Eye surgery to remove cateracts and to implant new lenses. Has anyone had this done?
This is NOT LASIK surgery
Yes, I had cataract surgery done on the left eye in Jan. 2010, and will have cataract surgery on the right eye in a few weeks. Most people have their eyes done about 3 weeks apart, but I waited nearly two years between surgeries. I had the Crystalens implanted. So far I'm pleased -- however, you really cannot evaluate this IOL very fairly until you have both eyes done.
thanks.. i'm quite apprehensive about the procedure. I've asked my surgeon for some drugs to calm me down. I'm doing my right one in a week or two and my left one two weeks later....
Hi HA Kap
Yes I have recently had cateract surgery. Dec 2010 and Feb 2011. It has been one of the best things I have done!
It is outpatient surgery -- in and out the same day -- wearing street clothes. I went in at 10:00 am was out at 12:15 pm. Wearing no makeup I was wheeled into surgery room where Doctor and Assistant welcomed me. Doctor whiped my face with something then placed equipment around eye to hold in place. No problem. I was told to look at light. Doctor and equipment removed my lens (I honestly felt nothing) and all I could 'see' was blur. Then lense replaced. He gave me two stiches which I felt but absolutely no pain. I mean that. No pain.
After surgery I could see quite well, just a little blurry. Overnight I wore a see-through eye patch and everything was perfect the next day. Doctor gave me prescription eye drops before and after surgery and instructions not to bend down or wash my face or hair in the shower for one or two days.
Two months later I went through the process again.
Because I have 'long distance' sight and slightly different vision in each eye, the doctor took this opporunity to give me slightly different focal lengths in each eye.
I now wear glasses only for reading and with a much smaller adjustment level. Was as high as 3.25, after 1.75.
You should be able to trust your doctor and ophthalmologist/eye surgeon when she/he says your surgery will be fine.
Do not worry. Although you don't necessarily need anything to ease your worry, if your surgeon says OK, then go ahead. You will not feel very much at all during surgery, except for some new sensations, I repeat, it is not painful and the results are marvellous.
Cataract surgery has come a long way in just 10 years. No long time to recoup now.
my mum had it done a i think in 2010. It was a painless procedure but it took a bit of time to clearly see with that eye. all good now. make sure you follow the precautions the doctor instructs you after the surgery.
Good luck and nothing to be worried about ... the doctor did about 10 surgeries a day. it's become a routine thing so less chance of anything getting messed up.
Yes, my mom just had this done. She is doing really, really well. She was almost blind in that eye too but now she says she can see really clearly. Here's the key...when the doctor gives you the drops to use before and after, keep using them. If he gives you a patch to wear at night (for about 5 days or so) wear it and you'll see what a great difference it makes....good luck to ya...
You'll be fine! I've been an ophthalmic technician for over 15 years and I've assisted in MANY cataract surgeries. These surgeries have become so routine they aren't even considered major surgery anymore. It takes about 10 minutes to take the human lens out with a process called phacoemulsification, ya a fancy term for using sonic waves to break up the cataract and then vacuum it out. The implants are folded so the incision that needs to be made is tiny, and doesn't require any stitches. Inserting and unfolding the lens takes about five minutes. Then you're done! It's typically done with Versed, which is a conscious sedative. You're awake, but have no idea what is going on. This truly is the easiest surgery you will ever have.
Recovery time, assuming all goes well, is a total of four weeks. For the first 3 weeks you can't swim. Most surgeons won't let you pick anything up over ten pounds the first week, and no washing your hair. You'll use 2 or 3 different eye drops 3-4 times a day for the next two weeks to prevent infection. If you get the Crystal lens, you won't be allowed to read for a week to let the lens settle in properly. If you read to soon, you can cause the lens to shift forward making you farsighted and then you'll need glasses. Remember to check with you surgeon the day after surgery to verify all instructions, and always bring your drops with you the first day after surgery, unless you haven't gotten them yet.
My sister in law had her cateracts surgery yesterday and she is doing fine. She did not feel anything and happy with the procedure so far.
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