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O/T - Had cataract surgery today

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  1. GBatch_25

    GBatch_25 Active Member

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    I had cataract removal /lens replacement surgery today on my left eye. I had my right eye done 13 years ago and had forgotten how this all goes. My recollection of the 1999 procedure is that I was put to sleep. Not so for this one - I was awake throughout the whole thing. Frankly, I'd prefer to be asleep.

    The Dr took a little longer than he'd have liked because the cataract was very dense. My Dr is very experienced doing these (> 30,000 procedures). Tonight, my eye looks like I was in a fight, it's watering a little, some dull pain and vision is very blurry.

    After I got home, I fell asleep for over an hour. About 5:30 my cell phone rang but I didn't answer it because I didn't recognize the number. Turns out it was my eye surgeon - NOT a nurse - but the Dr himself. He left a voice mail saying he just wanted to see how I was doing. When I see him tomorrow, I'll tell him how impressive that is these days.

    After the surgery, the Dr said all went well so I hope this helps me improve my shooting next Spring. I'll ask the Dr. when I can shoot again, but am not real concerned - the weather here is changing by the day and getting too cold for me to be on the trap line.

    Gene in Illinois
     
  2. JACK

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    God Bless you Gene.
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

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    Glad it's turning out well and thanks for posting that. My wife is facing cataract surgery and she's only 52. Dunno if she will be awake or not for it. I'd have to be asleep. I get paranoid about anything getting near my eyes. Don't know how she feels, we didn't know this could be done while you are awake.

    And yeah, it's rare for a doctor to do that. My late father-in-law always called or visited his patients to follow up.
     
  4. GBatch_25

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    Brian:
    If your wife has a choice, I'd prefer the 'asleep' method.

    I'm not claustrophobic but I have to say that today I felt as though I was. I had a few moments when I wanted to say "Stop" - time for a break.

    Gene in Illinois
     
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    Glad you got through it Gene...hoping you have the best possible results for getting back out on the trapfield!!
     
  6. crusha

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    I agree...I don't know that I'd want to be all the way under, but if I know what's going on in detail, then that's "too much information" for me.


    I think I'd rather watch myself be cut open than what you had done.
     
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    You will be amazed at how sharp the colors will be tomorrow
     
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    Good news Gene, had both eyes done this last summer the recovery time is quick glad it went well for you.
     
  9. 635 G

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    My wife had it last Tues., take your drops as directed, its a pussy cat-you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    Good Luck

    Phil Berkowitz
     
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    For anyone interested there's a u-tube that shows every step. Glad I watched it AFTER I had it done.

    Bill
     
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    Best Wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
  12. GBatch_25

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    Saw the Dr today for the post-op check. He told me that on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the densest, most vision impairing), my cataract was a 10+. That's why he was 'in there' rummaging around for so long, for which he apologized.

    All looked OK, he said. Vision in the eye is still blurry but will get better each day. Reason for the blurriness is that the cornea's cells are swollen from the surgery. As they heal, the vision gets better.

    The lens is a standard plano implant.

    Another check in 2 weeks.

    Thx for all the well wishes.


    Gene in Illinois
     
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    Glad to hear you are doing well. How do you decide which lens to get? HMB
     
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    Be very religious about the drops, at this stage an infection wdould be a disaster.

    I wore the shades for a day or 2 and avoided bright lighting for a week. Went back to shooting in 2 weeks.

    Fantastic. No more teeny targets shrunk up by the minus correction i had for myopia for 50 years.

    HM
     
  15. Sky Buster

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    I had my left eye done last year. I was under during the procedure.
    Never felt a thing and was back shooting 7 days later. I see the
    target much better now.
     
  16. OldPshtr

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    Had both of mine done few years ago. Plano lens and glad I chose
    them. Know folks who had the variable and have not been too
    successful. My eye doctor said plano best if want to see detail.
    Use reading glasses for close small reading. Targets lot sharper -
    can almost see the groves.

    Doyal
     
  17. shot410ga

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    I've had both my eyes done in the last few weeks. Truly an amazing difference in clarity and color. I though my big screen TV (57") was going bad before I had the surgery. Now, well it's so clear, and the colors---WOW, I won't be buying another for a long while.
     
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    Best I ever had done. You will love it.
     
  19. GBatch_25

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    I had a plano lens put in for a reason.

    I have NO central vision in my left eye (the one operated on). Been this way since birth. Peripheral vision is all I have ever had in the left eye and I have learned to adapt. Fortunately I am right handed and right eye dominant. Any kind of corrective lens in the left eye would be largely useless.

    Lack of central vision plays havoc with depth perception and my golf game suffered accordingly. Fortunately, I have, over time, learned to adapt to shooting trap, effectively with one eye.

    Vision is still blurry today, but no worries. All that 'rummaging' caused the cornea cells to swell up and they will heal over time.

    Yes, I am taking the drops as directed.

    Gene in Illinois
     
  20. DB Bill

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    Gene - like you I have only a bit of peripheral vision in my left eye -- actually only the far left side and the top left corner -- just enough to screw up high 2 on the skeet fields.

    I'll be having my done after the 1st of the year and I can't wait.
     
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