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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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I agree with Jodi - cancel the appointment on the second eye.  I had the same results as you described. I was told I would do better when  the 2nd eye was done. No way!  I would not let them go near  the second eye and I was not going to let them do any "touch up" on the Restor implant eye.
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I hope, I say I hope you removed your eyeglass lens from your old glasses frame on the operated eye side before you put your old glasses on.
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1397648 tn?1288142926
LOL yes I did remove the right lens from my glasses before putting them on. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I did know to do that. The problem with wearing my glasses now is everything is off kilter. It's like both eyes are trying to focus at once, almost feels like I'm cross eyed.

Don't worry to all that said wait until my other eye is stable before even considering surgery on my now only good eye. I couldn't even consider the other surgery at this time because it's the only good eye I have left. The whole aurgument of my eyes improving after both eyes have been done doesn't hold water with me. How on earth could my right eye be improved if I went ahead and had the surgery done on my left eye!!? Doesn't make sense. Luckily my left is almost 20/20 with my glasses on. I am planning on asking the doctor to , hopefully they can do this, give me a new lens in my glasses for my right eye and bring it up as much as possible and so it will function appropriately with my left eye. At this point if I can get my vision back with glasses I'd be thrilled with that!!
Whats also strange to me is when I went for the follow up exam the eye doctor tested my right eye and said I had 20/25 vision. Now I don't know what kind of test they determine those results on but when I left the office I told my girlfriend I couldn't read any of the writing in the magazine in the car, couldn't read license plates on cars right in front of us, couldn't read road signs nor could I see the road clearly at all, plus I can't see the writing I am doing now on the computer. Its all with my left eye now. If that's 20/25 vision then give me back my almost blindness I had previous to the surgery! I'm beginning to think the tests they do at the office isn't reflective of the real world.

At this point I might also let him do a touch up on the right eye. Since it was all but gone anyway I suppose it can't get any worse.
As I stated before my biggest fear is doing my job when I go back to work in about 10 days. I HAVE to be able to see clearly to do my job. I drive a lot, look at machinery both close and far, I'm in dim and well lit areas. If I can't do that I'm screwed!
To say the least I am very disappointed. Thanks for all your concern and I am trying to keep a positive outlook believe it or not. Each morning when I wake up I look outside and expect to have an ah ha! moment. so far still waiting.
Pete
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Hi, been following this and wonder whether your doc discussed Crystalens. I had Crystalens HD implanted in both eyes a year ago, now I see better than 20/20 distance, 20/20 intermediate and an easy J2 reading, J1 in good light, no glare, no halos etc... I had cataracts and needed a +2.5 for reading before the implant. Possible to explant the Restor before it's too late and consider Crystalens?
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Hi, been following this and wonder whether your doc discussed Crystalens. I had Crystalens HD implanted in both eyes a year ago, now I see better than 20/20 distance, 20/20 intermediate and an easy J2 reading, J1 in good light, no glare, no halos etc... I had cataracts and needed a +2.5 for reading before the implant. Possible to explant the Restor before it's too late and consider Crystalens?
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I'm happy to hear you've had a good result with your Crystalens implants, but I have to disagree with you regarding the possibility of using it in Pete0629's situation. You are correct that if an explant is needed it's easier if done sooner rather than later, but if vision with the ReSTOR can't be improved I would not risk another premium lens.  A monofocal is always a safer choice.
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