Thanks, RE: Crystalens..what a waste, wear glasses all the time! RE: Macular edema.. big problems. No treatments work, and I still have macular fluid now three years later. Vision is distorted, spotty, things look small, glassy, glarey..can't read at close up in affected eye at all and eye chart vision is slowly declining (20/20 ..20/40..20/50) Wish I could find a treatment for chronic macular edema, but seems there's none out there.
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I sent you a note with the information, but I am not sure it went through, let me know if you got it
Hi Caren, Yes the word is Presbyopia and I do wear reading glasses.My problem seems fixed with the use of a contact in left eye now. I am curious I had retinal surgery 18 mos. ago and have now developed an mild ERM. I saw that you had IOL inserted a year ago and had a vitrectomy 4 mos. ago. how did you get the ERM. Cheers
Caren123 Thank you for your answer regarding the "floaters". Your described what I am seeing exactly. I feel relieved to hear from someone who went through it. Not that I didn't believe my doctor, but it is good to know from someone who has been through it. Thanks craftylym It has been four weeks, and I hope they go away soon. What a bother.
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Just a quick note to say hi! Oh I didn't let the original surgeon touch the second surgery. I figured if they were stupid enought to use the Restor lens I needed to see someone else . That's what I did, got a referral from an 2nd opinion and I'm much better for it. Teaching hospitals are more up to date on information where as the public doctors believe what the salesman tells them.
Just a quick note to say hi! Report problems with the FDA MAUDE database. Seems as tho all they do is keep statictics. I had requested prior to surgery that the dr submit all of the surgery to Insurance. This I repeated 3 times they did not do this. When they finally did it was a code that said the product was nonmedically necessary. I told the insurance it was necessary. That when a lense is taken out something must be put back in. So my insurance agreed to pay it but at the negotiated rate to the doctor. That was $200. per lense. The office was so mad they had many a word with me. I held my ground and told them they were legally bound as a provider to follow their policy with ins. I got a lot of the surgery reprocessed correctly by the ins. I got over $4,000
Thanks for sharing your experience and helping me with my decision.
I'm delighted with the results of my first surgery. Planning to have the other eye done in a few weeks. Will go with a little monovision.
Thanks for your help. -Sallie
Thanks. Had a monofocal AMO acrylic lens put in last Thursday. I needed too strong of a lens for the Technis. So instead I got a spherical older AMO model. So far see 20/20 for distance. I have some halos but usually just a \ mark through the lights at night. Some lightning flashes in florescent light. I think it is just the glare on the lense. Again no pain but will be careful bc of r.d. possibility. Need reading glasses for anything less than 28 inches or so.
Plan to wear contact in the right eye and delay surgery on it until its so bad I cant stand it. Then I will wear reading glasses. Mono vision does not seem to suit me as well. (although I am some what using monovision now with my contact lense.)
Keep me informed how you are doing. Us folks need to stick together.
good point. Crystalens lens without mini monovision would probably require readers. I am a high myope -16 in left eye with a cataract. I was told the only option for me is a technis acrylic. He did not say whether it was monofocal or not but I assume it is.
Thanks for your note, Caren. I am wondering if the Crystalens AO will be a better lens with less complications. Do you know any one who has had them implanted? What did you have and how are you doing?
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That's awful. I hope we can get some info.
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I reread your post and see that your surgery is not scheduled yet. Go for it!
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Thank you so much for your concern.It is so hard to get solid answers to these problems!
,Sorry to hear you are hving so much trouble. I know the feeling. I am an avid reader and I want what I read to be perfectly clear and using the readers achieves this. Good luck to you. I hope things clear up very soon and you get a good final outcome.
After reading your previous posts and other comments I tend to think its the Crystalens. My dr. suggested them and after I did some research I nixed it. Way too many unhappy people out there for me. Your Dallas Crystalens guru will more than likely try to keep you in them simply because that's what he makes his big money on. I used Berkley Eye Clinic here in Houston. Dr. Caplan. They sell Restor, Crystalens and Alcon's Acrysoft mono lens. Otherwise, I sympathize with your situation. They can explant your lens too.
Ok, lets see if I can best describe this. I have a 24" computer monitor that I use at 24" without glasses just fine. IF I hold my iPhone at arms length same results but it's better with the readers. When reading the newspaper at abt 18" I prefer 2.25 readers. Same for reading my Kindle. Small print on medicine bottles clearly legible with the 2.25 readers. I now enjoy shopping and seeing items clearly without glasses. But best of all is the fantastic distance vision I now have. So using readers for reading is no problem. Describe your current eye prescription. Astig may be a problem if greater than 1.5.
