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Old 07-15-2015, 08:54 AM
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Anybody have it? What were your results, did it clear up your vision? How traumatic was it and how many days were you down because of it? Just looking for real-world experiences here to know what I'm in for; I understand what's involved in the procedure.

I turn 60 this year and feel like a car whose warranty just ran out. The docs are loving me, though! Ka-ching! I won't get into all the other gory details.

My vision has become progressively bad over the past six months. Left eye is still fairly sharp, right eye is a blur and cannot focus. Broke down and had a full eye exam last Friday, thinking that maybe some glasses would fix me right up. I've had 20-20 my whole life and have never worn glasses. Well, I didn't get glasses. I got a referral to an ophthalmologist for cataract surgery. The doc said I'm going to need both eyes done. The right is really bad and the left is starting to do the same.

I'm kind of freaked out. I'm chickenshit enough about doctors/dentists and medical stuff in general. Just the thought of somebody cutting on my eyeballs makes me want to crap my pants. Spending most of my adult life staring into computer screens hasn't helped the situation. My peepers are now giving me the creepers!
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:44 AM
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Yes I've had it. Started 1st surgery April 9th, 2nd surgery may 5th. Scar tissue developed with clouding of the remaining natural lense. Yag laser procedures on June 25th and July 7th.

Crystal lens implants total cost out of pocket $6600
Work days missed zero.
Discomfort yes 1stsurgery in April. None with following surgeries.
No glasses not even for reading websites on my iPhone.
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:50 AM
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I'll add- I was virtually blind with glasses on prior to surgery. Trees were big green lump, I couldn't see str signs, I had big trouble trying hooks, I had quit reading books.

Now without glasses, i can now do all of the above -- without glasses.
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An aunt of mine had it done several years ago. No problems to report.
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:08 AM
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We had my father's done last year, and my mom's the year before. They try to be proactive when it comes to healthcare (they are 80 & 85). The local doctor recommended someone, but we did the research and chose to have it done by Vanderbilt in Nashville. I had a severe eye injury and surgeries when I was a teenager, and I guess as a group are paranoid about eyes. Wanted the best available, not just some local guy.

That said, its a quick and easy procedure. Each time they did one, waited seven days, and did the other. They will give you drops to put starting a couple of days before each surgery, and you will spend another three weeks after each one putting in drops. There were three different drops, some on different schedules.

There was no pain, or issues with any of the four procedures, and the improvement was immediate. Not totally clear for a day or so, but you will know you had it done.

As for results, both wore glasses prior to the surgery. Mom had worn them all her life, and now just wears reading glasses. Dad is a former military pilot who had 20/15 vision until his fifties. Wore bifocals for thirty years, now just using reading glasses when he is on the computer for a long time, but can read fine without them. Both commented that it was a big difference at night, that car headlights no longer bothered them.

I watched the bills as they went past, and I think from first consult, through surgery, follow-up, and the one year check - all in was probably 16k each. (each person, not each eye.) But that was being done by a top person at Vanderbilt University Medical. Thankfully, Medicare and Tri-Care-For-Life paid every last dime.

