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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

hckynutjohn,

Yes the eye drops are a pain. I also had an additional drop for increased pressure for a week. Tomorrow I decrease to 1 drop in the Right eye for another week. One more week of 4 drops still in the Left.

 

The worst part of ALL of this is that my dear mom passed away the morning of my emergency surgery to repair my detached retina:-( I had gone to the nursing home for a visit before my eye appt....held her hand while she took her final breath....my appt showed my retina had begun to detach so I had emergency surgery that day...

 

My mom lived w/us for 5 yrs and during that time she also had cataract surgery AND surgery to repair a detached retina...I now see the surgeon I took my mom to....so many reminders

 

It has been a rough 10 months to say the least.....

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My understanding about the surgery is that the eye does improve over several weeks.  At least my surgeon didn't want me to change my glasses until at least 6 weeks had passed.

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

Teddy and hooty, glad to "meet" you guys--I'm in the Muscle Shoals/Florence area.  I'm so sorry you had to have surgery on the day your mom passed--how traumatic!

 

Jane

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Thanks millieshops!!  I had done lots of research and my Dr is also confident that I will just need readers so I need to relax and take one day at a time :-)

 

Teddy

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Hi Alajane, yes it was and continues to be such a sad time...everything I did every decision I made revolved around mom for the past 8 1/2 yrs.....I find it so ironic that the day I am no longer a caregiver I am the one needing care :-/

 

Grateful for my wonderful husband of 41 years <3

 

I will feel more better after seeing the Retina specilaist next Tuesday

 

Roll Tide or War Eagle......it's all good :-)

 

Teddy

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

@Teddy55, I've had surgery in both eyes, I have the mono-vision, so don't need glasses for anything, it's like a miracle

But to your question, many of my friends have had that waiting time, & it worked for all of them, eyes slowly became better & better, so hang in there, Good Luck

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Thanks spix...appreciate the encouragement :-)

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@Teddy55  Hi there.  I hope all goes well with your next appointment.

 

I, too, had both cataracts done in Sept. 2014, two weeks apart.  My doctor gave me lenses for distance and told me I "might" just need readers.  I absolutely needed readers and in case you don't know this, you can get them at the Dollar Tree if you have one nearby.  I have 15 prs. all around my house in different "powers"....

 

Unlike you, I need 300 for reading, 250 for computer use and 120 for reading the small print on the TV.  It's a PITA going to the grocery because I need different glasses for walking around, looking at prices, reading labels, etc......  I went back to him Wednesday for an eye exam for "real glasses" and he said I should have Progressives..... I can't wait to get them.  I don't need glasses to drive or walk around the house.... 

 

I see you live in Huntsville.  By any chance, have you ever heard of Dr. Jim Byrne (a Retina specialist)??????

 

Again, good luck with your future appts. and keep us informed...... 

 

ETA:  I forgot to mention, I also had the YAG laser treatment in both eyes (a month apart) within the last few months.  I can finally see clearly now and my vision will never change... (or so they tell me)......

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Hi Sophiamarie,

 

When the optometrist sent me to the Retina Center I saw Dr Byrne.  One of the other Retina specialist that was on call performed the surgery but now for follow ups I go to Dr Ready.  He was also my mom's surgeon/Dr.

 

Today starts the 1 week of the Pred 2x a day. Still 3 drops in the left for another week

 

In the morning before I put any drops in I can see the tv and print pretty well. As I put the drops in and later in the day my distance vision becomes more blurred.

 

Yes, I picked up a pkg of 4 reading glasses at Sams for 19.99.  I purchased the 1.25 and they are sufficient for reading etc. I tried various strengths and all distance looked blurry through them. Will check out the ones at the Dollar Tree in Madison that I go to.

 

Looking forward to my appt on Tues....fingers crossed I get a good report and my vision continues to improve.  Will update after the apptSmiley Happy

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@Teddy55  Thanks for getting back so quickly.  I also bought my first 4- pack at Publix for $20..... Then, I was in Dollar Tree one day and spied the glasses... I went to town.  LOL

Imagine, getting all these glasses for $1?????  I got exactly the same glasses as the ones at Publix.  I mean EXACTLY.  The writing and all is the same.  One pair is RayBan and one is Foster Grant.  I really went to town but it is a PITA as I said.  Glasses all over the house.  Not convenient at all....  I really need Progressives, especially when I'm shopping.

 

You will do a lot better after the drops are over and your sight comes back to normal.  You do know that as the day progresses, your eyes get tired and your vision changes.  Nothing to worry about.  That's a normal thing.  I also find that when I put drops in my eyes at night, they seem to have crystalilzed during the night and there is all this crustiness in my lashes in the morning.   Oh well - it's a small price to pay....

 

Keep in touch.  I'll be thinking about you and waiting for a report on Tuesday.....