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Posted By: Trav

Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:40 AM

Guys, my post are getting worse by the day, I need both of my eyes operated on which will happen in July. I have allergy induced asthma and until I got on this Xolair medicine I used steroids for about a year and a half in large amounts and it gave me cataracts and some other damage.

Thankfully they will be replacing the lens in both eyes in two appointments two weeks apart. I have a hard time reading and seeing the keyboard and driving is out till then, I only see a little with the left eye the other is clouded totally. Until then please bare with me.
Posted By: SatinSilver

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:44 AM

When in July? Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Good thing you're a tough German. thumbsup thumbsup
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:45 AM

Good luck. Cataract surgery is a day operation so you will be in and out prettty quickly.

Heal quickly and come back when you are ready.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:47 AM

Trav,
I'm really sorry to hear that.

My mother had both done (like you but 4 weeks apart) last year and hasn't looked back.
Posted By: Billbert

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:48 AM

I am in between having cataract surgery in both eyes. It has gone pretty well, although I had some minor complications in my first eye due to radial keratatomy 30 plus years ago. it's a pretty easy surgery with a pretty fast recovery. God luck
Posted By: Trav

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:48 AM

Not going anywhere, but my post will probably be missing letters and numbers and god knows what else.

Edit: They will do the right eye on the 9 July and the left on the 23 July.
Posted By: PurpleT

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:52 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and until then know that your friends here on BITOG will be thinking of you.
Posted By: gathermewool

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:53 AM

Ill try to look the other way if you make a spectacle of yourself.

A month isnt very long to wait. This time two months from now itll seem like nothing but a blur.
Posted By: Warstud

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:54 AM

I hope the surgery goes well.
Posted By: Quattro Pete

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:57 AM

Speedy recovery!
Posted By: Y_K

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:58 AM

Best wishes. It's an 11 minute per eye surgery. I hope the steroid induced damage is limited.
Good luck!
Posted By: Blkstanger

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:13 AM

Both my Wife and 2 co-workers have had both eyes done. They can all see much better. My Wife was legally blind up until 1996 when She had her eye surgery. It was experimental back then. Her problem was dislocated lenses but it is the same surgery to fix.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:17 AM

Cataract surgery isn't all that new...

Monet had them out nearly 100 years ago, and they weren't new then.
Posted By: tig1

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:36 AM

Certainly hope all goes well.
Posted By: JLTD

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:38 AM

Enjoy your new eyes! A boss of mine had dual lens replacement - quick recovery and almost immediate vision improvement. He was 60-something and didn't need reading glasses....weather the storm and you should be back in business quickly!
Posted By: spasm3

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:47 AM

Will send a prayer, and i hope all goes well. I'll be thinking about you. Let us know how everything goes.

Bryan
Posted By: Oil_Flunky

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:50 AM

I hope things go well for you.
Posted By: 229

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:52 AM

Get well soon.
Posted By: pandus13

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:56 AM

TRAV

Alles wird gut, mein Freund

All the best and a quick recovery
Posted By: Bud

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:03 AM

I am having both eyes done this summer also. Speedy recovery to you. Sister had hers done about six months ago and said the improvement in her vision was great.
Posted By: ZeeOSix

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:16 AM

Cataract surgery is pretty standard these days, so hope it's a breeze and everything comes out good.
Posted By: Garak

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:18 AM

Do take care Trav, and your eyes will be as good as new before you know it. The worst part will be the waiting until then.
Posted By: JC1

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:24 AM

Trav,

Take care of yourself and get well soon. I'm not the religious type, but I'll say a prayer for you. You're a class act and have helped me a few times.
Posted By: maverickfhs

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:59 AM

Trav, take care man and heal quickly.

You are an asset to this forum and in general thumbsup
Posted By: IndyIan

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 03:06 AM

Good luck with the surgery, you'll be back behind the wheel in no time!
Posted By: spackard

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 03:50 AM

Good luck. I just finished with my 2nd. Having some complications, but it's better than it was prior to the operation. Some of the vitreous gel is anterior of the retina, fibers are intertwined and I'm getting some clouding of vision. But, I get 20/16 distance on the eye chart.
Posted By: Lolvoguy

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 04:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Shannow

My mother had both done (like you but 4 weeks apart) last year and hasn't looked back.

