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Old 11-23-2018, 08:37 PM
 
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My primary-care physician recommended me to see an Ophthalmologist because he suspected I have Cataracts. I visited the Ophthalmologist who stated I need eye surgery for their removal. I asked if she uses a LASER , and she stated, " NO." Then I asked her to explain to me the procedure the medical facility, which has multitude of locations, uses.

She stated that the ball of the eye is removed, a small cut is made in the front, of the ball, and the cataracts removed, then the ball of the eye is replaced into the socket. That did not sound too good to me, so when I got home, I asked my husband, who it had done it several -years -ago, if he remembers the method she had used then, and he stated that it was done via LASER. We spoke back and -forth, and I told him that the procedure has changed now.

Last night, while trying to go to sleep, I began weighing down the procedure the Specialist spoke about, versus the one that she is doing now, and I do not feel comfortable with the present one.

In a three-page-letter that is to be signed prior to the surgery, it states that "SOMETIMES, the eye ball may not ALIGN well into the socket AND that there is also the possibility that one of the two eyes maybe slightly MALALIGNED. " That was the end for me.........I am planning on forgetting it, and find a doctor who uses LASER. The Medical facility that she works for, has recently changed ownership, and I believe the present procedure is less expensive, and brings in the most money....

Any opinions? Thank you,
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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Get a second opinion. Also, look for information online about the procedure. These are your valuable eyes, get as much information as possible.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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I would definitely get a second opinion and see if you can find someone that uses laser. (Remove the eyeball - really?)
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: I was told about 20 yrs ago I had cataracts forming, cloudy eyes and I was probably 60, I did nothing, and got to work and did my research and saving myself from cataract surgery with the eye supports I'm using, and I 'm now 80.

My neighbor is into a year with a botched surgery from Kaiser with her one eye. Long story and I know, I know many are successful, but if one can avoid them why not is my opinion. With any surgery there is always risk.

I'll send you more privately, but also believe strongly in wearing Sunglasses in sun or bright days even no sun.

I have posts in Alt Med on what I do for my eyes if you want to look over there.
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Old 11-23-2018, 11:16 PM
 
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My primary-care physician recommended me to see an Ophthalmologist because he suspected I have Cataracts. I visited the Ophthalmologist who stated I need eye surgery for their removal. I asked if she uses a LASER , and she stated, " NO." Then I asked her to explain to me the procedure the medical facility, which has multitude of locations, uses.

She stated that the ball of the eye is removed, a small cut is made in the front, of the ball, and the cataracts removed, then the ball of the eye is replaced into the socket. That did not sound too good to me, so when I got home, I asked my husband, who it had done it several -years -ago, if he remembers the method she had used then, and he stated that it was done via LASER. We spoke back and -forth, and I told him that the procedure has changed now.

Last night, while trying to go to sleep, I began weighing down the procedure the Specialist spoke about, versus the one that she is doing now, and I do not feel comfortable with the present one.

In a three-page-letter that is to be signed prior to the surgery, it states that "SOMETIMES, the eye ball may not ALIGN well into the socket AND that there is also the possibility that one of the two eyes maybe slightly MALALIGNED. " That was the end for me.........I am planning on forgetting it, and find a doctor who uses LASER. The Medical facility that she works for, has recently changed ownership, and I believe the present procedure is less expensive, and brings in the most money....

Any opinions? Thank you,
My cataracts set for surgery in 2 weeks. Absolutely the same warning of possible side effects. Very rare, but stuff happens.

I won't give it a second thought. I can't see now
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My primary-care physician recommended me to see an Ophthalmologist because he suspected I have Cataracts. I visited the Ophthalmologist who stated I need eye surgery for their removal. I asked if she uses a LASER , and she stated, " NO." Then I asked her to explain to me the procedure the medical facility, which has multitude of locations, uses.

She stated that the ball of the eye is removed, a small cut is made in the front, of the ball, and the cataracts removed, then the ball of the eye is replaced into the socket. That did not sound too good to me, so when I got home, I asked my husband, who it had done it several -years -ago, if he remembers the method she had used then, and he stated that it was done via LASER. We spoke back and -forth, and I told him that the procedure has changed now.

Last night, while trying to go to sleep, I began weighing down the procedure the Specialist spoke about, versus the one that she is doing now, and I do not feel comfortable with the present one.

In a three-page-letter that is to be signed prior to the surgery, it states that "SOMETIMES, the eye ball may not ALIGN well into the socket AND that there is also the possibility that one of the two eyes maybe slightly MALALIGNED. " That was the end for me.........I am planning on forgetting it, and find a doctor who uses LASER. The Medical facility that she works for, has recently changed ownership, and I believe the present procedure is less expensive, and brings in the most money....

Any opinions? Thank you,
Whether it's traditional or laser cataract surgery to remove cataracts, the eyeball is NOT removed from the socket to do so, it's left in place for that surgery. Removing the eyeball from the socket for surgery would unnecessarily complicate things, take longer, and frankly, just sounds nuts to me.

Here is a link to the American Academy of Opthalmology describing the details of traditional vs. laser cataract surgery.

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/disea...taract-surgery

In your shoes, OP, I'd run as fast as possible to get away from those folks who gave you that "removing the eyeball " information and find someone who does cataract surgery according to the standards set by the opthalmic experts.

Good luck. I had traditional cataract surgery on both eyes several years ago, have never regretted it and my vision has never been better.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:53 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My cataracts set for surgery in 2 weeks. Absolutely the same warning of possible side effects. Very rare, but stuff happens.

I won't give it a second thought. I can't see now
And I bet you'll be happy with the results. But removing the eyeball from the socket for the surgery???? Naaaaaah.....

I'm imagining disclaimers for "googly eyes" results from each eye looking in different directions after they've been put back into the socket. There may be some reasons for CYA disclaimers, but I'm sure they mean something else.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:57 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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No way is anyone removing my eyeball. I’ll take the old way, please, and while they’re at it, correct my vision with the lasix.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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um, no.

here's a pretty typical cataract surgery video. eyeball remains in place.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjKVDzHpG2k
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Old 11-24-2018, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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The eyeball is absolutely not removed how stupid is that. I had both my eyes done about two years ago, and no laser used. They sedate you and numb the eye then they cut out the lens and replace it. Takes about 15 minutes for actual procedure.
I being who I am went on to youtube and watched the entire procedure ahead of time. Though I don't recommend that, LOL.
I don't know what your Doctor was trying to do telling you what she did but I would find another doctor anyway.
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