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1397648 tn?1288142926

Catarac surgey coming up

I am gathering information on catarac sugery. I have an astigmatism and cataracs. My vision is getting blurry more and more each week. I am 57 years old and scheduled to get the replacement surgery done in the next few weeks. I would like to talk to anyone about what to expect and how my vision will be afterward,. I am planning on getting the multifocal lens so I can see far and near.
I would appreciate any response.
Thanks
Pete
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Hi Pete,

Just want to let you know I do not need progressive glasses, but I would have gladly gone back to them instead of having the multifocal lenses. My vision rght now is so good I see excellent distance, no problem with the computer and I am surprised that I am reading small print without reaching for glasses unless it is extremely small.

The doctor that did the Restor was excellent, the surgery was good,.but the vision was terrible. I am very particular, I want everything perfectly clear.I am an independent person but  the starbursts and glare at night were so bad I  did not go out. I did change surgeons.  The surgeon I use now is rated one of the best on Long Island

If you should decide on the multi, I would wait as Cwatt1 has before you go ahead with the second eye

Best wishes. D66..  
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Hello, How did you make out with the first lens. Tell us all about the results. Please.
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I'm 50 yrs old and my first cataract surgery is scheduled in three weeks.  I originally vetoed multifocal lenses as an expensive experiment (I've never been an "early adopter" of technology - I like to wait for the bugs to shake out first).  Besides, with a slight astigmatism, I assumed that multifocals weren't a real option.  But my doctor says she can take care of the astigmatism and do the multifocal (ReSTOR) if I'm interested.  So naturally I'm revisiting the decision. I want the best possible vision I can get - if I'm going to do this, I want to do it right and only have to do it once in each eye.  I'm trying to figure out how much clarity in distance and midrange I would be giving up to get the near vision.  And, how common and how severe are the halos and glare?  I have both now with contacts (all lights look like dandelion puffs to me).  Is it worse with the implants?  And I'm still not clear on the mini-monovision thing.  

I'm very myoptic (one eye is 9, the other 10 diopters) and I've been wearing glasses since I was 2 1/2 (yes, a toddler) and have needed cheaters since I was 38.
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1397648 tn?1288142926
First to answer TurtleJoe, I am scheduled to have my first eye, which happens also to be my worst eye, done next Tuesday Aug 23rd. I will let you know what my experience is. I think I'm pretty good at expressing my thoughts so I will be as detailed as I can be.

QuilterGal
I also have made the decision to get the multifocals( Restor) also.I also have an astigmatism and will have that " relaxed" procedure done at the same time. I have talked to many people including some on this site and I really haven't had answered those very questions you are asking to the satisfaction I need. I also feel early technology isn't always the best way to go but my life being finite as it is, now is the best time for me for as we all know I'm not getting any younger.
The glare, halos, distance, nearness( is that a word) sufficency of light,and all the questions I have can really only be answered when I go through with it. If it turns out to be
a negative at least I made the decision with , pardon the pun, my eyes wide open!

I was put in touch with a couple of patience from the doctor I am going to. They both had positive things to say about the procedure. For you naysayers out there yes I realize they could have sent me only people that were going to say nice things.

I guess in the final analyisis, after all the information I have gathered I have to hang my hat on that trusty old human trait that has seen so many of us humans through so many adversities over the last several centuries, our old friend HOPE. Without hope we would still be rubbing sticks together or living in caves or riding horses or believing in mulitiple Gods or living with horrible disease or , well name your poison....

I'll let you all know what happens Tuesday or soon after.
By the way I have taken a 2 week vacation to have this done. One of the patients I talked to said I had better plan things to do because I will be really bored after the surgery, so I am planning to go see a Cardinal game, see a blues street festival and ride my motorcycle a lot!! Well see...
Pete
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1731421 tn?1358823371
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Hi Pete and others,
We will continue to follow your progress with the ReStor lens. I personally implant these lenses, but they are not perfect and that is exactly what I tell my patients who elect to have these implanted. It sounds as if you have done extensive research and that will serve you well. Go Cardinals!
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Oh, you misguided Cardinal fans!  Go CUBS!!!
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