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My Cataract Surgery and Recovery Experience

Updated on April 22, 2016

Cataract Surgery Is Not Your Mother's Surgery

Cataract surgery once considered a major operation. Years ago, a large incision with a knife would be made on the eye to take out the cataract lens. This calls for a higher chance of infection. A patient would stay in the hospital at least a week. Recovery rate could take up to six months.

Today an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted following a small incision. Replacing the existing crystalline lens clouded over by a cataract. A very simple procedure taking around fifteen minutes to perform and the patient leaves the same day.

With all surgery, there is risk. Inform yourself thoroughly about the benefits and possible risk, what all is involved and the different type of lens implants. Remember that not everyone will heal the same. Personally, I know people who have had cataract surgery with no complications.

This is my story.

Cataracts Can Happen at Any Age

My Case Is Not Typical

Majority of patients recover well. With the fast growing cataracts that I had, I would eventually be blind if it were not for the surgery.

Shining Stars in the Sky - One of Several Types of Cataracts

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Star Sky Graphic Night on Pixabay

"Your eyes are like stars in the sky." Dr. J said to me after examining my eyes. I had several small specks scattered on the lens of both eyes. It did not interfere with my vision. Except for night driving which was unpreventable during the cold months of leaving the office at night. Streetlights, lighted signs, all seemed bright and glaring.

What could have caused this?

I was only in my twenties. At that time, there were reports of electromagnetic radiation emitting from computers that could cause anything from cancer, cataracts, carpal tunnel and miscarriages. I was certain that it was due to excess computer use at work. Nevertheless, as quickly as this news appeared it suddenly disappeared as if it never existed.

Dr. J said that the cause of my cataracts was unclear. It could have been something I have had since birth and too small to be noticeable before, called congenital cataracts. Generally, it does run in the family. My maternal grandmother had cataracts. My mother had cataracts. She developed hers years later in life...as a senior citizen.

A few years later, after going to my ophthalmologist, there was no progression with my eyes. My cataracts may never change or decades later grow to the point of surgery. This was reassuring since my insurance no longer covered routine examines by an ophthalmologist.

Torn Cornea Brought Me Back to Doctor J - Years Later

Lighting over a torn cornea
Lighting over a torn cornea

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By time summer of 2011 came around, driving at night was more difficult. Besides the glare, brightness and halo effect associated with cataracts, dimly lit roads made me feel edgy. Driveways to stores and to my own home were hard to see until I was right there. The fluorescent lighting in buildings hurt my eyes. Faces became harder to recognize from a distance. For reading, the computer and other close work, this was not a problem.

"Fast growing cataracts" were the words I heard from my optometrist, in December 2010. I noticed a difference with my left eye, but it was both eyes with a new type of cataract forming over my non-changeable stars in the sky. She said that before the end of the following year, I would be getting surgery... Oh, how I wanted to prove her wrong.

Then in July 2011, my husband accidentally poked me hard in my right eye. His thumbnail torn the cornea, sending me to see Dr. J, many years later from the first time I had seen him. His dark hair was now white and balding. He did not remember me. As he put it, he has had thousands of patients since then. (Read about my experience, titled Poke in the Dark)

He said that we needed to schedule cataract removal as soon as my eye healed. I watched a short video about implant replacement. It started out that this is primary an old age problem of people in their 70's. Much of the video was pleasant enough until the end with the explanation of possible side effects of surgery. Symptoms included eye swelling, blurriness, infection and the last one mentioned...total blindness. Then the screen went blank.

So You've Got A Cataract?: - What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery:

So You've Got A Cataract?: What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery: A Patient's Guide to Modern Eye Surgery, Advanced Intraocular Lenses & Choosing Your Surgeon
So You've Got A Cataract?: What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery: A Patient's Guide to Modern Eye Surgery, Advanced Intraocular Lenses & Choosing Your Surgeon

Understanding cataract surgery before you go through it is important. This book helps gives the advise you need to make that decision.

 

Understand What to Expect

Day of the First Surgery - September 6, 2011

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Medicine Medical Surgery Nurse Doctor Physician

After two days of post eye drop placement and making sure not to eat or drink anything at least twelve hours prior to surgery, today was finally the day. Schedule at 9 a.m., arriving at 7 a.m., the nurse came in every few minutes to add dilating drops in my left eye. At 8.a.m., she wheeled me into the surgery prep room. This room holds four patients at a time and Dr. J's assembly line. For another hour, I waited there and ever so often, the staff would come around asking everyone their name, age and birth date. Mine stayed the same! As the youngest, I listened to the ages of the other patients. Two were in their 80's and one was 63.

