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Old 08-15-2018, 12:11 AM
 
Location: la la land
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I was diagnosed with cataracts during a routine eye exam about 3 years ago, I was told to see an opthamologist when I started having trouble with my vision. For about the past year my night vision has been getting worse and I'm having trouble with depth perception to the point where I avoid escalators. I told my PCP & she said it could be cataracts or macular degeneration. She referred me to the UC Davis ophthalmology dept. They called me to make the appointment and said I should expect to be there 2 to 3 hours. I asked why so long & they said "well we dilate your pupils, and you will have various procedures done and some required specialized equipment that might not be immediately available". Huh, what specialized equipment?

So, should an ophthalmology take that long? What do they do to check for cataracts? When I was diagnosed with them it was done during a normal eye exam and didn't take more than a few minutes and didn't require any specialized equipment. I'm wondering if this place is run like a factory where they give dozens of people an appointment at the same time then herd them around like cattle
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:25 AM
 
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Do you think they may think you are being referred for surgery?

A dilated exam can take a while because the drops take time to work, but the exam itself only requires equipment that is standard in any ophthalmologist's office. It only takes a few minutes.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20353795
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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Do you think they may think you are being referred for surgery?
A dilated exam can take a while because the drops take time to work, but the exam itself only requires equipment that is standard in any ophthalmologist's office. It only takes a few minutes.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20353795
I have no idea, all I asked my doc is whether I should see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist to see if the cataracts were at the point where I needed surgery? she said she would refer me to an ophthalmologist but she mentioned that it might not even be cataracts, that it could be macular degeneratoin so I'm sure she wouldn't refer me for surgery.

I think I'm going to call around and ask other ophthalmologists how long the exam should take. My PCP is with UC Davis and she usually gives me referrals for UC Davis specialists but I have a PPO and can see anyone in my network.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:53 AM
 
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I went to the UC Davis website and found this so I guess I should be happy with a 2-3 hour appointment

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The examination and treatment that you receive at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center might be different from previous eye examinations you may have had. We provide a highly specialized ophthalmic examination that can last several hours. At the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, tests may be performed that are not routinely done at other eye physicians’ offices. Patients that are new to the eye center or new to a particular subspecialty should expect to spend 4-5 hours during a visit. Rest assured, we take these steps to provide you with the best possible diagnosis and treatment of your eye condition
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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I was told in a short visit to optomotrist when I was in my 50's that I had cataracts forming and I didn't do a thing but start my research on taking care of my eyes and here I am 80 and no cataracts and of course no surgery and continue my health care for my eyes.

Eye health supplements including antioxidants and SUNGLASSES in the sun or shade and I'm fine...

So so much we can do for ourselves.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:04 AM
 
Location: la la land
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I was told in a short visit to optomotrist when I was in my 50's that I had cataracts forming and I didn't do a thing but start my research on taking care of my eyes and here I am 80 and no cataracts and of course no surgery and continue my health care for my eyes.

Eye health supplements including antioxidants and SUNGLASSES in the sun or shade and I'm fine...

So so much we can do for ourselves.
Congratulations but the problem is that I already have cataracts. Not everyone gets them so your preventative care might not be preventing anything. My great Aunt died at 103 with no cataracts and almost perfect vision and she never took supplements or wore sunglasses.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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Congratulations but the problem is that I already have cataracts. Not everyone gets them so your preventative care might not be preventing anything. My great Aunt died at 103 with no cataracts and almost perfect vision and she never took supplements or wore sunglasses.
You don't know that and one can work on prevention in the early stages of anything. The doc said I had cats forming when I was 50 something and thanks to you know what, no cats and I see good. Good about your aunt, I don't know about my aunts and their cataracts. One can work on reversing so much. I think so many just are in love with surgery.

I have friend who could spend so time at doctors and NEVER do research for their own health care..and I have friends who work hard to heal themself, It's a mindset.

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Old 08-15-2018, 11:12 AM
 
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I went to the UC Davis website and found this so I guess I should be happy with a 2-3 hour appointment
Guess you should.

But it sounds very thorough, good luck and I hope everything turns out okay!
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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I was there at least 90 minutes, maybe as long as a couple of hours. In addition to doing all the regular eye exams, they took all the measurements for the IOLs - that was pretty time-consuming because the measurements are used later to set up the surgical equipment, and it must be 100% accurate.

The tests were done by 2-3 technicians in 3 different rooms, then I was taken to the regular exam room where the doctor came in. Between each set of tests, I had to wait a bit and then I had to wait for the doctor of course. He & I discussed my health/vision history, then he went over the results of the tests, and he thoroughly explained the various surgery/IOL options, what to expect afterwards, etc.

edit to add: It's been 6 months since I had the surgery and I'm extremely pleased with the results.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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I was there at least 90 minutes, maybe as long as a couple of hours. In addition to doing all the regular eye exams, they took all the measurements for the IOLs - that was pretty time-consuming because the measurements are used later to set up the surgical equipment, and it must be 100% accurate.

The tests were done by 2-3 technicians in 3 different rooms, then I was taken to the regular exam room where the doctor came in. Between each set of tests, I had to wait a bit and then I had to wait for the doctor of course. He & I discussed my health/vision history, then he went over the results of the tests, and he thoroughly explained the various surgery/IOL options, what to expect afterwards, etc.

edit to add: It's been 6 months since I had the surgery and I'm extremely pleased with the results.
Thanks, I had no idea all of that was involved
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