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My doc wants to do cataract surgery with lens implant. Had LASIK last year and now looks like cataracts are the problem. Anyone been down this road?
 

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My buddy has both eyes done back when LASIK was in the early years - done by manually cutting the pupil. This year, both eyes were developing cataracts and the doc's had a bit more homework to do but everything came out great. He had 20/20 or better within two days after surgery and is very pleased.
 

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Just not real happy with mine,cataracts removed and inplants in both eyes,my rt. eye is cloudy at times they say it happens in about 30% . Doc says he can correct it with lazer but wants to wait and try some drops .
 

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I had Lasik , followed up with cataract surgery 5 years later. No problem--laser surgery all the way mono lens-both eyes

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It concerns me that it's been less than a year since LASIK and now he wants to do this.
There is no cost to me though.
 

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Had cataract surgery ... right eye in 2001, left eye in 2012. Right eye still required me to wear glasses and I was disappointed. Original Doctor set my right eye near sighted (so I could get up at night without my glasses). I never knew about that decision so I was never offered a choice. At the second cataract surgery they simply set it up fo 20/20 vision. I asked why was my other eye not at 20/20. They said I must have made that decision at the time. The first SOB set me up for life with my dominant eye requiring corrective lenses. I was super PO'ed. They immediately set me up for Lasik surgery to "tune up" that first eye surgery. Lasik went well. Had a check up last week and the tech asked me to read the lowest line I could on the card. After the last line of testing text. at the bottom of their Vision Card, was a trademark. I read it allowed "20/20" ! She turned off the machine and laughed out load. 20/20 still okay.

NOTICE: IF YOU ARE ANTICIPATING CATARACT SURGERY, MAKE DAMN CERTAIN YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT, AND NOT WHAT SOME DOCTOR THINKS YOU SHOULD HAVE.

Cheers, Dusty
 

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Cataracts can develop at different speeds, but if you are to the point of needing a lens implant now, I would think that a good exam 12 months ago would have seen the cataracts coming.

Dusty's point is well made. Too often the doctors do what they are familiar with, the way they like to do it. You have to be your own advocate. Do some research ahead of time. Be prepared to ask some very pointed, and perhaps borderline rude questions to make certain everyone is on the right page.
 

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This has been a very interesting thread for me. I had lasik about 15 years ago. Now, doc says I'm developing cataracts, albeit slowly. Some of this information may come in handy. Thanks, guys.
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I'm 72 with great vision for 71 years. Developed a cataract in rt eye. Had it removed and still could not see clearly. Went to a retina specialist and found I had early stage macular degeneration. Luckily in today's world it is controllable with shots in the eye. I've had 3 shots in my eye over the past 90 days and my vision is almost back to normal. Most important lesson here is to catch it early and select a GREAT doctor. Ray
 

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Fire the Dr., he wants no charge to cya-how old are you any dr. who does lasik past 55-should be castrated.

Same goes for the clown who did my Lasik.

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I've had the implants and just "wow"! What a world of difference. No need to fear at all. No pain, minimum upkeep (eye drops for a while) and then about 6 weeks later, have the second eye done.

I can't say enough about having them done.

Hauxfan!
 

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I'm certainly not an Opthalmologist but two different problems. One is lens opacification inside the eye. LASIK is done to correct problems on surface of the eye. Also, I am quite certain that I would not want both at the same time.

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Thanks for all the comments. My concern is that the Lasik did not get me to 20/20 and now the doc says its the cataracts. When Lasik was done 300 days ago he said the cataracts were normal for my age. Now that Lasik didn't do what we hoped it's a cataract problem. Thinking about another opinion. But he will ALMOST guarantee success with the implants.
 

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The doctor should have seen the cataracts when he did the preliminary eye exam. Should have talked it over with you about which to do first.
 

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I have had this done to both eyes, 2000 & 2003. A year after the cataract surgery, 2004, I had a reoccurence of the cataracts. A little lasic treatment cleared them up.
 
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