At 9.a.m., it was my turn. I went with the general. Shortly after entering the operating room, it was lights out. Normally a local anesthesia is given for this type of surgery. However, I made it clear that I did not want to see instruments coming at me. The surgery takes 15 minutes, and then the patient is brought back to their room. The patient who undergoes a local anesthesia will get a snack and something to drink and then discharged shortly after. With the general anesthesia, the patient has to stay in a recovery room for at least 30 minutes, then to their room where they have to wait a little longer. Food is not an option due to possible stomach upset. My nurse said as if taunting me, "Your roommate will get a snack and you won't."

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Post Surgery Follow Up - Left Eye

Optometrist Doctor Patient Eye Exam Examination
Optometrist Doctor Patient Eye Exam Examination

When I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee in my 20s, my orthopedic surgeon said to me, "You heal like a 70 year old." That right there should have been an indication of how well I would heal. Seeing Dr. J the following day of surgery, he said that people heal at different rates. The swelling in my left eye was causing everything to look cloudy.

One week later, I was seeing clearly except for cloudiness around the outside edge of my eye with a shadow of a half moon. This shadow is the edge of the lens. It is common to see it when there is excess swelling of the cornea. At this point, I was upset with my ophthalmologist. I could see distance but could not read the newspaper. He did not explain to me that there were different type of lens implants. He did not give me the option to decide which way I wanted to go. My insurance does not cover, presbyopia-correcting IOLs (intraocular lenses) that will correct both near and far vision, Dr. J. implanted the monofocal lens, which comes in two types. One for distance and one for close up. Some people opt for one of each type of the monofocal lenses. But not everyone can coordinate their eyes nor get use to it.

Communicating the differences prior to surgery and then allowing me to decide if I was willing to pay for the upgrade would have been the proper thing to do. Since surgery was over with the left eye, I did not want to add extra stress with favoring one eye over the other. I decided to go with the distance lenses for the other eye too. Both eyes will require reading glasses.

Insurance Companies and Cataract Surgery

Going Halfway

Getting Lasik surgery to rid yourself of glasses on otherwise healthy eyes is one thing and should not be compared to wanting perfect vision after cataract surgery. In my opinion lens implants should only be presbyopia-correcting IOLs (corrective vision for far and near) called multifocal lenses after cataract surgery.

Insurance companies should cover this. It is not vanity. You are having a defective lens replaced with a halfway finished lens. It is my opinion that monofocal lenses should not even exist.

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Right Eye Cataract Surgery - September 20, 2011

Cataract surgery recently performed
Cataract surgery recently performed

Considering myself a strong person with a high tolerance of pain, I may be one of the few women in this country who have not gone for the epidural during natural childbirth. This time, I could handle the local anesthesia. Repeating the same preparations as before and seeing some familiar faces. The same assembly room, four beds and anesthesiologist, who did not remember me from the last visit. But in that period of time, Dr J. could have had 1,000 patients pass through. The anesthesiologist looked at the chart and said, "You are way too young for this."

At 9 a.m., my nurse wheeled me to the operating room. There in the cold room, a cloth placed over my face, and then one of the surgeons cut a hole in the cloth for my right eye. I felt the pressure of the wire speculum to keep my eye open. One Surgeon said he would irrigate my eye throughout the procedure. At first, I had seen the water flushing over me. Movements of quick bright red geometric shapes appeared, moving in closer to my eye. Which may be from blood vessels or one of the instruments used during surgery.

Fifteen minutes later, it was over. Brought back to my room, had my apple muffin and cranberry juice. Then discharged from the hospital.

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Following Cataract Surgery on Both Eyes - Time Will Heal

Optometrist Doctor Patient Eye Exam Examination
Optometrist Doctor Patient Eye Exam Examination

Seeing Dr. J a day after my second surgery, my right eye was as cloudy as the left one was after surgery. Both eyes still had considerable swelling to the cornea. Assured that after it all goes down, my vision will continue to improve. Course I am an impatient person. A trait of a Capricorn.

The second day after surgery on my right, the cloudiness was gone, except for the corner and the half moon image of the lens.

