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Cataract Surgury Update

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Greg LV, Jul 22, 2011.

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  1. Greg LV

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    Has anyone had experience with cataract surgery? The doc said my distant vision should be 20/20 without corrective lenses but I may need reading glasses. I'm scared to death of having the procedure.
     
  2. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Greg, in 2005, I had cataract surgery for both eyes. Went from 20/400 to 20/20. I also was afraid. After the first eye was done, I realized what a great procedure it was, and the 2nd eye, (a couple weeks later as I recall) went much smoother.

    I wish I could have had the procedure 50 years earlier!

    Anyway, I went with the distance monovision because of my shooting.

    for what its' worth, I carry a 97 singles avg, 27 yard.

    you will learn to live with reading glasses..

    Jim Chapman

    Hell, Michigan
     
  3. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Had it last August. It was a snap, real easy. I went for the distance lens and I use reading glasses. Mine fogged over a little as they sometimes do so the Doc lazer zapped it on Tue. this week and I was shooting Thurs. morning. Rest easy, no need for worrying. Bulge.
     
  4. Auctioneer

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    Both of my parents had it done to both eyes. Its no big deal now adays. Your in and out the same day.
     
  5. DoubleAuto

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    Had it done last year on both eyes. Best thing I have had done medically in a long time. No pain. Went with the distance monovision and reading glasses. Just take it easy for couple of days and follow your doctor's instructions on eye drops before and after the surgery. Just lay back and relax. It is amazing the doctor/nurses gossip you will hear while the surgery is going on.
     
  6. JIM SIMS

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    Worry not my friend,I had both of mine done last
    year and the results were incredible,however
    Ive lost my excuses for shooting poorly now LOL!
    Enjoy your new gift
    JIM
     
  7. puablo

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    Greg, had both eyes done this past fall...had the 2nd eye done on a Thursday and was out deer hunting the following Tuesday, if I remember correctly. I'm 61, and am glad I didn't delay having it done.
    good luck to you.
     
  8. xb40

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    I had it done a couple of months ago. Had Crystal Lens, supposed to be good for diatance and reading, no glasses. It didn't work that way for me. I still need glasses to read. I can shoot a scope without glasses, but need glasses for sights. I would not recommend the Crystal Lens.
     
  9. halfmile

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    I wore glasses all my life, because my distance vision was poor.

    I never had to use glasses for bench work or reading, and my bifocals when I got them had almost no correction in the bivocal part.

    When a cataract in my left eye became like looking through a piece of waxed paper I had both eyes done, and like the others here I now use readers and no glasses otherwise. I get the Dollar store readers and have several pairs laying about all over the place.

    My shooting glasses have only color, no correction whatsoever and it's the best thing that ever happened to me. With the distance dcorrection I used to have the targets looked like little aspirin tablets. Now they are much easier to see and the apparent size is normal.

    Do it, if you have any vision impairment at all. Get the best doctor in your area. The procedure takes an hour or a little more in prep and about 15 minutes to do.

    HM
     
  10. Smoke 1

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    READ THIS TWICE:

    DON'T BE CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!

    FIND THE BEST EYE DOCTOR AND LET HIM DO IT.

    If you are a serious shooter just get the distance lens.
     
  11. hoot619

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    Those that have had it done: would like more comments since I also am in for it .

    Doc says they can be removed now but some would like it to be more advanced

    before doing the procedure on you. So far no vision problems but lights do

    distract at night. I suppose should ask the specialist in eye care. Ken U
     
  12. Bob Hawkes

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    Following this with great interest as I also am heading there. The doctor says he'd like to let it grow a little worse before removal, sure makes shooting difficult-but still fun to "smell the powder". :)
     
  13. puablo

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    To add a little more to my experience having this done this past fall...I could have waited, my eyes weren't that awful. But I could notice my shooting falling off. I figured, I'm still fairly young(61)...the Doc said I could get it done any time I wanted, so I went ahead with it.

    Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome...without glasses, I can see road signs, objects quite clearer than I did before the surgery. I need glasses for reading and close-up stuff-not a big deal, I expected that. What I didn't expect, was that I still need distance glasses for shooting. I noticed the distance eyesight was not what I had expected for shooting without glasses. So I had Frank Rively give me an exam, he was very surprised that the distance eyesight was as bad as it was following the surgery. So I got corrective lenses for shooting, it has improved my vision considerably. I don't know if it's a situation where you have to go thru a period of time to allow the new implants, and glasses to get accustomed to your brain also or whatever, but I still have days where I'm not shooting good due to vision. I still would have done it again, and I'm glad I didn't wait because my vision is still better than
    it was before the surgery.
    Good luck with yours.
     
  14. BigM-Perazzi

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    Sounds like you either didn't get the correct script implant.
     
  15. puablo

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    That was Frank's thoughts too. I have a stigmatism in right eye, maybe that made it harder to get right. Like I said, it's a whole lot better than it was before surgery, but not quite right yet for shooting.
     
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    Please don't be frightened. It is absolutely nothing to fear. If you must think about it, think of how well you will be able to see afterwards!

    ps There is NO pain or discomfort during or after the procedure. The only pain you feel is the apprehesion that you are needlessly puting yourself through. Good luck and have a rapid and complete recovery.
     
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    Not everyone is complication free. I had complications because I was alergic to the preservaties in the meds givin after the surgery. The doc that did my second eye gave me special meds that did not have preservaties. Even though I had complications the final outcome was a success and I would do it again if needed. About 1% have complications and I was one of those.

    My final distance vision came out to be 20/25 however I have 20/15 with RX glasses. My vision was never that good before in my life. Most folks would not bother with distance glasses with 20/25 but I want the best vision possible.

    Most cataract surgery is done after the patient complains of vision problems. Doc's put it off as long as possible. The patient has the last word on when it is done. If your cataracts are bothering you, then tell the doc you want it done.
     
  18. OldFalGuy

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    Good luck to you-
    I happened to be in a doctors office when a eye doctor was giving a chat/talk about folding implants which in addition to fixing cataracts a large % of folks ended their need for readers too.
    I don't have cataracts.....yet
    I am going to look into it a lot further but it would be nice to go back 15 years-
    Can drive and still shoot without an RX though I do have RX glasses which do make driving a bit sharper and in 4 years I might not pass my eye test for a driver's license renewal.
     
  19. JLSO5

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    I had both eyes done last Nov. and Dec. the first eye came out 20/20 and the 2nd. eye came out 20/15 for about 2 weeks. Then I got a very slight film over it and now it is 20/25 with the film. The Dr. wants to leave as is but the film is worse than the cataract was.
    I am going to do something for the film I hope.
     
  20. JLSO5

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    I had both eyes done last Nov. and Dec. the first eye came out 20/20 and the 2nd. eye came out 20/15 for about 2 weeks. Then I got a very slight film over it and now it is 20/25 with the film. The Dr. wants to leave as is but the film is worse than the cataract was.
    I am going to do something for the film I hope.
     
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