All in all a pretty easy and positive experience. Hope that covers it.
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One other thing . . . . As I said above, I had a bad injury and eye surgeries in 1981. Ugly stuff, and almost a years recovery. I hear you when you say the thought of them cutting on your eye is scary. Because of that I was very interested in what they were doing now when they did my parents cataracts. Man the level of technology, the things they can do, and the ease at which it can be done and recovered . . is amazing compared to the past. Don't sweat it, this is easy. Get a good guy, and let them do it.
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Hello, I had one eye done at 64 yrs. nothing to it, can do anything you want to after 24 hours as long as it doesn't involve being dusty or dirty. Good Luck Jim
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Had both eyes done 30 days apart no pain no problems. Only thing is every thing is so much brighter. Dr. put in Alcon implants. Took a little over 15 minutes per eye all you see is a bright light that is the laser burring off the cataract absolutely unbelievable difference.
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Had right eye done when I was 48yo and it was virtually painless. No missed work days, other than the day it was scheduled for. Reason I had the surgery was clouding, I now have to wear reading glasses for close in and my vision at distance is 20/15-20/20. Had a eye appointemnt last week and eye doctor told me I have a minisicule cataract on my left eye.....go figure (51yo)!
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Had it done 5 years ago at age 52 on both eyes. Got Alcon plastic implants, and one is perfectly focused for distance, the other for medium close. Now I use readers constantly for computer work, and have a different pair needed for driving at night, but can use "clear" lenses or nothing at all for almost everything else. I rely a lot on "cheater" sunglasses for boating and fishing, to see knots or read markers on my display.
Pain was minimal, results were pretty much as expected. Huge improvement in quality of life: I can enjoy reading again, and colors are much more vivid.
Only drawback for me... I am a very big guy at six-foot-eight, and the lenses installed are just average sized. This means that on the darkest conditions when my pupil is super large, I see a snowflake flare around the bright spots. Picture two cars passing on a dark highway, that's when I notice the difference. Daytime is not any trouble and if there are lots of street lights or such, this problem is not evident.
My insurance covered everything except the office visit co-pays.
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You have not seen "scared shit" until you see me near Doctors and hospitals. They call,it white coat syndrome. I've fainted more times than some folks have gone to church. That being said, I had a stroke in one eye and lost vision for six months ten years ago. Do NOT want anyone touching what I have left.
The Doc said we will anestitize you for the cataract surgery but you have to be awake to listen to my commands (look up, etc) BULL SH1T!!!!!! As far as I know I was totally out although he told me I listened and performed the commands (I did?????) no, I say no problems or doubts. A month later I walked in to have the second done and felt like a pro. Again, no problems.
I did get one of the optional lens but with all my prior eye problems the Doc told me before hand they might not work. I now do not need glasses for distance (which I did previously)'but do need for reading or close up in low lighted areas. In bright rooms or with bright lights on, I don't. I now have a pair of multi focus reading glasses which I paid $250 for and are now sold by Foster Grant OVTC. They're good for varying degrees of light.
Prior to,any "cut'em ups" performed on me, I ask the Doc to,prescribe Adavan. I take it twenty minutes before the procedure and my wife leads me around like a dog on a leash. No driving- of course.
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Anybody have it?
Yes I have, in one eye only. It's a very routine procedure, don't sweat it. The repaired eye sees colors differently, but my brain doesn't care, it's smarter than my eye and has an autocorrect feature.
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Had multi focal lenses(Technis) put in 4 years ago, great for about 5 months. Had a membrane grow over both lenses.
Laser to deal with that.
Started not seeing well again, last year failed my drivers test eye exam.
Going in for PRK to solve the current problem.
I have paid for the whole deal, would have been better off just accepting glasses.
I was pre glaucoma with a bad astigmatism. Could not wear contacts. Decided I would rather not wait 5 to 7 years to see better without glasses.
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Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post
Yes I have, in one eye only. It's a very routine procedure, don't sweat it. The repaired eye sees colors differently, but my brain doesn't care, it's smarter than my eye and has an autocorrect feature.
Does your autocorrect make you do stupid things when you've been drinking?


Thanks for the info and support guys; it helps. I *know* I'm going to have to get it done and as long as I'm drugged up before and some Versed during, I'll probably make it without running and screaming out of the doc's office.

And I thought the terror of getting a vasectomy was bad...
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Wife literally just had it done. Right eye on the 1st of July and the left yesterday (7/14). Some discomfort on the day of the surgery. Surgury took less than 30 minutes, at tge hospital a total of 3 hours per eye. Cost was $4200 over insurance for torques lens. The torques lens covers both near, far and astigmatism. Previous the wife had tri-focals, now can see great both near and far.
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Does your autocorrect make you do stupid things when you've been drinking?
I can't tell what causes me to do stupid things. Sorry. But having one eye see more clearly than the other allows me to look on the bright side of them.
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I had it done about 5 years ago and had multifocal lens put in. Doc. recommended them and they were more expense so I figured they were better. They use concentric rings, some focused far and some focused near. The surgery and recovery went fine, but I had trouble with the lens immediately. Doc told me to give it 6 months. It didn't get better so I went to Bascom and Palmer in Naples who are very good. Their doc. asked me how long they had been in and I told him 8 months. He said to bad, after 6 months there's nothing you can do. I can't read anything unless it is lit extremely well. I can't focus on anything from 4 to 20 feet - basically store shelves. I have vertigo as a result since one eyes image is much larger then the other. Every time I go to an eye doc. they tell me my vision is great. It is unless you try to focus to unequal size images at once. I wish I had got lenses for far and then got reading glasses. My friend has the same lens with the same problems.

Any way, just get regular lense implants and everything will be fine.
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Both eyes done, both times a total non event. I chose correction for distance and wear readers from the dollar store for close up. I did ask for Valium to get up the nerve the first time.
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You have not seen "scared shit" until you see me near Doctors and hospitals. They call,it white coat syndrome. I've fainted more times than some folks have gone to church. That being said, I had a stroke in one eye and lost vision for six months ten years ago. Do NOT want anyone touching what I have left.
The Doc said we will anestitize you for the cataract surgery but you have to be awake to listen to my commands (look up, etc) BULL SH1T!!!!!! As far as I know I was totally out although he told me I listened and performed the commands (I did?????) no, I say no problems or doubts. A month later I walked in to have the second done and felt like a pro. Again, no problems.
I did get one of the optional lens but with all my prior eye problems the Doc told me before hand they might not work. I now do not need glasses for distance (which I did previously)'but do need for reading or close up in low lighted areas. In bright rooms or with bright lights on, I don't. I now have a pair of multi focus reading glasses which I paid $250 for and are now sold by Foster Grant OVTC. They're good for varying degrees of light.
Prior to,any "cut'em ups" performed on me, I ask the Doc to,prescribe Adavan. I take it twenty minutes before the procedure and my wife leads me around like a dog on a leash. No driving- of course.
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Just had mine done about a month ago. Did the Lensx laser removal and can see much better. Glad I didn't wait! So far no readers! Went to Wilmington Eye Associates in NC. Worth the drive.
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