My vision continued to get better in both eyes, though there was still is a bit of cloudiness around the edges, nothing that would change. Patience is what I needed to allow time for it all to be where it should be. It could take weeks or months.

First Week after Cataract Surgery - Things to Avoid for One Week

The follow up after surgery, I was given a list of things to avoid the first week. Told that I could do almost everything, including working on the computer, although know my limits to avoid eye stress and strain.

During the first week, my husband suggested that we do some aerobics. Due to his disappointment, I pointed to restriction number 2.

  1. Do not rub or bump the eye or apply pressure to the eyelids.
  2. Avoid jarring, falling bumps and activities such as tennis, racquetball, aerobics, swimming or jogging.
  3. Do not lift greater than 30 pounds.
  4. No pools, hot tubs or natural bodies of water.

Cataract Surgery - Warning: Not for Weak Stomachs

Healthy Eyes with Preventative Treatment - Avoid Cataracts Before They Happen

Can you prevent cataracts? The answer to that is yes and no.

Diabetes can cause cataracts. A diabetic friend developed cataracts. He began to eat healthy and exercise. The cataracts went away.

Another cause is radiation exposure from the sun, medical treatment and other exposures. Hereditary, handed down from parent to child. In other cases, the formation of cataracts may be unknown.

Certain vitamins and minerals can help in preventing cataracts and keeping healthy eyes, such as vitamins A, C and E. Many supplements for eyes have a combination of these vitamins and minerals.

Blue Tinting After Surgery - I See Blue People

It is normal to see a blue tint after surgery. It is just your eye or eyes adjusting to true colors.

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One to Three Month Update

The Follow Ups

My first month appointment after surgery, I was told my eyes were healing well. However, because of my age, young people tend to heal slower than the elderly would heal. Funny, you would think it would be the other way. In a strange way was flattening, for Dr. J to call me YOUNG.

There was still some inflammation, the swelling was down and Dr. J told me to continue with the drops for the next couple of weeks with the eye drops. I did complain to him that it looked like I was seeing everything through goggles. Meaning my side vision did not seem right. He assured me that this too would get better.

My eyesight was clear and I no longer noticed the world in shades of blue. Dr. J said that he would see me in about eleven months.

Second Month:

Two weeks had passed since using the eye drops. Still had the goggle vision and my eyes did not feel right. A new symptom began to appear. Moving lights on the outer edges of the lens of both eyes and this was happening several times during the day and night.

Wondering if this could be a detached retina in both eyes. After reading online, that one of the signs is a bright moving light seen on the outer edge of the lens.

In Dr. J's office, I relayed what was going on. Relieved that there were no problems with the retinas, what I had was overly active dancing gel (as he called it) in the back of the corneas. This was causing the light movement affect. He assured that this would calm itself down in time.

Inflammation was still apparent in both eyes. Dr. J, told me to start up with the drops again and to see him in 3 to 4 weeks.

Before I left, he wanted to make sure I knew where my eyes were located and demonstrated for me how to put eye drops in.

Third Month Plus:

My appointment was on Dec. 28, 2011.

That dancing gel has been having one heck of a party and still dancing the night away!

Dr. J said that in some cases, this could lead to a detached retina. But, assured me that everything is fine there. The flashing light images that I have are quite common in the elderly.

Inflammation is still in both eyes. I am to continue another three weeks with the drops. In addition, for five days, I have to take oral Prednisone.

I asked him what is the next move if it still does not clear up and he told me that I will have to get shots underneath my eyes. I failed to ask what would be the next move after that.

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Sad Face Coaster - Funnyjokes Gifts Zazzle

Forth Month Update

This Won't Hurt a Bit

Jan. 18, 2012, steroid shots were places through the lower eyelids. Assured that it wouldn't be painful...the right eyelid was the worst, for Dr. J hit the bone.

Even after applying pressure on my eyes, the lids immediately swelled up. I looked like I had been in a fight. Dr. J said that he would see me in four weeks.

"What is the next step when this doesn't work?"

Dr. J responded that he would send me to a specialist. He believes that I have some type of immune deficiency. Nothing wrong with the surgery...everything is good on that end!!!

The following day, not only were my eyelids swollen, I now had a bruise under my right eye. My entire face was swollen, bright red and hot to the touch. My family wanted to take me to the hospital. Obviously, I had a reaction to the shots.

