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Title: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Greg on December 17, 2019, 06:48:03 AM
What a difference 10 minutes out of the day can make.  A couple weeks ago we went in for our annual eye exams and the doc advised me that my cataracts needed attention.  So Last Monday I went in and had the left eye done.  After things had settled down the next day, and I could see clearly again, I was amazed at how my vision had improved.  Things were brighter and the colors were much better.  White is now really white, while white with my right eye was an off white color.  Today I had the right eye done, so now I see pure white out of both eyes.  The right eye is still very dilated, but slowly improving.  The procedure only took 10 minutes for each eye.  The pre-op stuff took a lot longer than the surgery itself.  Now all I have to do to complete the process is to put drops in my eyes four times a day.  There are three different things, and I have no idea what each one is, but I assume itís to ensure that the eyes heal up properly and that the new lenses stay in.  I only need glasses for reading now.  Hot dog!!


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Expat47 on December 17, 2019, 09:13:59 AM
Congrats!!! I got a stay this year but I know it's coming.

BTW, those drops are
A) So_you_don't_go_blind
B) So_you_damn_sure_don't_go_blind
C) Really_USE_THE_@#$@#$@_DROPS!

Had an uncle that didn't follow the rules & we had to keep chasing his glass eye all over the house, yard, car, etc.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: CathyN on December 17, 2019, 02:12:14 PM
Glad it all worked out Greg.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Maggie on December 17, 2019, 02:24:53 PM
Awesome!!


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: crossbolt on December 17, 2019, 02:56:03 PM
Yeah!


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: minimac on December 17, 2019, 03:11:25 PM
I had a similar procedure(implants)done, but not because of cataracts. After over fifty years of barely having passable vision and having to wear glasses that were thicker than the bottom of Coke bottles, I was able to throw my glasses away. It's been over ten years and no issues. Much better results than having Lasik, and because it was considered a 'corrective' procedure, it was covered by my insurance


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: jdbrot on December 17, 2019, 03:31:32 PM
Enjoy your newly fixed vision!


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: redeye on December 17, 2019, 06:56:08 PM
I was amazed at how my vision had improved.

Congratulations on the greatly improved eyesight. Sounds like your process is similar to mine. Marginal but correctable visual acuity for years, and then cataracts make corrective procedures necessary.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Greg on December 17, 2019, 07:46:42 PM
Congrats!!! I got a stay this year but I know it's coming.

BTW, those drops are
A) So_you_don't_go_blind
B) So_you_damn_sure_don't_go_blind
C) Really_USE_THE_@#$@#$@_DROPS!

Had an uncle that didn't follow the rules & we had to keep chasing his glass eye all over the house, yard, car, etc.


Yup, I am being careful to put those drops in four times a day.  I don’t want to screw up anything now.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: sailingskier on December 18, 2019, 03:21:16 AM
Just think Greg ... now you will have to come back for another run at Peggy's Cove and really see the place.
I had no idea you may have seen the spray as ivory rather than white.  Just another excuse for a return visit.  Really glad the operations worked out so well.  :2tu:

Mike


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Greg on December 18, 2019, 05:47:11 PM
Just think Greg ... now you will have to come back for another run at Peggy's Cove and really see the place.
I had no idea you may have seen the spray as ivory rather than white.  Just another excuse for a return visit.  Really glad the operations worked out so well.  :2tu:

Mike

Just putting in eye drops, 4 times a day for 3 weeks.  It’s a joy to see colors, especially whites, as they really are.

I’d like to come back again some time.  We really liked that area.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: SilverBullet on December 24, 2019, 07:20:11 AM
Congrats on getting your eyesight back! 66 years young & been wearing glasses since 2nd grade.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Spyderist on December 31, 2019, 05:31:00 PM
Had mine done on 11/5 and 11/12, but had "no drop" surgery.  During the procedure the doc injects antibacterial/steroid meds into the eye itself, mitigating the need for the drop regimen (which is to promote healing and prevent infection).

This procedure is used ubiquitously in Europe and has been becoming more common in the states over the past few years.  It's fairly common in our our area.  The only downside I'm aware of (and experienced) is "floaters".  Generally, one can expect them to be gone in a week.  All but one of mine were gone by the end of the second day.  That last one was in my peripheral vision and was gone before the week was up.

