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Old 11-15-2017, 05:35 PM
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I was recommended to wait for three weeks to let it settle before getting new reading glasses. So will get them then. I wont need bifocals, only readers, my distance vision has never been this good my entire life.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:03 PM
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I had cataract surgery on one eye almost a year ago. The up close vision was good but I had no distance vision at all. I believe it was called a nuclear cataract. The first week after I had it done, the distance vision was the best ever. Then it started to degrade. Eye pressure went up, had to take multiple eyedrops and prednisone. Vision was weird looking in that eye, distortion and blurry vision. Like looking through a foggy lense. Kept telling the Dr I couldn't see but he said "don't worry, it will get better."

Well, it didn't. Progressively got worse, sitting in the chair looking through the refractor, I could read the 20/40 line but the vision really wasn't usable. The up close vision was totally gone and couldn't find any "cheaters" or reading glasses that helped. I finally got tired of just telling the guy I couldn't see and figured that was it. Then it really got worse, and got the flashing lights. Got an appt with a specialist in retina problems and he said I had a partially detached retina and needed surgery ASAP. So I got the surgery.

Having to lay face down 20+ hours a day for 2 weeks really sucked. Rented some medical equipment that helped but bottom line, it sucked. The alternative was if you didn't do it, it could detach and you would have to have the surgery again. Once was enough thank you. It's been three months or so since I had that surgery and I can sort of see out of that eye. I can read normal size print at arms length kind of but the vision is distorted, takes a couple of seconds before it clears up enough so I can read it. The peripheral vision in that eye is non existent so anybody on that side, I can't see them unless I turn my head to look. So I have one eye that I can see out of, and one eye that gives me blurry distorted vision. Combine them and if really screws up your balance.

If I had it to do over again, I would have just lived with the no distance vision in that eye, at least I could work without needing to put a flashlight on everything I touch. Not being able to see properly has really slowed my work down since I can't see what I'm doing. Real PITA.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:12 PM
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:25 PM
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I had cataract surgery on one eye almost a year ago. The up close vision was good but I had no distance vision at all. I believe it was called a nuclear cataract. The first week after I had it done, the distance vision was the best ever. Then it started to degrade. Eye pressure went up, had to take multiple eyedrops and prednisone. Vision was weird looking in that eye, distortion and blurry vision. Like looking through a foggy lense. Kept telling the Dr I couldn't see but he said "don't worry, it will get better."

Well, it didn't. Progressively got worse, sitting in the chair looking through the refractor, I could read the 20/40 line but the vision really wasn't usable. The up close vision was totally gone and couldn't find any "cheaters" or reading glasses that helped. I finally got tired of just telling the guy I couldn't see and figured that was it. Then it really got worse, and got the flashing lights. Got an appt with a specialist in retina problems and he said I had a partially detached retina and needed surgery ASAP. So I got the surgery.

Having to lay face down 20+ hours a day for 2 weeks really sucked. Rented some medical equipment that helped but bottom line, it sucked. The alternative was if you didn't do it, it could detach and you would have to have the surgery again. Once was enough thank you. It's been three months or so since I had that surgery and I can sort of see out of that eye. I can read normal size print at arms length kind of but the vision is distorted, takes a couple of seconds before it clears up enough so I can read it. The peripheral vision in that eye is non existent so anybody on that side, I can't see them unless I turn my head to look. So I have one eye that I can see out of, and one eye that gives me blurry distorted vision. Combine them and if really screws up your balance.

If I had it to do over again, I would have just lived with the no distance vision in that eye, at least I could work without needing to put a flashlight on everything I touch. Not being able to see properly has really slowed my work down since I can't see what I'm doing. Real PITA.
That is a horror story, this was my second, the first was about 25-27 years ago and the focus has remained constant although I have macular degeneration and drops everyday. I wasn’t going to get it done as I figured at 73 whats the point but the cataract was starting to be a nuisance. Might take a look at cheap readers.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:52 PM
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If I had it to do over again, I would have just lived with the no distance vision in that eye, at least I could work without needing to put a flashlight on everything I touch. Not being able to see properly has really slowed my work down since I can't see what I'm doing. Real PITA.
Aw shit! What a nightmare!
I've read about some things that can happen but I'm really sorry you had to go through all that, Dan, and that you're still suffering from it.
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Dollar store magnifier glasses is what I use
I tried that between the first surgery & getting the second eye done a few months later. I bought several pair of different strengths, trying to find the best ones for different activities. I easily spent more than $50.
Then I got prescription glasses from Zenni.
There is a world of difference in the optical quality between those cheap readers and real lenses. The dollar store glasses have some distortion and they block a lot of the light.
I only paid about $120 for bifocals, prescription sunglasses and the third pair for just for the computer. I really treasure them, especially the third pair.
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I had cataract surgery on one eye almost a year ago. The up close vision was good but I had no distance vision at all. I believe it was called a nuclear cataract. The first week after I had it done, the distance vision was the best ever. Then it started to degrade. Eye pressure went up, had to take multiple eyedrops and prednisone. Vision was weird looking in that eye, distortion and blurry vision. Like looking through a foggy lense. Kept telling the Dr I couldn't see but he said "don't worry, it will get better."

Well, it didn't. Progressively got worse, sitting in the chair looking through the refractor, I could read the 20/40 line but the vision really wasn't usable. The up close vision was totally gone and couldn't find any "cheaters" or reading glasses that helped. I finally got tired of just telling the guy I couldn't see and figured that was it. Then it really got worse, and got the flashing lights. Got an appt with a specialist in retina problems and he said I had a partially detached retina and needed surgery ASAP. So I got the surgery.

Having to lay face down 20+ hours a day for 2 weeks really sucked. Rented some medical equipment that helped but bottom line, it sucked. The alternative was if you didn't do it, it could detach and you would have to have the surgery again. Once was enough thank you. It's been three months or so since I had that surgery and I can sort of see out of that eye. I can read normal size print at arms length kind of but the vision is distorted, takes a couple of seconds before it clears up enough so I can read it. The peripheral vision in that eye is non existent so anybody on that side, I can't see them unless I turn my head to look. So I have one eye that I can see out of, and one eye that gives me blurry distorted vision. Combine them and if really screws up your balance.

If I had it to do over again, I would have just lived with the no distance vision in that eye, at least I could work without needing to put a flashlight on everything I touch. Not being able to see properly has really slowed my work down since I can't see what I'm doing. Real PITA.
Had a friend who had the same issue, only he ignored the problems and it got worse. he cant see crap outta that eye now and his other eye is starting to go south on him now. He can still drive a tractor out in the field but a vehicle in traffic is out of the question now. Detached retinas was his downfall. don't ignore the blurry vision, it wont get better.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:54 PM
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I guess I was lucky. Fuchs' dystrophy in both eyes. I put up with it as long as I could. Finally had the corneal graphs (DSAEK) and cataract surgery, Called a "Triple". The best correction I can get is 20/30, but that is better than the 20/40 it was and getting worse. Eye drops for the rest of my life, but I figure that is a small price. My glasses were running about $350 before the surgery. Now I get single focal length glasses from Wally World ($70) and put different strength "Cheaters" inside them for close work. It takes a while for some people to realize that I'm wearing two pairs of glasses for close work, but they get used to it.
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