I didn't go to the hospital, the next day after that my face (except for the eyelids) were back to normal.

Jan. 29, 2012...there is NO CHANGE!

Photo is the Sad Face Coaster by Funnyjokes Gifts on Zazzle.

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Fifth Month of Healing - As Is

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Feb. 15, 2012, my next appointment with Dr. J. Nearly a month has past. I could tell that my eyes are better, but not 100%. Dr. J confirmed that. Some inflammation still exist. Yet he was convinced that it will only get better. There was no need to get a second opinion. He also assured me that the blurriness after long periods in front of the computer screen and around the outer edges of the eyes was normal. And that I was still adjusting to the lenses.

I am to continue with the steroid eye drops until my next appointment in July.

By now I have accepted this as how it will be. Damage goods, as is, life is good by lowering my expectations.

(Photo credit: When in Zazzle type in the Search Funnyjokes Gifts, then click on clothing. Not all of these are in this shop. Or go where it states Funnyjokes when looking at the clothing and then to the Things to Ponder product line. Also found here)

Ten Months Later

After all this time, I feel like my eyes have FINALLY healed.

Ending on a Happy Note

Until now, I had no idea the world was not shown in an antique tint. No wonder I love vintage products.

Update in 2013

In May 2013 I had what is called After Cataract or called the YAG Laser Treatment.

This is a cataract behind the lens of both eyes and can happen to some people after cataract surgery.

Disappointed - I Won't Sugar Coat This

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If I had to do it over again, I would get multifocal lens, the presbyopia-correcting IOLs (corrective vision for far and near). Even though my insurance considers that cosmetic cataract surgery, why would anyone want defective lenses replaced with imperfect lenses?

I am disappointed that my doctor was not upfront with me and extremely disappointed that my eyes are slow at healing after cataract surgery.

2016 Update

My vision is good. Though at times I see the racing lights at the sides of my eyes. I have what looks like 100's of floaters from the YAG Treatment. Some days it is not so bad and other days it bothers me.

I am still disappointed in my doctor for not being upfront.

I am disappointed that companies can sell lenses that I call defective. Because if they don't fix your vision to 20/20 far and near, then it is defective.

I am disappointed that the United States is one of the few countries that will allow companies and doctors to put in these cheaper lens implants.

Did you learn something about cataracts?

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      Sandy Mertens 9 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Glad this has helped, Daftbovine/

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      Daftbovine 10 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, it has helped me understand a lot about my cataract surgery.

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      Sandy Mertens 19 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Barbara, I am glad that you were given the choice upfront. Glad your minor problems are better now.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 19 months ago from Templeton, CA

      I had cataracts removed from both eyes late last year. I think I'm pretty much healed now, but I did have some minor problems after the surgery. I also had to choose whether to see near or far by default. I chose seeing close-up. I wear glasses for distance as I have since I was six years old. I'm sorry you had such a rough go of it with your surgery.

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      Sandy Mertens 19 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Cagsil Seems like there are some people like your grandmother that have medical issues that are ongoing. Thanks for commenting.

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      Cagsil 19 months ago from USA or America

      Extra-ordinary long article for such a common issue among people. My grandmother had cataracts done on both eyes because she issues with both eyes. But then again, she was medically screwed up for decades.

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      phoeba 3 years ago

      This will clear the doubts in the minds of people about cataract surgery. The only person that I know who have got a cataract surgery is my grandmother. She went to the eye hospital, Evergreen Eye Centre one morning, had her surgery a coupls of hours later and came back before evening. It is as simple as that. Just make sure that you take proper care of your eye for a few days after the surgery. Do not step into sunlight or allow dust to enter your eyes.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      It's good to know that the surgery is so much easier now than it used to be, but your story and how long it took you to get over it is not good.

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      robmonty88 3 years ago

      There are risks and complications to these eye surgeries not to mention how much they cost. Great lens and full of very helpful information.

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      You have been both lucky and unlucky - lucky in the sense that you still have your sight and unlucky not to have had the multifocal lens. Any surgery is potentially dangerous and always scary When I had my triple bypass 7 years ago I took the precaution of making out an up-to-date will!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Donna Cook: 20/200 vision is not so good. Good that you had the one eye done.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @PeeDub: Glad it is i working out for you. Thanks for all you info here.

