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Recovery from Cataract Sugery

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Hi all. I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. Toric lens in right eye 14 Jan  2016 (detached Retina 17 March 2015) and 21 Jan 2016 had a reg lens in the left eye.  My surgeon said my healing is ahead of schedule and said I will only need OTC readers. My vision is crystal clear from about 2 ft to 6 ft or so then becomes slightly blurred. When I'm outside everything looks good so I'm wondering if some of this is dependant on the light source. I go back to see the Retina Specialist 2 Feb and the Cataract specilaist 15 Feb. I know everyone heals differently so my question is Did anyone here continue to see improvement in their vision for several weeks. I've been wearing glasses for 50+ yrs so the idea that I wouldnt need them sounds great but at this point I feel I may still need them. Sorry for the long post:-)

TIA Teddy

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

Teddy, I'm happy to hear of your good progress and will be watching for answers along with you.  My husband goes to a surgeon in a couple of weeks to discuss cataract surgery on both eyes, so when I saw this thread, I immediately opened to see what info anyone had.

 

Congratulations on your good results.

 

Jane

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

I wore prism trifocals for 30 years and now, after cataract surgeries and correction of my crossed eye, I use only 1.00 or 1.25 OTC readers.

 

I had severe double vision before the third surgery and because of THAT, I have only plain lenses in my eyes, no correction, but my vision is like a miracle to me.

 

Hope your vision is just what you are hoping, even if a little tweaking is needed.

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

Hi Teddy,

 

I've had retinal tears and laser to both eyes about 10 years ago. Cataract surgery on my right eye this past summer. Like you, I've had glasses (thick glasses) since the thrid grade so cataracts were a blessing to me. I just went to the eye doc this past week and my vision is excellent in my right eye post cataract. I have a small one in the left eye that they will remove sometime this year. Still need a contact for distance correction in my left eye. My vision is always obstructed by all the junk floating aroud due to the retina issues. My personal experience with cataract surgery has been great and no correction needed in my right eye. I'm seeing 20/20. I hope you experience the same!

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

@Teddy55

 

In reading through your post, noticed the dates and they seem to refer to last year, as we haven't reached February or March of 2016.

 

If you had the surgery in 2015, can you provide an update, as I'll be having cataract surgery next week.

 

Thanks.

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

I just had cataract surgery left eye- 12/14/15 and right eye 1/11/2016.  My surgery on my right eye was perfect, but unfortunately, because of a retinal tear in my left eye about 15 yrs. ago, I have some cloudiness, and I may require some additional surgery!  The doctor told me that my vision would never be as good in my left eye as my right, but with the two together, my vision should ok!  I go back in 4 mos. to see how my left eye is doing to see if I will require more surgery!  

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

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I corrected the dates in the orignial post. Sorry for the confusion xx

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Hooty,

I'm in Huntsville, AL.  I had a partial Detachment last March in my Right eye. Surgery to repair it involved the gas bubble.  Recovery went well til the 3 month mark and my vision became increasingly cloudy since the cataracts had grown quickly.....really had no choice but to move forward with the surgery.

 

I have heard also that at some point a laser treatment (in office) is needed to clear the cloudiness of the implant. Our neighbor who is in his mid 40's recently had cataract surgery and 6 months later had to have the laser treatment b/c of cloudiness

 

Just feeling a little frustrated since Dr seems to think all I will need is readers but my vision is still blurry...I need to be more patient :-)

Teddy

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

@Teddy55, nice to meet you  .........  I am in Montgomery!

 

Back when I had my retinal tear, I had laser to repair, the first time it didn't take, fluid got underneath, and had to have it done again, but since then, never had any problems since then.  I am not surprised about this, but I too am very disappointed, I just hope I don't have to surgery again in 4 mos.!  Best of luck to you!Smiley Happy

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Re: Recovery from Cataract Sugery

 

I wore bifocals for many years and then graduated to trifocals for 15 years. Had a MultiFocal iol put in my Left eye first/then a MonoFocal iol put in my Right eye.

 

Haven't needed glasses since, not even for the small print on my prescription bottles. Didn't consider the time after surgeries as "recovery time". To me the 4 times a day eye drops I considered more as a "pain in the butt" than a recovery.

 

You @Teddy55 had anything but a routine cataract surgeries. I am happy you are getting there.

 

 

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