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Hello there, finally got back on. so for my birthday on Tuesday i had a eye appointment, was told i have cataracts in both eyes, so now that i am old peoples insurance (medicare) the surgery will be covered, however if you want a differnt lens put in that might help with distant sight the cost will be about 1800 an eye, so has any of you done that? I have never had glasses and am trying to avoid them as I think I would go thru a pair a week. I really have never had a vision check in years just the occasional trip to remove foreign objects, So i am sure this has been going on for years, Anyway did schedule one eye, am told about an 8 minute operation nowadays,

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I had the surgery last August.  I went for distant vision in both eyes, since I had never worn contacts or regular glasses until I was in my late 50's  I did however wear readers.  So by going with distant vision I wear readers for really small print or low light.  I paid $895.00 per eye for the lenses.  If you wanted to have a bifocal lens it was going to cost about $2500 per eye.  I had my left eye done one week and the right done the next week.  It is an assembly line here and yes it only takes a few minutes.  My wife had her's done a couple of years ago.  I am 69 by the way, ! will be 70 in July.  I see as well as I did in my late 30's.  Now how long that will last is to be seen.

Bill

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I had the lens implant surgery, its been 7 years now. Pretty happy overall. I have what is known as blended vision, that is my right eye is for up close and my left eye for distance. I had it done that way because that is the way I was, near and far sighted. I thought that was weird, but I was told it's not that uncommon. I wore glasses since 7'th grade (when the teacher saw me squinting....)  I definitely recommend having it done, love not having glasses. My insurance paid a good part of it since I needed the surgery but it still was around $4000 when all said and done.

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I got the bifocal lens put in my right eye two years ago, i think it cost about 1850 $ over what insurance paid, i still don't wear glasses and brightness and clarity in that eye is amazing. For some reason my left eye wasn't nearly as bad as the right and the doctor suggested waiting on it as technology improves every year. I f you figure the cost of glasses it was the obvious choice to me.

It was a simple surgery ,dark glasses for a day, no straining or lifting for a week.

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I had it done a year and a half ago in both eyes. I was minus 11 and one on minus 12 and the other and had astigmatism in one eye. I have been wearing contacts for years, and had needed glasses since the first grade. I now have minus 5 in my left eye and minus 1.75 with a torque lens in my right eye.  It's an amazing change  in vision for me.  Very easy surgeries, as surgeries go. No real pain just some discomfort. I did not go with the bifocal lenses. I can read without reading glasses and if I take my contacts out I can read really well. It's quite a different sensation to wake up and be able to see before putting your contact lenses in. Before I was like a mole. I couldn't even read the bedside clock. Now I can go without my lenses if I have to, but my vision is not quite as good.

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thanks for replies, doctor did mention stigmatism also, dont really know what that does, one thing they were serious on is to get paid in advance, 2/3 now and balance the day of operation,  i hope it will help in welding as i said in earlier posts, stick welding hardly any problem, wire welding not so good.

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I used to be able to see up close well without glasses but wore them for distance.

I had both eyes done because of cataracts and chose to see well now for distance.

Not wearing glasses is great but I do need readers to see up close.

It is kind of a pain needing glasses and not having them on your face to see up close.

My cost for both eyes was zero because of my Medicare supplement.

But they would not pay for the upgrade.

Dr told me $3,000.00/eye for the top of the line but you will see well both distance and up close without any glasses.

I believe there was a middle of the road but can't remember what he said.

It would be great to see well with no glasses.

What you do is your choice and depends on how thick your checkbook is?

 

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My wife had 3 kinds of cataract’s on both eyes. At age 47 she chose not to do the total corrective lenses since she had worn glasses all her life. It would be foreign without and she still would have needed glasses for her work. If I remember her saying there are only 3 common types of cataracts and she had them all in both eyes.

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Father in law had cataract surgery, I don’t remember hearing anything about corrective lenses being used but his vision is better than 20/20 after surgery. I thought any correction was due to the surgery itself but not a lens installation. I will need to ask him… 

no idea on costs.

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My wife just got her 2nd eye done Thursday after having the other done 2 weeks previously. I think they put trifocal lenses in hers.

I'm 74 and haven't had to do it yet. She is 71.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My dad had cataract surgery a few months ago. I haven’t heard anybody else mention it as a side effect, but he said after he had Covid, he couldn’t see. He’s 68. He had Covid a little over a year ago and before he had the surgery he didn’t even feel comfortable driving anymore. I’m not exactly sure what lens they used, but he can see great now. 

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I just had the "permaclear" procedure done Dec 20 and 22nd. Same procedure they do for cataracts. I didn't have cataracts but opted for the procedure to save money long term. I had bifocals for both eyes and my prescription was changing 3 times a year. I was buying 6 pairs of glasses at about $350 each per year after my insurance coverage. Costly for bifocal/safety glasses.

Because mine was an elective procedure there was no insurance coverage. Because I'm only 48 and hopefully many years left, I opted for the premium "multifocal" lenses. Costed $6000 per eye. I set aside the maximum my insurance plan from work would allow pre-tax and put the balance on a zero percent credit card. 