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      PeeDub 3 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Hi Sandy, very pleased to hear your trials and tribulations are over! A couple of points I'd like to add - directed to those considering cateract surgery/lens replacement. There are three methods to replace the lens:

      1) extracapsular - the most common method in the US, but becoming outdated. It sounds like that was the method you endured, Sandy.

      2) intracapsular - the most aggressive approach, now rarely performed.

      3) phacoemulsification - the most minimally invasive approach with the fastest recovery. This is 'the latest' of the three and was the method I had.

      Info on these methods is freely available on the web. If your practitioner isn't doing method (3)... I'd want to hear a really persuasive argument as to "why not?".

      One other minor issue re your "Update in 2013". By definition, a cateract is a cloudiness or opacity in the lens of your eye. Following lens replacement surgery you don't have an organic lens, hence it is technically impossible to get another cataract. Your "capsulotomy" (the name of the procedure you likely had in 2013) almost certainly wasn't to remove another cataract...and if that's how your practitioner explained it I'd worry about their basic knowledge.

      In brief: Your eyes' lenses are contained in a capsule from birth. These capsules remain in the eyes after methods (1) and (3) to house the new (artificial) lenses.

      A small hole is made in the front of the capsule (during the operation) for you to see thru. In some people (myself included) opacity/cloudiness re-occurs in one or both eyes (my left eye only). This, however, is not a "cateract" in the traditional sense.

      It is actually the capsule(s) attempting to regrow a new lens!

      Normally (if you're older than teenage) you will only grow a single layer of new "lens" cells and then the process will fail. This layer of cells causes opacity however, a lot like the original cataracts (which explains the confusion over terminology).

      The YAG capsulotomy process "burns" a hole in the back of the lens capsule where the new cells have grown. The process is very quick, completely painless and almost always 100% successful.

      Once again, I saw a video on the web showing a highly respected US surgeon doing a capsulotomy. He applied something like an oversized contact lens to the surface of the eye to keep the eye open and aid in focussing the laser. It caused distress, discomfort and ongoing irritation to the patient for days afterwards. My surgeon did not use this method; he was appalled that anyone would still be doing it that way.

      I had some drops to open the pupils, sat with my head propped on a rest.. and ten seconds later it was over.

      A caveat: I'm not in any way an expert in medicine, eyes or anything else related to this discussion. But, I've been a patient for both these procedures...with a surgeon who was happy to explain the details before and after the processes.

      My understanding (from the surgeon) is that successful cataract surgery/capsulotomy are now commonplace, should be almost painless in practically any circumstance and produce a great result without complications in the vast majority of cases.

      If your practitioner is telling you anything else: get a second opinion.

      Cheers...................Peter from Sydney, Australia

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens! I so sorry that you had complications. I've had my right eye done with the corrective lens. After two years, I'm not 20/20 in that eye anymore, but much better than the 20/200 it was. Just waiting to get on Medicare to get my left eye done.

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      viv2515 3 years ago

      @PeeDub: HI Peter from Sydney, Great report! I'm also in Sydney - would you please send me the name of the Dr or the optometrist? Thanks. Viv2515@gmail.com

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      LadyDuck 3 years ago

      This is a very informative and useful article. I know that cataract can happen at any age. My husband is considering surgery, I will ask him to read this lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @PeeDub: My second surgery I had done without the general and wondered why I did not do that with the first one. It wasn't bad.

      So happy for you that it all went well and you now have the vision of a 16 year old. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      PeeDub 3 years ago

      I read, with alarm, this trying tale of this lens replacement due to cataracts. My first comment is: you need another practitioner! Apart from not informing you of the lens options, this person seems to be using methods that belong in the last century.

      A brief version of my experience: I've been acutely short-sighted all my life. I was 58 when told my cateracts were now so bad that I needed lens replacement. I went to a highly respected eye surgeon on the recommendation of my optometrist of 35 years.

      I had drops in my eye (he only does one eye at a time) to dilate the pupils, 10 minutes later, another drop to numb the eye surface. 15 minutes later, I was laying on the table, my eyes covered with a white plastic sheet. I saw a little light coming through an opening - all wildy out of focus, of course. A few minutes later (as I was getting ready to grit my teeth in expectation of the operation commencing) he said "Ok, all done now", removed the plastic sheet, I stood up and walked out.

      I had drops to prevent infection for four days; for the first day I used store-bought drops to lubricate the eye (at his suggestion).