LOL
Posted By: carviewsonic

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 04:49 AM

Best wishes Trav,

My parents (in their late 70's) have each had both eyes done in the last year. No issues to report and they are very pleased with their good vision.
Posted By: daves87rs

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 05:15 AM

Hoping for s speedy recovery my friend!
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 05:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy
Originally Posted By: Shannow

My mother had both done (like you but 4 weeks apart) last year and hasn't looked back.

LOL


Groan...sorry for that guys.
Posted By: dlundblad

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 09:25 AM

Take care Trav.
Posted By: demarpaint

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 09:51 AM

Best wishes buddy! I know you'll be just fine! My father had his second eye procedure done Tuesday and is doing great.
Posted By: supton

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 11:37 AM

Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
Posted By: LoneRanger

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 11:40 AM

I have an IOL in my left eye, Hey one IMPORTANT THING !! Find out if they are planning to put in one of the yellow tinted lens that filters the blue band of UV light or if they are putting in a clear one. I highly recommend a clear one. This is because they put a yellow tinted one in my eye without asking and I didn't even know there was such a thing as IOL's that filter blue UV light. It's not a real big deal, but I'm just perfectionist enough that I do notice a very slight difference in colors left eye vs right (right still has factory installed lens from when I was being built in the womb).

Here's links about it:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296774/

https://www.aao.org/eyenet/article/back-forth-controversy-on-blue-filtering-iols

https://www.healio.com/ophthalmology/news/online/%7B122b9646-f01c-4d51-bf2e-6c0432c5a1e0%7D/blue-light-filtering-iols-advantages-vs-disadvantages
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 11:44 AM

The yellow tint is supposed to knock out some of the high violet end that you get if there's no lens.

http://www.skepticalartist.com/2013/06/2...uv-supervision/
Posted By: Smoky14

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 11:52 AM

Good luck my friend, I wish you well.

Smoky
Posted By: GSCJR

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 11:55 AM

Good luck Trav!
Posted By: Sayjac

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:17 PM

Best wishes for successful outcome and speedy recovery.
Posted By: Cujet

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:40 PM

There are some very interesting lens options. I have no idea which one is best, but I suspect I would prefer a non flexible, non focusing lens, water-clear, and no UV block. As I understand it, the flexible lenses have are not pupil sized in low light (when the pupil can be as large as 7mm) and do not provide good focus in lower light conditions. Or rather the focus may be good, but the image is less than excellent as both focused and non focused image reaches the retina.

I know someone (an older guy) who has the Crystalens equivalent in both eyes. He is a semi professional observational astronomer and photographer and he is thrilled with his clear vision. He claims that it's sharper than ever, and remains excellent when the pupil is at it's largest. He does however, have to use reading glasses to focus up close.

Here is a very interesting website: http://www.komar.org/faq/colorado-cataract-surgery-crystalens/ultra-violet-color-glow/

My suggestion is to pick the lens that fits your needs, and to fully understand the shortcomings of each.

Posted By: cjcride

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 12:59 PM

Get Well Soon
Posted By: Astro14

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:06 PM

I'm sorry to hear of your challenges, Trav and hope that the surgery goes well.
Posted By: Donald

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 01:38 PM

These days there is a wide range of available lenses avaliable for cataract surgery. Of course many at extra cost. But your evesight should be top notch after the surgery.
Posted By: supton

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Shannow
Cataract surgery isn't all that new...

Monet had them out nearly 100 years ago, and they weren't new then.


I have to wonder, just what did they do 100 years ago? removed the lens, and ...?
Posted By: Shannow

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:41 PM

Originally Posted By: supton
Originally Posted By: Shannow
Cataract surgery isn't all that new...

Monet had them out nearly 100 years ago, and they weren't new then.


I have to wonder, just what did they do 100 years ago? removed the lens, and ...?