My vision thus far is better than before the procedure and getting better. Only minor discomfort. Still some blurring but I can read my watch without glasses. First time in years. They warned of glaring while driving at night. Lights look like they are behind a diffuser to me. Rings of light. Not bad and getting better. I do notice light sensitivity. I often opt to wear sunglasses while day driving but they tell me that will get better too. Adjusting will take months or even years according to them moreso because I'm younger than most patients and my brain is still trying to adjust like I had my natural lenses. They tell me older patients adapt quicker.

Really looking forward to putting on the welding helmet without wrestling glasses underneath. Worst part was waking up during one of the procedures. Oops. Second worst was 6 weeks of eye drops. Most everything else has been a plus.

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On 1/20/2023 at 10:14 AM, pt756 said:

thanks for replies, doctor did mention stigmatism also, dont really know what that does, one thing they were serious on is to get paid in advance, 2/3 now and balance the day of operation,  i hope it will help in welding as i said in earlier posts, stick welding hardly any problem, wire welding not so good.

Astigmatism means that your eyeball is not perfectly round, it’s sort of an oval shape instead.  I’m 48, got reading glasses when I turned 40, after about a month I said F*ck this and went to contacts.  About 2 years ago my eye doctor recommended split vision, my left eye reads close up (like my phone) and my right eye sees distance. No complaints except when I’m in church trying to read the screen at the front of the sanctuary, my left eye wants to read it but it’s far enough away that my right eye has to read it. 

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I'm 75 and had mine done a couple or three years ago.......

Since I was used to readers, I went with the distant vision..........

I can see now like I did as a kid....:rolleyes:

Absolutely amazing!!!!!

Mike

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I've had both of mine done.  Be aware that cataract problems can develop quickly.  I went from no mention 2 years before to "As soon as possible".

A very schmick procedure.  I got microstents as well for a glaucoma problem.  I wasn't asked as to the range question - I guess the assumption was long range. 

20/20 both eyes with no glasses.

For Mike Newman - one of those "cant's" is likely fixable.

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I will turn 79 in 2 weeks, been lucky on vision, started on glasses when I turned 15 YO, for distance vision. My vision actually improved in  my late 50's except for close up. Last time at the eye doc he said I had some cataracts in one eye but not bad, said mostly would affect night vision (very little change in prescription) and to stay in touch, that was 2 years ago.  So long as I can see the computer screen and read road signs, I will continue with my current vision and see where it goes.  My current difficulty is reading the low contrast laser marked items like taps and drill bits. No issue with a stamped drill bit.  Really bad, are the laser etched plastic electronics parts that also faded over time.

Good luck folks, do the best with what you have to work with.

 

 

 

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FIL had his done several years before he passed Nov 22. Problem was the lense moved or was not put on correctly. He only had blurred vision. Whats worse he only had vision in one eye and they almost blinded him in the one they removed the cataract from

He also had terrible hearing from farm life and spent 10s of 1000s on hearing aids and at the last could only hear the MIL

Then add Parkinson's to the mix.! you would have thought they would have paid extra attention to his surgery . They said they could try to fix it but it could make him blind 

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On 1/20/2023 at 11:31 AM, Ihfan4life said:

Father in law had cataract surgery, I don’t remember hearing anything about corrective lenses being used but his vision is better than 20/20 after surgery. I thought any correction was due to the surgery itself but not a lens installation. I will need to ask him… 

no idea on costs.

Yes, that is the surgery. They remove your lens from your eye and replace it with an artificial one.

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14 hours ago, oleman said:

I will turn 79 in 2 weeks, been lucky on vision, started on glasses when I turned 15 YO, for distance vision. My vision actually improved in  my late 50's except for close up. Last time at the eye doc he said I had some cataracts in one eye but not bad, said mostly would affect night vision (very little change in prescription) and to stay in touch, that was 2 years ago.  So long as I can see the computer screen and read road signs, I will continue with my current vision and see where it goes.  My current difficulty is reading the low contrast laser marked items like taps and drill bits. No issue with a stamped drill bit.  Really bad, are the laser etched plastic electronics parts that also faded over time.

Good luck folks, do the best with what you have to work with.

 

 

Keep up your regular eye checks.

Over 75 here you need an annual medical for a driver's license.

I had an optometrist eye  check up two years prior and there was no mention of cataracts.  Then two years later  the doctor doing the driver' medical said "I'm not passing you till you see an optometrist".   So I was on a 6 months car only license and lost my Heavy Rigid ticket.  So I did.  The optometrist said "Cataracts" and the advice was "op as soon as possible".

We have a visiting specialist to the major local hospital who seems to have done the eyes of about at least half the district.

I am now back to a Light Rigid truck ticket, eyesight is good enough for Heavy Rigid but hearing, age (80) and no need for it means I likely won't go further.  Tempted on principle though.

There were a few don'ts after the op - 

- Sunglasses mandatory till things get adjusted

- It might take 3 - 4 days for vision to clear.  Mine both were fine the next day, a friend did have that delay

- It takes up to a week for things to seal up properly so stay out of dust etc.  Only person I've heard that has had problems seems didn't stay out of the cattle yards.

- And don't get your eyeballs lower than your arse in that time, so jobs like shearing are out for the duration.

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