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Posted on 05/17/2012 9:01:23 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
I take 2 medications known to aggravate cataracts and Glaucoma. The cataracts are becoming a major problem.
I got checked out this morning, no Glaucoma, no macular degeneration and the cataracts can be eliminated.
I've been sweating this one out for a while.
Surgery on the right eye May 29th, June 19 for the left.
I am so sorry to hear about your surgery, Swampy! Prayers are with you and good thoughts/wishes coming your way. Hugs, Mom
All the best to you!
I’m in line next year....
I know so many people who have had this “procedure.” All of them came through very easily - and they left their glasses behind!! So don’t worry - be happy that your vision will be wonderfully improved.
Prayers for you and hope that all goes well. Please post one of your wonderful pictures to cheer us up.
Cataract surgery isn't a big deal, I'm just thankful I don't have any of the major problems.
I had cataract surgery a couple of years ago. One eye then the other a week apart. It was a piece of cake, no problem at all.
After the surgery I was surprised how bright and clear everything was. I honestly did not know my eyesight had deteriorated. One eye is now 20/15 and the other 20/20.
Best of luck to you. One of the top Freepers.
What kind of IOLs are you getting?
Good luck on the surgery. I've had my share of eye surgeries, too (thyroid related).
Mine was considered severe, so the longer you go, the more it takes to get rid of it.
He will use a medication to freeze your eye muscles in place and another medication to keep your eyelids open, so don't worry about that part. He has a head and neck brace to keep your head still and they'll tether your hands.
If you've ever had difficulty with any anesthetic of any kind he will be happy to have you tell him about it before he begins.
I had Versed for the right eye, but just a topical for the left. The surgery takes maybe 10 minutes ~ unless something goes wrong! Versed will make you less upset in that case. Subjective time is about 8 hours of course!
I don’t have a clue. I’ll leave that up to the doctor.
The implants are incredible. Your eyesight will be as good as when you were a kid.
Keep us updated Swampy. I have mac in both eyes (worse in right eye) and cataracts forming in both (worse in right eye ... I guess I’m too far right, eh?).
Our late, greatly missed Golden Retriever, Prior Lake Jake, developed a cataract when he was about four years old. Our vet informed us there was a dog opthamologist (in Edina, naturally.)
The doctor informed us that he could do surgery for $890 and we went ahead.
Jake came home a little woozy with a lamp shade around his neck but recovered completely and lived a long happy life in Prior Lake, MN.
I and perhaps many others around your age, would be interested in what drugs aggravate the condition. Since many of us around your age, are taking meds of various kinds. Tell the doc to be especially careful with your viewfinder eye.
I’ll still need glasses but I can live with that.
Now you’re going to get to see just how good your photos are and you’ll get all big-headed and start working for NatGeo or Audubon and won’t have time for us peasants.
(Seriously - Good Luck and let God guide the surgeon’s laser!)
A lady from the local group asked me how I got so close to critters. I told her I still hunted them like I was hungry!
Best of luck. My dad has the same issue, two surgeries next month.
Glad it wasn’t worse news.
You don’t need to wish me good luck - I’m not having the operation. I never said it “was a piece of cake.” But I’ll stick with my personal experiences - which are all positive - and not try to worry a fellow freeper.
I use both.
I had the procedure done on both eyes 13 years ago and it was a piece of cake. Each eye took about eight minutes and the doc did each eye a month apart. Still have the original acrylic implants and can even notice it. The only “hassle” is that you’ll need reading glass of different strengths, depending on what you’re doing. For working on the computer, I use a 1.5, for reading in a chair a 2.5 and for reading in bed a 3.25.
One of the best things I’ve ever done.
I don't want to stay indoors all the time.
I am so glad you had the procedure done and sounds like it was truly a success. Sounds like Swampy will be back to photographing those beautiful birds in no time!!
Versed has a nasty side effect found in a significant number of people ... it not only blocks short term memory, it can cause short term memory problems for a looooong time after the drug supposedly wears off. My brother had surgery years ago and the anesthesiologist used versed to mask the pain of being awakened mid surgery to check nerve stuff. The versed wiped out memories ayear old and made it very difficult for him to remember things like phone numbers, names, addresses, or such. And no he does not have ‘old timers’. It was the Versed.
“... Jake came home a little woozy with a lamp shade around his neck”.
Oh, dear me... you don’t think Swampsniper will have to wear a LAMP SHADE, do you?!! /s
You’ll be glad you did. I had it done and it was a very interesting experience, loads of waving colors in shades of pink. Two weeks later the other eye. My Dr put in lenses for reading, no glasses for driving as I’m far sighted. It is just great! Good luck.
In some people it can be stored in the body's fatty tissues and fed out slowly and can cause problems for years.
If you are 60 or over you'll want to make sure they give you no more than a 1/4 dose ~
Wish you the best success. Do you think you’ll be able to use iron sights after the procedure(s)?
Interesting as I had the cataract surgery for both eyes exactly ten years ago, and mine were done in May, and July as well.
My operations were at the Jerry Pettus VA Hospital at the Loma Linda University Hospital complex eye center. Great job they did. So thankful to be able to see again.
By the time of the scheduled operations my eyes had deteriorated to the point of being virtually blind as all I could see was the swirling colored mud, almost like peering through a kaleidoscope, and seeing the Orange, brown, black, and yellow swirl backlit by whatever light source there was wherever I was.
It’s an interesting operation in which you are awake the full time doing as the Dr. tells you to do, but you don’t feel a thing as they give you a shot prior to the operation the dulls everything.
I still required glasses for minor corrections, but could see, and that’s what it is all about.
You’ll be very happy when it’s all over, and the procedure is so common anymore it’s almost bullet proof, so NOT to worry.
Congrats on the no Glaucoma and no macular degeneration. Good luck with the cataracts surgery. Two guys in my office have had it with no problems.
I’m 69 and have had it done to both eyes, each time when I noticed visible deterioration of my vision. It’s a very simple procedure that takes about ten minutes in the operating room plus about an hour of preparation. The prep consists of administering a total knockout drug and injecting a strong local anesthetic into or near the eye that’s to be done. Then you spend about ten minutes in the OR watching lights while the surgery is performed. My outcome was great and my vision in each eye is better than before.
I haven’t been able to scratch my ears with my hind feet for decades!!
Thanks. Very interesting. Have a friend that told me just a few days ago that he has cataracts. He uses two different inhalers. His doc says he doesn’t quite need surgery yet.
Advair and Spiriva are common.
Only if he scratches his neck with his hind leg...
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You’ll come through this I’n even better shape sniper
Keep taking those pictures
Still you are I’n our prayers
Prayers up for a successful surgery and a full recovery.
“scratches his neck with his hind leg...”
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Prayers up for your surgery.
eI had cataracts so bad that I couldn’t read the street signage cause it was white lettering on a green background. The glare from sunlight was too much and the headlights at night gave off such pretty halos. I felt like I was walking around with a couple of white sheer curtains over my head. I wore glasses before the surgery and now have 20/15 in each eye.
The good thing is, we both just hit 65 and are now on Medicare with a Plan F supplemental, so it won't cost anything other than our regular monthly 'dues'.
I remember pleading with Mom...."How about just until I need glasses??"
HOPE YOU’VE NEVER TAKEN FLOMAX. Otherwise, having been through these hoops, my prayers are for your 100% recovery. Don’t expect perfection; it doesn’t necessarily happen. My cataract surgery produced less than perfect results, even from Emory University Hospital, but I am VERY thankful for the results, anyway.
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