Caren, I need readers (walmart) for the small print in the newspaper. Not the larger print. I can shop without glasses but I do need them to read the smaller print on packages. Sometimes I am reading things that are small and realize that I did not need to put on my glasses! Driving day and night is excellent. After what I went through with the Restor I would gladly wear glasses all the time if I had to. That is what I told my(new) Dr. and we went for the distance and I got it all except for very small print. I am so very happy with my vision with the Tecnis Aspheric monofocals. I wish I would have gone with the monofocal from the start.! But remember everyones eyes are different so a choice needs to be discusssed with your Md. But I would stay away from multifocal. Lorraine
Hi Caren, Thanks for checking in! I have my initial appointment for a 2nd opinion with Dr. Whitman, who is supposed to be the Crystalens "guru" in Dallas on Monday 2/22. I sure hope he can do something to help as my eyes hurt all the time and the floaters seem to be getting worse. But, I won't know anything more until then. I'm so glad you found a good doctor who can help and is talking to you about everything. I'll keep you posted.
Dr. Oyakawa has a Crystalens, and he's had multiple surgeries for RD and ERM. He also implants the Crystalens (with good results) in patients with a history of retinal problems. Maybe you need to find a more experienced Crystalens surgeon.
I am so sorry you are having even worse problems then I am. When I questioned my surgeon about not being told all the risks he just said "you signed a consent form" didn't you? I don't believe that should totally let doctor's off the hook because if you read all the potential warnings that come with any medication, prescription or over the counter, you would never take ANY medications. I told him I had put my trust in him, not the warning labels that the lawyer's use for CYA against lawsuits. Anyway, I have made an appointment with the so-called Crystalen's guru in Dallas for 2/22/10 for a 2nd opinion - Dr. Jeffrey Whitman. I just pray he will have a solution. Good luck to you.
Hi Caren, I left you a note last night but I'm not sure if it went thru, so I'm sending you another one. The timing of you e-mail was amazing! I have a consult with an eye surgeon on Tues, Feb 2. I'm strongly considering going with a monofocal IOL that will allow me to continue to have good near vision. I'll continue to wear glasses for distance vision. About a year ago I had a consult with this same surgeon and she was pushing the Crystalens. Perhaps it was because she had the impression that distance vision without glasses was more important to me than near vision without glasses. After thinking about it and researching the matter for a year, near vision seems like a better outcome for me. Your e-mail saying that you wish you'd gone that route reinforces the direction I'm heading.
I made it to my 2-week follow up appt. yesterday with the ophthalmologist. He says "Your progress is about where I would expect at this point." They say I am seeing 20/50 out of the Crystalens eye, but frankly, I think that is being a little generous. Doctor says that "Your main issue is astigmatism." OK, so I wait patiently and go back in another 2 weeks.
I am being encouraged to practice reading without my glasses and to exercise those ciliary muscles, so here I go!
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Thank you, Caren. It helps so much to have support for these vision journeys. Definitely let's keep in touch and monitor our mutual progress. In 5 minutes, I am off to my 2-week follow up with my opthalmologist. I will let you know what he says. Ciao!
Thanks for your response Caren. I saw my optometrist when it happened about 3 weeks ago. I had "flashings" in the corner of my left eye. Flashings are mostly gone but every once in a while I get these long, stringy, smoky,sometimes clawlike filiments in the corner of my eye and moves across the eye. Very annoying. NOticed recently that the visoin in this eye has gotten hazy, like looking out a dirty window. Seeing doc again tomorrow. Nice chatting with someone who has the same thing. Thanks Joe
Thanks, I'm glad I'm not the only one who wonders about this. They will also say "You have improved" and it really doesn't seem like I have.
A few weeks ago you posted a response to my concern about flashes in the eye. You were diagnost with a problem with the vitreous fluid in the eye. You also stated that you have an increase in floaters. May I ask a question? My floaters have increased and are usually in the outside corner of left eye. Most of my floaters consists of "cobweb like" or "whiffs of smoke" type floaters. Today I am having an increase of these floaters. They are somewhat distracting. Do you still experience this type of floater? and do they get to the point of being very distracting? Mine feel like I have something in my eye. Is this normal especially since we both have problems with the vitrious fluids in our eyes? Thanks for your time.
Hi, I've been researching my options for cataract surgery for a couple of years now, and I can't remember all of the sources where I learned that some surgeons considered mild myopes to be the most difficult patients to make happy. I have a hard copy folder that I've kept, however, and one article I saved was entitled, "Surgeons get a handle on presbyopic lenses." If you Google that title, you'll find a comment that stuck out for me on page 45 of the article at the bottom of the middle column and the top of the third column. I've never been able to find an explanation of why some surgeons have this opinion. That's why I posted my question on MedHelp. I haven't got much for responses to the question.
I called the vision center back and switched to a monofocal lens.
Thanks! I am really torn between the Crystal Lens HD and the monofocal. I am going to get a second opinion.
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Hope you are doing ok. I know about having lots of questions. Hope and pray you get them all answered. Prayers to you. Please keep in touch!