And left it.
It amazes me that they could do that with some precision (remove the lens, and a bit of the iris) all the infection risks (Hollowes foundation reckon they can do it for less than $20 in the third world today).

Provided glasses to provide close and distant work...and there's records of post cataract removals having decent accomodation post op.

My supposition here...only artists could afford the costs/risks 100 years ago, while Nana knitted mostly blind by feel
Posted By: supton

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 02:57 PM

I'm amazed too. Well, 100 years ago they did have pain killers, and knew how to use 'em--I put the tiniest scratch into my eye a few years ago, and I've never had quite so much pain before. But still. I'm rather impressed.

I think I have a good decade to go before I need mine removed. I have the start of one in one eye, and my father had his removed while he was in his 50's (I think his mother did in her 50's also). They also had bad teeth, so I know to not have any fancy dental work done either.

I'm sad how fast my vision seems to be changing in my 40's. Stuff just isn't quite in focus like it used to be. :sigh: But I can still see things guys 10 years younger need a microscope, I just need more light than I used to.
Posted By: Trav

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 03:07 PM

Thanks guys, your the best! I have an appointment on the 20 June with a specialist who is going to do the measurements for the lens and he will go into the details of what he thinks will be the best thing for me.
Of course the final decision is mine but he has a good reputation and highly regarded. I am not really worried about it, it is worse living with it and waiting.
Posted By: LoneRanger

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 05:16 PM

If the Crystal Lens type IOL which Cujet mentioned is close to the size of the natural biologic lens, I would encourage you and your Surgeon discuss that option especially if you have been badly myopic in your vision. Here's why: Myopia generally brings with it elongated egg shape eyeballs instead of the more rounded form that is the norm for non-myopic vision. Egg or oval shaped eyeballs can be more prone to retinal detachment particularly from middle age and older due to the vitreous liquifying which usually begins in middle age. When the vitreous liquefies it doesn't always do so uniformly and part of it can tug on the retina. What I am getting at is the smaller IOL's (smaller than the natural lens that is removed) can open up "wiggle room" for the vitreous to move around a slight bit more and if you have vitreous liquification going on (unavoidable with age) then the extra wiggle room can increase the risk of retinal detachment. I know because that happened to me after cataract surgery. Aug 22 2016 I had the small standard type IOL put in, October 21st I had retinal detachment. I'd posted here on bitog about it back then.
Posted By: Trav

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 05:40 PM

The ones being discussed are multi focal so I guess they are special made. I have astigmatism in both eyes and need something more than just the standard, they say these correct near, intermediate and far.
Honestly at this point anything is better than looking through frosted windows and using dragon soft.
Posted By: LoneRanger

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 08:08 PM

The difference after the new IOL's are in will blow your socks off. You're going to be seeing like you did when you were 25 yrs old again.
Posted By: sleddriver

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 08:27 PM

Sorry to hear of your fading eyesight Trav. My best for a speedy recovery.
Posted By: Oldmoparguy1

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 08:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Trav
Not going anywhere, but my post will probably be missing letters and numbers and god knows what else.

Edit: They will do the right eye on the 9 July and the left on the 23 July.

Best wishes Trav. I had both eyes done in 2014. Piece of cake for me. I now have better vision now then I had as a small child.
Posted By: Oldmoparguy1

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 09:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Trav
The ones being discussed are multi focal so I guess they are special made. I have astigmatism in both eyes and need something more than just the standard, they say these correct near, intermediate and far.
Honestly at this point anything is better than looking through frosted windows and using dragon soft.

Really. multi focal. Never heard of that. I'll have to ask my dr. when I get my next checkup.

My eyes were so bad, near sighted in my left eye and far sighted in my right. Much astigmatism in both eyes. I now have perfect vision from about the tip of my fingers out to the horizon. 20/15 in my left eye and 20/20 in my right. I use a 1.75 reader for most close up stuff. $6 off the rack at Dollar General.
thumbsup
Posted By: 53' Stude

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 09:40 PM

Trav: prayers sent for successful operation and speedy recovery sir smile
Posted By: Trav

Re: Eye Problems - 06/08/18 10:27 PM

Yep, they are called Multifocal Vision.
Posted By: Cujet

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Trav
The ones being discussed are multi focal so I guess they are special made. I have astigmatism in both eyes and need something more than just the standard, they say these correct near, intermediate and far.
Honestly at this point anything is better than looking through frosted windows and using dragon soft.