      The entire procedure took less than 4 minutes, was completely painless - and remarkably stress-free, bearing in mind I was TERRIFIED of anything even approaching my eyes!

      He did the other eye a week later, with exactly the same process and outcome.

      The waiting room was full of older patients and a few younger ones. As far as I can tell, no one had a general to knock them out... and everyone emerging from his surgery looked unstressed, just as I was.

      My optometrist was completely unsurprised at my report of the "operation"; she sends all her patients to this surgeon, confident that they'll emerge with top class vision, no trauma, minimal side-effects and very low chances of infection.

      The moral of this story: ask around, question your optometrist, get a second opinion, talk to someone who has had the surgery with your prospective practitioner. There are good ones, and mediocre ones; contempory ones - with the latest techniques - and old stick-in-the-muds who haven't kept up to date with the 21st century. Although this operation has been performed for over 2000 years (yes, the Greeks and Romans did it), surgical techniques evolve all the time... this procedure is no exception.

      My other advice: in comparison to my vision before the lens replacements, I now have the vision of a 16 year old. This procedure is not to be feared...when you have a surgeon who knows how to do it.

      Best regards...........Peter from Sydney, Australia

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Stephanie36: I just regret that my doctor didn't tell me of the different lenses.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      My dad is starting to get cataracts, so it's good to read a bit more about the surgery. It's so great that it's much easier than it used to be, even if there are still of course risks.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @M_Ann_Musselman: Hope it heals for you and then the surgery should go good for you.

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      M_Ann_Musselman 4 years ago

      Very informative, Sandy. I do have a few cataracts, but I also have a vitreous membrane detachment that should heal up, I hope. Because of that, we will have to reconsider cataract surgery when they get worse. If the vitreous heals as it should, then that may be an option later on.

      I wrote a bubble about my ailment on Bubblews last week. My username is different there than here, but the picture is the same.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey friend. I think your site is very interesting for me, your site give me some important information, thanks a lot!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! I had no idea it could take so long to heal from cataract surgery. I agree that your doctor should have given you the option of the better lenses. Your story makes a good case for getting a second opinion no matter what procedure you need done. So glad your eyes finally healed, Sandy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I agree with most of the points you make within this content.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for this. My mother had cataract so I might find myself one day having it.

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      scholarlocker 5 years ago

      you people rock (Y)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      What a topic: a lens on a lens. I was scheduled to have mine done several years ago, but during prep work the doctor cut my eyelid. You can probably guess I didn't go through with the surgery. I'm glad your operation has proven to be successful.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      A friend has recently had this done. She is thrilled with her new sight.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I enjoy it as gives me new info about the surgery.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Thank you for sharing all this great information. Maybe someday soon I'll schedule my appointment in New Orleans and have mine done. If nothing else it seems to make for a great subject for a great lens.

      Tonyb

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi Sandy thanks for sharing your story about Cataract Surgery, I keep putting off my surgery. Great lens, Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Informative and professionally handled as usual. Nice work, Sandy. Some more angel dust for you!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @anonymous: Thanks for the info Kevin. I believe I have explained much of this. I complained to my doctor after what he did without consulting me first. I would have been willing to pay for the other lenses. He did mention that many people have the halo effect with the other lenses. But many family members have had the presbyopia correcting lenses put in without any problems.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Came across the article and interesting to see a detailed journal from the patient perspective. I would like to point out that (1) the lens implants you received were for distance only and these are MONOFOCAL implants that are standard and covered by insurance (2) you may not have been a candidate for a MULTIFOCAL implant (3) everyone loses the ability to focus up close over time unless myopic (near-sighted, in which case can't see clearly at distance)--in any case, presbyopia is a physiologic normal situation (4) the current multifocal ("presbyopia correcting") lens design has its shortcomings including decreased contrast sensitivity (lower quality of vision) and causing glare and haloes at night---many pay out of pocket for these and are still unhappy.

      Thanks for sharing the experience. I hope the above info is helpful.

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      rebwingfield 5 years ago

      Sandy...we have a lot in common. I have had both eyes done and now have 20/20 vision. Remarkable.

