Sep 10, 2011
I did finally find some testimonials from real patients on MedHelp about the multifocal lens (the one that lets you see near, intermediate, and far all at once - literally all distances at the same time). Most people were complaining about them but people who are satisfied don't often post. I felt I had done enough research and was planning to get ReSTOR multifocal lenses in both eyes; didn't care how long it would take me to pay for them; being able to see without glasses was worth it to me.
But, my doctor changed his mind about how well they might work for me when, after wearing the contact lens for near vision in my non-dominant eye for three weeks, the astigmatism in that eye was 1.5. So we decided to put the plain distance vision lens in my dominant eye and a Toric lens for near vision in the non-dominant eye (this will correct the astigmatism in my cornea). Turns out the astigmatism is only .98 when the contact lens has been out of that eye for a week.
When I tried the contact lens, it took my brain less than an hour to switch to automatically processing information from either the near vision eye (with the contact lens in it) or the far vision eye depending on what I was looking at, and the whole 3 weeks of not having to reach for glasses was heavenly! I could see my laptop screen and read a book.
Three days ago I had the first (worst-cataract, dominant eye) lens replaced. Immediately after my surgery they wheeled me into the recovery room and had me sit up. I could see the numbers on the clock on the opposite wall. A few hours later I was watching Nightly News with Diane Sawyer when my doctor called to check on me. I answered the phone, “Hi, Dr. McGarity! I can see Diane Sawyer’s eyelashes!” As the evening wore on, I kept noticing how much more vivid colors and contrasts were, and that I could see the leaves on the trees a block away. I was amazed. Then the next morning I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and thought, huh! I didn’t notice all those lines on my face last night; I guess I was just too focused on checking to see if my eye was no longer dilated (it stayed that way until bedtime). But then I went out on the back deck and realized my vision had gotten even better! I could see BLADES of grass and PETALS on the flowers and hummingbirds feeding on the Rose O’ Sharon bush at the BACK of the yard! I would’ve been extremely happy with my vision the way it was the previous night, but this is incredible! Everything "pops" – on the computer screen, my Palm Pilot (aka "Nancy's Brain"), etc. The edges of everything are sharp and colors so vivid; I had no idea what I was missing.
Because my cataracts were little flecks and weren’t over the center of my eye but rather scattered closer to the periphery, cataract physicians have been telling me to wait for 10 years. I appreciate their honesty, and waiting meant technology now has more to offer, but I'm seeing so sharply now it's almost overwhelming.
I can close my right eye and still see through my left, but everything is grey and fuzzy – no sharp edges. I can’t wait to have that left eye done (Sept. 21st) with a Toric lens for close vision! I had been worried about having less clear vision in the 3 to 4 foot range, but my (new) right eye can see more clearly in that range now than I could with glasses before the surgery.
I do see a little arch of light on the right side of the eye with the new lens, usually only when there is a lamp to my right. Dr. says that's normal and will go away within a couple of weeks. I will continue to be diligent about putting the series of drops in my eye through the dates they told me to continue each of them.
Will keep you posted!