Gene, glad to hear you eye is improving and it's following a normal progression for recovery.
With my last eye exam (June) I was informed I too now needed this procedure; as glasses have always worked I elected to postpone this procedure. However I believe things have now accelerated as I now experience periods with "void" areas. I'll postpone it as long as I can but I presume its inevitable for me too.
I would say, put any fears away and get it done! The cataract only gets larger and will be more and more difficult to pull through a very small hole. I have another follow-up check-up next Tuesday. Really looking forward to getting the other eye done!With my last eye exam (June) I was informed I too now needed this procedure; as glasses have always worked I elected to postpone this procedure. However I believe things have now accelerated as I now experience periods with "void" areas. I'll postpone it as long as I can but I presume its inevitable for me too.
My mother had that clouding back in the '80's. She went to a place that was ahead of it's time and got the laser treatment..........quick & easy!I too am getting ready to have my eyes done. When I first was checked my optometrist said mime weren't "ripe" and should be left for later.
Well later is now and it's time to "get-er-done!"
As a previous poster said you may have a deterioration of your sight in the future. It's called posterior capsular opacification (PCO). A few people get it, most don't.
With PCO, the posterior lens capsule becomes cloudy several months or even years after surgery. It's easily fixable and is done right in the office.
The procedure to fix a PCO is called a YAG laser capsulotomy. The doctor uses a laser to cut a cross pattern in the posterior (rear) lens capsule. After being cut the capsule tissue retracts and you eyesight is restored. The YAG capsulotomy takes only a few minutes and typically never needs repeating.
Enjoy your new found vision!
That's great! They've come a long way in cataract removal in recent years. I didn't have to remove clothes, shoes, rings or even my watch for the surgery! Now that it's been over a dozen hours since the procedure, I'm seeing more improvement!That's real good, mowergene!
My second removal was a bit difficult as the doctor began when the anesthetic didn't fully take hold and felt the incision. When I jerked some, he stopped and waited another few minutes.
It's been a bit over a year since and I had the first opportunity to drive at night since then about a month ago. Completely different experience! Before the oncoming lights would almost completely blind me and this time there were zero problems.Even those new fangled LED white headlights didn't faze me a bit.
The very worst part is dealing with all the eyedrops! There are three different ones. They start @ four times/day, two days before the surgery and continue for a week after surgery. The next week, one medication is dropped and the two remaining ones are applied three times/day. The next week, one medication twice/day. The next week, the same medication once/day.This is a relatively comforting thread as my ophthalmologist said my cataracts would be ripe for surgery this year. I am a little scared of someone cutting on my baby blues though...😥
OUCH! Those follow-ups are terribly important. It's stories like this that insures that I NEVER go to the VA. And I'm a Vietnam VET!Very much like you, the drops were a PITA. It is very difficult to relax the avoidance of anything approaching the eye. It's now been a bit over a year since both eyes had the cataracts removed and couldn't be more happy with the results. That is actually a good thing because the VA is my health provider. They did authorize an outside provider to do the surgery but followup visits are not authorized.
You're so right.........nothing quite like being able to see!Oh, don't get me wrong, not all VA's are questionable, some are great places. It really just depends on where in the country you are. Mainly it is due to my financial situation, roughly just above poverty level, that I have the VA that I do. If I could afford to be in a better VA system, I would. It's also a bit of where I live as there isn't a VA hospital complex within 120 miles and rely on their outpatient clinics.
Still, the cataract surgery is quite the painless quick method to vastly improve one's eyesight. Anyone that has them should get them removed ASAP and the quality of life improves so much.
I had my second follow-up appointment today. The healing in both eyes is going well. The eye pressure that had been 34 the day after surgery, with the help of the 3 days of drops, is 13 today....yay! The other eye is holding steady with the pressure, too. I've now got about two and a half weeks of drops left to do and got an appointment to get a new prescription in a month.I had my first follow-up appointment this morning. All is progressing well but the swelling has caused the pressure in this eye to go up to 34. Under 20 is ideal. The other eye which was done a month ago has pressure of 15. He put in a drop for this pressure and prescribed three days of drops for it. Really, all is well. The pressure in the first eye had gone up to 25 the day after surgery and required no drops.