      Reb Wingfield, author, Marijuana Air Freight

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      EdmondHoggeJr 5 years ago

      Glad it helped out Sandy cateracts can be devastating but adding this to my new Lens on Health awareness thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just had to FB like this journey.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Whew! Your story can be such a help to others as they go through the process of cataract surgery to help them understand what to expect and to make choices like the type of lenses they may want. My Mom had cataract surgery in both eyes a while back and had some complications with recovery and wondered if it was worth it all but she must have received the presbyopia correcting lenses because she can now read the small print in the newspaper without glasses. I agree that is good wisdom you had to go with the distance on the second eye, but how discouraging! So well done and personal...blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm glad that your eyes have healed ... this is some remarkable lens. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wow, you have been through so much! I'm so glad to read that last comment that your eyes have healed. I hope there are much happier times ahead for you!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      It was nice to go through your experience. I have seen thousands of such case (by virtue of my job) and have found that some cases failed only because the aftercare precautions were no adhered to. Otherwise this is quite safe. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Andrej977 LM 5 years ago

      I love human anatomy. Great information about cataract.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Soulshine_Expressions 5 years ago

      Wonderfully well written and illustrated. One cataract down for me and one to go tomorrow. Nervous as all get out. I will say reading about your doctor makes me feel a little (although not much) better about mine. Glad you finally healed. This was definitely a great read. :)

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      orthopedic matt 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience and feelings on cataract surgery.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My mom had difficulty adjusting after her cataract surgery and cut back quite a bit on her reading, computer use and other activities requiring good eyesight. Finally she went to a specialist and was told that the operation had been botched. Some corrections were made that has helped her vision.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story, nicely done!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I am glad that you put your cataract surgery on paper as there are many people undergoing this operation now and many wonder exactly what will happen during the procedure. Thank you so much for sharing. I am getting up there and hoping that I can avoid it for at least another ten years but cataracts seem to naturally come to most people at some point or anther as we age.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Eye surgery is very frightening to me, thanks for sharing your story.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      I have catarats and I am basically blind in my left eye. the lens was very informative

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am fear of having eye surgery. This lense makes me feel alive at some level. Can I have my eyes done by a plastic surgeon Las Vegas

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Eek. Dreadful! Important information though.

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      Thank you for your lens. Mya first opthamologist appt is Thursday.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Bigdaddyguru: You poor thing.

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      Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

      Great lens, I had my eyes done last year. The first surgeon put the lens in my right eye off center. The second surgeon detached the retina in my left eye.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      What an awful, squeemy experience! I am glad you are better and living a life cataract-free! Your experience is a great resource!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm so sorry you had so many troubles after your surgery. :(

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I had my first cataract surgery at 50--the doctor told me babies are born with cataracts!!! I had never heard of this.

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      blondebecky 5 years ago

      sounds like such a bad time, i hate even a hair getting into my eye, good write up.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Glad you are on the mend. Whew! You have really had a rough time of it.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star. Hope your eyes continue to improve and the imflammation goes away. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      My father had better than 20/20 all his life, then as an elderly man had a detached retina and cataract surgery and lens replacement in one eye. He hates the difference in colors. He was a fantastic oil painter in his youth and color is very important to him. He needs his other eye worked on now with other cataracts and so far is refusing but the dr said he will lose vision totally if he does not have it fixed in that eye. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this at such a young age. I hope that over the years the drs come up with some better solutions for you.

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      goldroyce 5 years ago

      I love this lens! Just because I need information like this.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      So sorry that you had to go through all of this with your eyes but am glad I found this as my mother is having cataract surgery next month. Blessings for you that all goes well in the future!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Very interesting lens! ;)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think my cataracts are worsening lately, probably due to so much computer work. :-) Mine are definitely of the old-age variety, and I've known for a few years they were present, but they seemed to be growing at a slow pace. Doc said I should wait until they got worse before having surgery. Thanks for sharing this lens, it explained a lot to me. I'm sorry you had to go through all this so young.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had both eyes done over a period of two years. Sure made and improvement, especially the first eye. I was worried, most people are very careful when it comes to their eyes, but they give you so much good stuff you don't care. Not much discomfort. If you need it seriously think about it, it is the most common surgical procedure in North America.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      My husband's grandmother, 92, just had this surgery. Seems typical by that age, your case is sure unique. Hope all ended well for you.

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great lens... Great 'insight' for me. My surgery is years away, I hope! Thumbs up!