As you say, everything was much brighter immediately after the surgeries, and I'm still aware of that occasionally ... but as your brain gets used to the "improved signal" from your eyes, your perception of that new brightness diminishes.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Greg on December 31, 2019, 08:06:14 PM
Had mine done on 11/5 and 11/12, but had "no drop" surgery.  During the procedure the doc injects antibacterial/steroid meds into the eye itself, mitigating the need for the drop regimen (which is to promote healing and prevent infection).

This procedure is used ubiquitously in Europe and has been becoming more common in the states over the past few years.  It's fairly common in our our area.  The only downside I'm aware of (and experienced) is "floaters".  Generally, one can expect them to be gone in a week.  All but one of mine were gone by the end of the second day.  That last one was in my peripheral vision and was gone before the week was up.

As you say, everything was much brighter immediately after the surgeries, and I'm still aware of that occasionally ... but as your brain gets used to the "improved signal" from your eyes, your perception of that new brightness diminishes.

The effectiveness of the enhanced color perception was greatest at first, but like you say, that gradually diminishes as the brain gets used to it.  The whites are still very white and the colors all “pop” but it’s not so startling now.  I’m done with the drops in the left eye, and still have one week left to go for the right eye.  Your mention of the floaters was interesting because I noticed them at first, too, but now I don’t see them.

The downside of this is that I will still need glasses, but for reading.  Unfortunately, I’ll end up just wearing glasses anyway because it’s a real inconvenience to have to carry glasses around just for reading.  And I need them for driving, anyway, otherwise the instruments would be blurry.  Such is life, and I’m really enjoying the clear, sharp distance vision, from about 3 feet out.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Spyderist on January 09, 2020, 05:10:11 PM

The effectiveness of the enhanced color perception was greatest at first, but like you say, that gradually diminishes as the brain gets used to it.  The whites are still very white and the colors all ďpopĒ but itís not so startling now.  Iím done with the drops in the left eye, and still have one week left to go for the right eye.  Your mention of the floaters was interesting because I noticed them at first, too, but now I donít see them.

The downside of this is that I will still need glasses, but for reading.  Unfortunately, Iíll end up just wearing glasses anyway because itís a real inconvenience to have to carry glasses around just for reading.  And I need them for driving, anyway, otherwise the instruments would be blurry.  Such is life, and Iím really enjoying the clear, sharp distance vision, from about 3 feet out.

I struggled trying to keep up with "readers" for the month I had to wait after surgery before I could get fitted for "real" glasses.  It only took me a couple days to decide that I would not deal well with that.  I've worn glasses for years and did not see that as being anywhere near as problematic as keeping track of readers.  My vision was 20/20 in both eyes after a week, and I can easily read the dashboards in our cars, but I do need help for reading.  I did get a pair of +1.25 readers that I KEEP at the PC, just to avoid the slight head tilt needed for the best focus with my progressive lens.

And here's a thought that somewhat relates to your service as a trooper ... my DL still shows I need corrective lenses.  And though I now have glasses I can wear all the time, I really don't need them for driving.  States vary so your info on this may not be germane in Ky, but it'll be interesting to see what, if any, difference it'll make when I renew later this year.  I was thinking that perhaps I could just retake the eye test (not required for oldsters here).  I sent our DMV an inquiry about this and the response just said "call us".  Naw, I'll wait until it's time ... and may just let it ride even then.


Title: Re: I See, Said the Blind Man
Post by: Greg on January 09, 2020, 06:14:48 PM
Good morning.  I finished the eye drops on Monday.  Glad I donít need to do that anymore.  As for the readers, I solved that problem by getting a pair of clear safety glasses with a bifocal element built in for reading.  These are just approximate, but work fairly well.  My new ďrealĒ glasses should be here in a couple days.  While I wonít need to wear them for distance vision, I have a very slight astigmatism in my right eye, so there is a correction needed that, even at a distance.  But because of some damage to my retinas, the new lenses they put in arenít able to focus close enough to read clearly, unfortunately.  I just find it convenient to simply wear the glasses, even though thereís no distance correction necessary. 

As for the driverís license, I have a corrective lens restriction on mine, too.  I would probably not need that now, but I just went through a lot of trouble to get my ďreal IDĒ license, and I donít want to have to go through that again, just to change that.  Iíll wait until I have to renew it in five years.