You might want to try multifocal contact lenses first, just to see if you can tolerate the multifocal aspect of the implanted lens.

I've tried multifocal contacts and they are downright infuriating to me, they claim your brain adjusts. Baloney, you simply get used to less than ideal vision and less than perfect focus at any distance, over time. They are useless while driving at night, The stars are not sharp, light points such as headlights create flare patterns, and the FAA specifically disallows them for pilots . They currently use concentric lens rings, each with a different focus distance. I believe that most multifocal cataract lenses are made this way too.

If I were to choose, I'd choose a water clear, conventional lens that corrects my distance vision to perfect. Then wear appropriate reading glasses for the near vision I desire. Clarity and sharpness is very important to me. I'm sorry you are having trouble, but it's very likely you will have amazing vision when it's over. What ever you choose, make sure you understand exactly what you are choosing.

https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/multifocal-iols.htm





The pictures above show how the lens is focused. Could you imagine using a camera lens like this? I will say that some people really like the multifocal lenses, and are thrilled with the results, AND fewer need glasses. Remember, my needs and wants will differ from yours.

http://www.cochrane.org/CD003169/EYES_mu...ataract-surgery
Posted By: Trav

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 12:28 PM

Thanks, I will talk to him about that.
Posted By: Number_35

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 02:02 PM

Trav, best wishes to you! You'll be in my prayers, and I'll try not to mess up too many mechanical projects while you're laid up. smile

As others have said, this is now pretty routine surgery, and you'll be very pleased with the outcome.
Posted By: Uphill_Both_Ways

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 02:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Shannow
Cataract surgery isn't all that new...

Monet had them out nearly 100 years ago, and they weren't new then.

It goes back quite a ways, perhaps to the ancient Egyptians, according to this:
http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/42710/InTech-The_history_of_cataract_surgery.pdf
More certain is this (yikes!) from the same article:
Quote:
The lens could be removed by suction through a hollow instrument. Bronze oral suction instruments that have been unearthed seem to have been used for this method of cataract extraction during the 2nd century A.C. Such a procedure was described by the 10th-century Persian physician Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, who attributed it to Antyllus, a 2nd-century Greek physician. The procedure "required a large incision in the eye, a hollow needle, and an assistant with an extraordinary lung capacity" (Savage-Smith, 2000).


Silver Blaze is a Sherlock Holmes story written in 1894.
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/40/the-memoirs-of-sherlock-holmes/573/adventure-1-silver-blaze/
Quote:
This is a very singular knife, said Holmes, lifting it up and examining it minutely. I presume, as I see blood-stains upon it, that it is the one which was found in the dead mans grasp. Watson, this knife is surely in your line?

It is what we call a cataract knife, said I.

I thought so. A very delicate blade devised for very delicate work. A strange thing for a man to carry with him upon a rough expedition, especially as it would not shut in his pocket.

So it's safe to say they've had lots of practice.
Posted By: Eddie

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 03:01 PM

I had Cataract surgery in both eyes about 5 years ago and now seeing is great. The lens replacement takes about 10 minutes per eye. Eyes done a week apart. The only discomfort was everything was so bright with the new lenses that the brain has to readjust over several days after. You will love your new eye lenses. Ed
Posted By: andyd

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 04:47 PM

Hoping for you Trav. Thank you fellow BITOG'ers for your input. My eye guy of late noticed a cataract in my left eye. Not bad yet. I've got questions for him now and some research to do.
Posted By: SatinSilver