      P.S. Thanks for visiting my lens and leaving comments!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you for the awareness your doing, I had my eyes laser surgery 5 years ago and my eyes do great but I'm sure the older I get I'll need to do more things with my eyes.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      My eyes were don in June and July with not many problems afterwards. Thanks for sharing and featured this on Cataracts and Eye Care. Hugs

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had a small problem after my Cataract Surgery but nothing like yours. Hope you will soon be able to say that you were glad you had it done.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      I'm sorry to hear you have had such a disappointing journey with your eye surgery. My father had both retinas detach within a couple years of each other. He complains of the different colors from the lenses. My mother has had laser surgery for her eyes with glaucoma and had a bad time. I really feel for you and hope you heal soon and thank you for sharing your story.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent lens, Sandy, loaded with important information which could save a lot of suffering. Perhaps the most salient point you make is the necessity of asking QUESTIONS of your doctor (no matter what the operation) before surgery. I've nominated this lens for Lens of the Day. It (and you) deserve it. You've provided a valuable public service! Thank you for featuring my eye doctor cartoon mug!

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      I had Lasik last Spring and even though my procedure was not utopian or ideal, my vision and overall quality of life is immensely better. Definitely worth the trouble if one can swing it. I waited so many years before going through with it. #regretit

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I expect to be facing this rather soon. i'm scared to death of anything having to do with my eyes. Thanks for letting me know I probably will be able to still do my computer work. A very useful lens.

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      I had laser surgery for glaucoma in both eyes & was petrified. I admire your courage through all of this. Hope your vision is 100% soon and that you're doing well. This lens is blessed!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      My mother had cataracts and also had surgery. So if it happens, I hope I am brave like her (and you!). I would have been SO nervous. What a neat lens. Thank you!

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      This lens will be a great resource to so many - thanks for sharing!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience, I always like to read what others have been through before I have to go in for a procedure....especially if they are good:-)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness Sandy you have certainly been through the wringer. Thanks for sharing your story, I know this is going to help others going through issues with cataracts and surgery.

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      motorpurrr 6 years ago

      Really neat to read. thank you so much for sharing. Insruance is so backwards sometimes. It would be more logical to put in lenses that help you see. Well I'm glad you got it done and over with. Huggs

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I am glad you are recovering fast! I know how traumatizing this surgery experience can be. My aunt had the same surgery back in Russia and the recovery was quite lengthy and painful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent article Sandy, but I cringed all the way through it and could not watch the video. I am just really 'funny' about eyes and eye surgery.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      My mother just recently had to have cataract surgery on both eyes. It was remarkably fast in procedure and recovery time. Amazingly different from what my grandmother endured. This is still very scary for me. As always though, this is an extremely well written article :)

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      Jennie Hennesay 6 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I too have had cataract surgery in both eyes, but I don't feel that I have the ability to effectively write about it. All I can say about mine is I was astonished at the clarity of vision when they removed the bandage from the second eye. I have damage from glaucoma in the other one, so it wasn't too noticeable.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea they used different lens with Cataract surgery. The doctor should definitely have given you the option and explained the choices. It is your eyes after all - but sometimes doctors can be presumptuous. at least I find that with mine some times. Hope your vision continues to get better. I have a heredity link, and most likely I will develop cataracts. This has been an eye opener, excuse the pun.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I was informed at my last eye doctor visit that I am beginning to form cataracts and that was very scary to hear. Reading your personal account of the procedure has made me feel better.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @TonyPayne: I was seeing a blue tint. The other eye had a brown tint that I hadn't noticed before. For two weeks, it was strange looking through both eyes that way.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent job of recounting your experiences Sandy, pleased your eyesight is on the mend and I hope you are back to 100% soon. I wondered, if you were seeing things with a blue tinge, just how blue would the Blue Man Group appear? I would love to see them actually :) I came, I enjoyed my visit, and I left a blessing behind.

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story Sandy! All the best...

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @GonnaFly: I haven't done any night driving yet. Though I am sure I can. The sun isn't the only cause of cataracts, though it does play a big role. We should do all that we can to prevent them, if possible.

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I know I have been very fortunate with my overall health .

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. It's something I will have to do in the next few years. I did not know about the presbyopia-correcting IOLs. I would definitely want those.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      This is coming someday. You've made it less scary. Thanks

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      Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you are feeling better.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Well glad to see you are okay! What a story and thanks for sharing, and glad to see you back around Squidland!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh boy, this seems very scary to me. I elected not to have lasik because I'm a scaredy cat. My parents both had cataracts so it's possible I will too. Glad it worked out for you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Glad you are on the mend! Great information.