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self | May 17, 2012 | swampsniper

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.


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1 posted on 05/17/2012 9:01:26 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I am so sorry to hear about your surgery, Swampy! Prayers are with you and good thoughts/wishes coming your way. Hugs, Mom


2 posted on 05/17/2012 9:02:42 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

All the best to you!
I’m in line next year....


3 posted on 05/17/2012 9:04:51 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


4 posted on 05/17/2012 9:06:22 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Prayers for you and hope that all goes well. Please post one of your wonderful pictures to cheer us up.


5 posted on 05/17/2012 9:06:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: momtothree
Thanks!

Cataract surgery isn't a big deal, I'm just thankful I don't have any of the major problems.

6 posted on 05/17/2012 9:06:42 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


7 posted on 05/17/2012 9:07:36 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Best of luck to you. One of the top Freepers.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 9:07:54 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What kind of IOLs are you getting?


9 posted on 05/17/2012 9:07:54 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Is the surgery for cataracts? Are they putting in new lenses? Everyone I know who has had new lenses put in loves the result!

Good luck on the surgery. I've had my share of eye surgeries, too (thyroid related).

10 posted on 05/17/2012 9:09:01 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: miss marmelstein
I had a cataract removed last tuesday, and it was not a piece of cake.

Mine was considered severe, so the longer you go, the more it takes to get rid of it.

Good luck.

11 posted on 05/17/2012 9:09:00 AM PDT by oldtimer
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The opthamalogical surgeon has several ways he can deal with your cataracts ~ (1) with you under the influence of a sedative called Versed, or (2) with you wide awake with only a topical anesthetic to remove irritations.

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!

12 posted on 05/17/2012 9:10:06 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kirkwood

I don’t have a clue. I’ll leave that up to the doctor.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 9:10:24 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
My dad put off cataract surgery for years. Had one eye done. As soon as he realized how much better he could see, he had the other one done ASAP.

The implants are incredible. Your eyesight will be as good as when you were a kid.

14 posted on 05/17/2012 9:13:33 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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?).


15 posted on 05/17/2012 9:14:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: oldtimer

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.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 9:15:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 9:16:20 AM PDT by wita
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To: MHGinTN

I’ll still need glasses but I can live with that.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 9:17:27 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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!)


19 posted on 05/17/2012 9:17:54 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
Audubon won't even talk to me.

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!

20 posted on 05/17/2012 9:22:16 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Best of luck. My dad has the same issue, two surgeries next month.

Glad it wasn’t worse news.


21 posted on 05/17/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: oldtimer

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.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 9:23:57 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: wita
Advair and Spiriva both put you at risk.

I use both.

23 posted on 05/17/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: momtothree

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.


24 posted on 05/17/2012 9:25:12 AM PDT by cgchief
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I can't function at all in bright sunlight, the cataracts scatter the light all over the place. Can't see after dark either.

I don't want to stay indoors all the time.

25 posted on 05/17/2012 9:29:36 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: cgchief

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!!


26 posted on 05/17/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: muawiyah

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.


27 posted on 05/17/2012 9:31:53 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; SWAMPSNIPER

“... 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


28 posted on 05/17/2012 9:36:04 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


29 posted on 05/17/2012 9:37:03 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: MHGinTN
Yup ~ I lost the month of February to Versed once. And that was after the surgery.

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 ~

30 posted on 05/17/2012 9:37:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wish you the best success. Do you think you’ll be able to use iron sights after the procedure(s)?


31 posted on 05/17/2012 9:40:27 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
There are certain activities which my mother told me would cause blindness. Good thing medical science has advanced to the point it has. Cataract surgery is miraculous these days.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
32 posted on 05/17/2012 9:41:56 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


33 posted on 05/17/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 9:44:09 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: G Larry

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.


35 posted on 05/17/2012 9:44:17 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: momtothree

I haven’t been able to scratch my ears with my hind feet for decades!!


36 posted on 05/17/2012 9:47:03 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


37 posted on 05/17/2012 9:55:17 AM PDT by wita
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Advair and Spiriva are common.


38 posted on 05/17/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: momtothree

Only if he scratches his neck with his hind leg...


39 posted on 05/17/2012 10:06:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Good news. Take Care.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

40 posted on 05/17/2012 10:15:02 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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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


41 posted on 05/17/2012 10:19:53 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Prayers up for a successful surgery and a full recovery.


42 posted on 05/17/2012 10:29:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; SWAMPSNIPER

“scratches his neck with his hind leg...”

LOL!!


43 posted on 05/17/2012 10:30:27 AM PDT by momtothree
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Hey Swampy, don't sweat the cataract surgery, piece of cake.

If you currently wear glasses, check out this website on the kinds of new lenses that are being offered.

Suffering from bad eyesight that required glasses since I was 4 years old, I wasn't a candidate for lasik surgery due to my severe astigmatism. Instead I had the ReZoom lenses implanted about 8 years ago and I'm glasses free........they literally changed my life.

Here's the website of the Doctor who did the surgery.........

http://www.shanbomeyespecialist.com/IOLs.html

44 posted on 05/17/2012 10:31:32 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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I haven’t been able to scratch my ears with my hind feet for decades!!

LOL

Prayers up for your surgery.

45 posted on 05/17/2012 10:33:36 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (This space available--inquire within)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
You may discover that for some time your color vision has had a distinct yellowish cast. I thought my white painted walls had yellowed. You may want to get a good pair of sunglasses--the light may be dazzling after surgery, as I found.

I had the focusable Crystal Lens implants. I can read labels in the grocery store and pass my drivers license vision test without glasses now. I don't need glasses at all, ever, for computer use; I have an over-corrected prescription for driving to read signs at a distance; I use reading glasses for extended periods of reading.
46 posted on 05/17/2012 10:35:35 AM PDT by Nepeta
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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.


47 posted on 05/17/2012 10:44:54 AM PDT by Rapunzel (Run SARAH run)
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Our Opthalmologist advised wifey that hers have finally 'ripened' and that she should proceed, which is good news to her since she now refuses to drive after dark.

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'.

48 posted on 05/17/2012 10:45:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: outofsalt
There are certain activities which my mother told me would cause blindness

I remember pleading with Mom...."How about just until I need glasses??"

49 posted on 05/17/2012 10:49:01 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


50 posted on 05/17/2012 10:52:08 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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