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Old 10-29-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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So I have a month to stress. I am having eye surgery ... again. First eye is being done 12/1 and second 12/8. Cataract removal. It has to be done as I can barely see anymore - I've put it off for a year. I have absolute faith in my surgeon - he is incredible. He operated on my one eye about 18 months ago and his competence in diagnosing my issue (very rare) as well as handling a shivering/shaking/crying basketcase during the procedure was nothing short of fantastic. But for thisone, I have to keep my eye still long enough to remove the cataract and lens and implant a new lens - AYE!! It's not HIS compeence that worries me, it's MINE!

So now I'm off to my GP for a tranq again.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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Good luck. As bad as the surgery is, you will be so much better off when it is done. Cataracts actually can cause depression, and feelings of helplessness, so having the surgery can make you feel better about everything.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: The 719
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I think cataract surgery is a very good and fairly simple one. It is a very non-invasive eye surgery and all they're doing is replacing an opaque lense with a clear one. They can even correct your vision somewhat with that replacement of the back lens, not the front or cornea one.
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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Non-invasive - they do it via a NEEDLE IN THE EYE! yeah, that's my stressor right there. And the doctor said that I'd no longer have to wear glasses except for reading. I've worn glasses since I was 7, sort of like an extension of my face! It's nice but I wouldn't have elected to have surgery for that.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: The 719
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A little slit on the side, they pull the old lense out and put the new one in.

It's nothing like lasik or PRK or PTK where they deal with the cornea and the epithelium... the clear tissue covering the cornea. Non-invasive.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I just had this done 3 weeks ago...it was a piece of cake, really it was. I too, have worn glasses since I was seven...didn't know what I looked like w/o them til I was 32. My correction was -1200 in one eye and -1100 in the other plus I have severe astigmatism...So I had my doubts, worries and concerns too. The docs know they are messing with something precious so they will use the utmost care in your case. Tell them of your fears and tell your nurses too. This is how it was for me..First they put some drops in my eye and they make the eye numb...my eye was numb, my ear was numb, my scalp was numb on that side of my face and my face was numb down to the jawline.. I am dental phobic..I know numb. Then they put in an IV and about 15-20 minutes before the doc comes on board they gave me some seditive..if it isn't enough they give you some more..they did for me because I had an anxiety attack about 19 minutes before the procedure. The doctor could have done an eyeball transplant for all I cared. The surgery took less then 10 minutes...it took longer to get ready then the actual surgery. I will still have to wear glasses because of my astigmastism but there is actually a lense they can use that will correct that too..Anyway..Think good thoughts, try to relax, and I'm sure you'll do fine.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:51 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Chany, thanks - that was very helpful. I recently had laser keratectomy (removal of some layers of the cornea) - but that was non-invasive - it's done externally. Having a needle in the eye, worrying about keeping my eye still - and my shaking under control for a longer procedure kept me from the eye doctor for over a year. Now I have no choice but to have this done.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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Well, I understand your fear. Surgery can be scary, especially on your eyes. I have major problems with dental work, I doctor shopped until I found one that drugs me up so much, it is not pleasant, but I know it is important. That or lose my teeth.

This will be okay.

Note: You can have Cataract surgery done with general anesthesia. It is done frequently for people who tremor with parkinsons. So, shop until you find a doctor who will meet your needs.

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:35 AM
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I just had this done 3 weeks ago...it was a piece of cake, really it was. I too, have worn glasses since I was seven...didn't know what I looked like w/o them til I was 32. My correction was -1200 in one eye and -1100 in the other plus I have severe astigmatism...So I had my doubts, worries and concerns too. The docs know they are messing with something precious so they will use the utmost care in your case. Tell them of your fears and tell your nurses too. This is how it was for me..First they put some drops in my eye and they make the eye numb...my eye was numb, my ear was numb, my scalp was numb on that side of my face and my face was numb down to the jawline.. I am dental phobic..I know numb. Then they put in an IV and about 15-20 minutes before the doc comes on board they gave me some seditive..if it isn't enough they give you some more..they did for me because I had an anxiety attack about 19 minutes before the procedure. The doctor could have done an eyeball transplant for all I cared. The surgery took less then 10 minutes...it took longer to get ready then the actual surgery. I will still have to wear glasses because of my astigmastism but there is actually a lense they can use that will correct that too..Anyway..Think good thoughts, try to relax, and I'm sure you'll do fine.
I just had my first Cataract surgery three days ago and I also have astigmatism and I chose to pay the extra for the Toric lens which corrects the astigmitism
It's only been a couple of days but for the first time in 50 years I can actually see at a distance without the need for glasses.
My other eye does not need the Toric lens so when I get that done in three weeks I will hopefully have full distance vision in both eyes.

For anybody who is on the fence about getting this procedure I can say that it is 100% painless and not having to wear glasses when driving is worth the slight discomfort you go through the first day after surgery and the few days following that you wear eye protection while sleeping.
I can't wait to get the other eye done.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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You people are so right about it being an easy surgery and so totally worth it.

Surgery was today - my eye was numbed - but not my face, etc. The entire procedure took less than 15 minutes from the time I was given a mild sedative until I was returned to my room.

And OMG, I cannot begin to describe the difference. Having one eye undone, I get to do the comparisons. It is ASTOUNDING - yes I'm shouting. I thought we had horrible lighting in the house - not so! It was my vision. I have a white telephone - I thought it was beige. I can see things - so bright everywhere. The white paint isn't dirty, it was my eyes (so I can stop scrubbing everything over and over). But until I get the other eye done, I cannot drive - the disparity in eye vision is too great and I wind up having to block/close one eye. The computer screen is too bright for the done eye, so I'm not spending a lot of time here - not such a bad thing.

Everything is so amazing. No pain, only a teensy bit of discomfort on the drive home and nothing since then. I am so looking forward to having the 2nd eye done.

If I'd only known what I've been missing, I probably would have gotten this done sooner. Amazing. Astounding. I can see again. Really see.
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