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For those of you who have had cataract surgery, how long did you wait after the procedure before you went back to shooting? Also, I understand that it takes some time before your vision settles down after surgery. How long did it take for your vision to stabilize? Thanks. J.G.Sayle
 

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J.G., I just got my left eye done yesterday...went to the docs today for post-op check-up, everything progressing just fine, thank God. He said I could start back moderate excercise, like walking today, just no lifting or weights for awhile. I go for 1 week follow-up next Friday, then I will ask him about shooting. I'm getting the master eye done in 3 weeks. Hopefully everything will be all straighted out for opening day of the deer season. There was no pain whatsoever to the operation, which took about 10 minutes. The prep time was a longer period of time. Good luck to you. Jeff
 

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I got the news 1 year ago that I was developing cataracts in both eyes. I had another exam 6 months ago and my vision was 20/25 both eyes and yesterday it was 20/50 in both eyes. I am having one eye done 2 days after the SC national and the other 1 month later.
Please keep us posted.
 

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I have had both done, the last one in January... I waited 30 days on Dr's request and for vision to stabilize... best 12 minute surgery ever...
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One week. All is well, I see the targets much better but my scores are down. I am crossfiring more than ever. JRM
 

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It was 2 weeks for me. Doc says they want time for the lens to seat, too soon and it may move in the eyeball which wold be a PITA.

Follow the eyedrop installations to the letter, you do not want any complications.

If you are a shooter (of course, you are) do NOT go for the guff about one eye focused for near vision and one for far. You will need a few pairs of dollar store reading glasses to leave laying around the hose and in the car. My vision was found to need +2, YMMV. Popular fixes (tape spot, blinder, etc) will fix dominance issues if there are any.

If you are working wear your eye protection. I was amazed at how much dirt and grit my glasses had been shielding me from all those years(I worked above cielings in stores a lot). I had previously been nearsighted and had glasses all those years.

If you shoot in bright sunlight with snow on the ground, get a pair of 5 dollar Berkely fishing glasses at Wally world. I lost a couple good scores till I caught on to that.

Your collection of old eyeglasses might be useful to the Lions club, they re-distribute them to folks who need them.

Good luck and enjoy.

HM
 

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What brand lens are you guys getting put in and why? Crystal or flexible, silicone or methacrylate? I know no trap shooter is going to want the bifocal lens, but there are several brands and I'm trying to decide. I am very sensitive to Chromatic Aberration so that may make the difference. A lot of the Docs only use a flexible lens to be implanted through a small incision, but will that distort more than a trap shooter will want? The presence of the UV absorber in the optical material significantly affects its dispersive properties and I may notice it. Obviously, we all want the best corrected distance visual acuity and contrast sensitivity we can get. These are just some questions I've had, any eye Docs out there? AJ
 

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I had both eyes done in 08. At the time I had the multifocal len put in. These lens are made so you don't need to wear glasses (BUT), the drawback to these lens is that you will see haloes around every bright light and any thing that reflexs light like street signs and such. My doctor told me that if I were a pilot of truck driver that he would not put them in. It has taked me about a year to get use to them and times I wish I had gotten the standard lens. Just my two cents. Bill
 

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My right eye was done in 1985 and left eye in 1986. I had a patch on the eye for about a week and had the stitches taken out after two weeks. The doctor said not to lift anything heavy or do anything strenuos until after the stitches were taken out. With the advances in the past 25 years that is probably the most conservative approach today.
 

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My Dr. told me about all the options and I told him I wanted to see the best I could at distance and I could wear reading glasses if needed. He said good because you can't have it both ways you give a little each way. I asked him about the extra cost specialty lens and he said let me pick the lens now that I know what you want and you will be happy.
Now it is just wait and SEE.
 

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You bring up a great topic. As we shooters age many people develop cataracts. They come on very slowly so we tend not to notice the vision changes.
Had mine done in 2004, one eye on Dec. 7 and the other Dec. 21. Used eye drops as told, no problem what so ever. Went back to shooting about 3 weeks after second eye was done. Your sight may actually continue to improve for some time. This is due to the fact, that when you had the cataract, your eye changed shape in an attempt to imporove your vision. After the cataract is removed, your eye will slowly go back to it's original shape, thus improvong vision. One thing I have noticed. I see targets better in sunny conditions by using polorized sun glasses and plain uncolored ones at night. My doctor attributes this to the fact I am seeing through clear lenses and percieve colors differntly now that the cataracts are gone.
Good luck and break em all.
 

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I had my second eye (master eye)done on 1 Sept (wed). Asked Dr about shooting during follow up on Thur. He said why not? Note: I am using a PFS stock so recoil is minium.They implanted a flexible lens thru a small incesion, no stiches. The end results are terrific--I have shot myself up to AA class from a B average, based on the last 500. Yes, I see the target better and clearer.Incidently, the first implant corrected astigmatism in my off eye.I will be in Ft Worth this weekend to show how good it is; I hope!!
Now if they only had a fix for my hearing ????????????
 

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Heh??? What did ya say??? Ears are rough too. Can't say enough about the cataract surgery. Have a first week check-up this Friday...had the non-master eye done first. My sight is much better in that eye already. Looking forward to getting the main eye done in about 3 weeks. puablo
 

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How long is it before your vision is stable? Does it get as good as it will be in 3 or 4 weeks or is it months?
 

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I've worn glasses since I was 12-had left eye done and now see 20/20-no glasses except for reading [I'm 70] & to perga1 I also have trouble now from the 27. I think that I see the target quicker and clearer than ever and its causing me to "Jump" at them--not at all smooth. Got a tip that some of the big dogs teach one to close your eyes and holler pull-then open. Seems to me that could lead to focusing problems and even worse jumping, but I am ready to try anything. I am also the guy that thought flinching could be cured by having a lighter trigger pull--wrong again! Anyone got any thoughts on what I can try???
Willie
 
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