Re: Eye Problems - 06/09/18 04:56 PM

A few days ago I bought some Ginkgo Biloba. One of the benefits is for eye health:

https://draxe.com/ginkgo-biloba-benefits/

^ Around number 5.
Posted By: berniedd

Re: Eye Problems - 06/10/18 04:56 PM

I had cataract surgery (both eyes, done 3 weeks apart) last year. My daughter kept egging me to get the multifocal intraocular lenses but I eventually decided to go for the monofocal type because of too much risk of glare and halos from oncoming headlights when driving at night. Oh yeah, the lenses were of the Toric type as, like you, I had a lot of astigmatism. I had a very good ophthalmologist, as he asked whether I wanted the final result to have a focus for far or near (reading) distances. (Lens implants are not living tissue and do not flex to change focus or accommodation.) In the end, he put in a lens for distance vision in my right eye, and a lens for near vision in my left eye. So I use my left eye for reading a newspaper or book, and the right eye for watching TV or driving. Needless to say, I am very happy with the results.
Posted By: Warstud

Re: Eye Problems - 06/10/18 05:13 PM

Originally Posted By: berniedd
So I use my left eye for reading a newspaper or book, and the right eye for watching TV or driving. Needless to say, I am very happy with the results.

Seriously ? crzy
Posted By: ZeeOSix

Re: Eye Problems - 06/10/18 06:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Warstud
Originally Posted By: berniedd
So I use my left eye for reading a newspaper or book, and the right eye for watching TV or driving. Needless to say, I am very happy with the results.

Seriously ? crzy


It's a pretty common thing done with lasik surgery, or even with contact lenses.
Posted By: spackard

Re: Eye Problems - 06/10/18 11:58 PM

Yeah, I don't understand the half-and-half either. I went for distance in both eyes. I asked the optometrist what he'd go for, he said both near.
Posted By: ZeeOSix

Re: Eye Problems - 06/11/18 12:11 AM

Originally Posted By: spackard
Yeah, I don't understand the half-and-half either. I went for distance in both eyes. I asked the optometrist what he'd go for, he said both near.


It works for some people as a way to have both good far and near sightedness without any kind of corrective glasses. If someone gets Lasik in both eyes for far sightedness, then most likely they will need reading glasses for good close up vision.
Posted By: supton

Re: Eye Problems - 06/11/18 12:31 PM

I get the premise of one eye for distance, one for proximity, but after a lifetime of near sightedness I don't think I could adjust to that. Plus I have allergies (grass, pollen, who knows what else), and some mornings one eye takes a few hours to focus properly. Or it's just prone to eye gunk. To each their own, but when it happens to me I'll likely go monovision. I might prefer nearsightedness again, it'd be very weird to be able to see distance without glasses--but to need glasses to see what was in my hands?
Posted By: eight88

Re: Eye Problems - 06/17/18 03:18 PM

Trav,
As you may know, cataract surgery is one of the most, if not THE most, common surgical procedures done in the US. Much has been improved and streamlined with cataract surgery and implants over the years, so that it has almost become assembly line surgery.
I'd suggest that you follow pre and post operative instructions as well as possible, and should anything out of the expected normal during the post op period occur, which is quite unlikely to happen, you notify your ophthalmologist's office immediately.
Choosing between the single vision lens implant and multi-focal lens implant might be your most difficult decision to make. It might be worth the while to have a private discussion with your eye care provider, not necessarily the cataract surgeon, what they advise and what, if any, good experiences, or complaints they have heard over the years from patients who have undergone the procedure.
Best of luck to you, and I'll be rooting for you as well.
Posted By: Cujet

Re: Eye Problems - 06/18/18 03:10 PM

Keep us up to date please. Looking forward to hearing what you choose and what your results are.
Posted By: vavavroom

Re: Eye Problems - 07/03/18 07:33 PM

Good luck with the lens replacement surgery, Trav. My dad has to have it also done. He's not the kind of person to ask his doctors a whole lot of questions. His surgeon wants to use a single focus Alcon lens with UV filter. With the eye corrected for far vision, which is what he wants, I wonder what will be the closest distance at which he will not require glasses. Does anybody know from experience? For example, when driving, will he be able to read the gauges and the radio controls with vision corrected for far vision and a single focus lens? They did tell him that for reading he will definitely need reading glasses. He is not worried, but I am. Comments might be helpful.
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