    Had both done this year. Helped my shooting. Was nearsighted but now need reading glasses. Watch out for halos around lights. Don't drive at night much anymore.Colored lenses didn't seem to help to eliminate halos. Have difficulty shooting at night.
     
  20. DH

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    Had both done earlier this year, about 3 weeks apart. Delay was monitor diabetes. Vision in left was immed after surgery 20/15 in left, dominate eye-right eye has gotten down to 20/30--use no rx in shooting glasses-see targets just great-
    Listen to your doc-mine is a shooter and he ok'd my shooting 2 weeks after the 2nd eye was done
    Dave Hakola
     
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