Cataract Surgery:

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    Has anyone here had cataract surgery. If so I'll be interested in your thoughts on the subject.
     
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    Scary at first but well worth it. No pain but a little discomfort and of course you are awake but mildly sedated. Seemed like about 15 minutes for the procedure and you are good to go with a brand new lens. Eye drops for a week or so and that's it.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    The eye drops are expensive, and the gel some use afterwords is a bitch to put in when it gets low.


    FYI, I give people the eye drops a lot and the gel. If you need a trick for putting in the gel let me know, I have gotten pretty good at it. Good luck! :D
     
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    I had a cataract, but traded it in for a Rincoln Continental.
     
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    I had my right eye done about 10 years ago; left eye five years later. No problems with either. It's in and out in a half a day, and for me the only irritation was itching from the patch which has to stay on for 24 hours. Thereafter, just the eye drops to fight off any potential infection, but I could see just fine immediately. My prescription glasses had to be changed, though, as they were useless once I had new eyes.
     
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    Thanks to all for your responses. It is most appreciated.
     
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    I've worn thick glasses since I was five years old. I had become so night blind I could not drive at all after dark. I had little or no depth perception.

    I had cataract surgery on both eyes--right eye first and left eye two weeks later--a little over a year ago. Both were done as outpatient procedures. They put you under enough that you aren't aware of the surgery at all but will follow instructions. I was home within a couple of hours after the surgery. Insurance paid for the necessary post operative eyedrops which are a pain to remember but are no big deal otherwise.

    I now see better than I have been able to see my entire life. Will pass my driver's license eyetest without glasses. I see pretty close to 20/20 out of both eyes now--still have prescription lenses to correct an astigmatism that doesn't bother me but my eyes will get tired more quickly without the correction. You can get new lenses that correct astigmatism in your cataract surgery, but insurance would not pay for that and I couldn't afford it. The night blindness and depth perception problem are no more.

    But if you need the surgery don't hesitate. Make sure you have an opthamologist of good repute and look forward to seeing much better than you did before.
     
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    What I remember about the actual surgery is that spooky stuff that floats on by that you can "see." Never could figure that out, except it must be just the brain "seeing" these weird images like watching cells and protein and neurons under a microscope. (I had that same thing happen during a PT scan too.)
     

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