I really wanted multifocal IOLs after years of wearing multifocal contacts, but after a series of serious retinal issues they were not for me. I ended up with standard IOLs in both eyes set for distance - one unfortunately a little over corrected, one a little under. I'm very, very happy to have great vision back with a pair of light progressive glasses. Would I have paid extra for Symfony had they been available over the last year? Maybe. But life is great anyway.
I was diagnosed with a perforated eye on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. I can't have an op for it and have been put on antibiotic drops and also oral antibiotics. I go back to see the Consultant on 18th August. We are due to go to Tenerife on 16th September is it going to be alright for me to fly?
I ended up -.5 in my right eye and +.5 in my right eye, with some remaining astigmatism in both eyes, residual distortion from an epiretinal membrane in my left eye, and a big honking floater in my right eye from the posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye that closely followed the cataract surgery. This is the second time I've had to get used to progressive glasses, and it took a couple of weeks, but I'm dealing fine now at all distances with these very thin glasses. Vision is clear and stereoscopic for the first time in a year and a half. The bonus is that the cheap progressives I ordered from zenni ******* are just as good as the expensive (even after vision insurance) ones I got from my eye doctor's office - I'm going to buy several pairs. I'm happy - the floater is the only thing that sometimes bugs me, but given where I've been, I've had a great result.
1. The benefits of femtosecond laser are not proven in controlled studies and in the first 50 cases the complication rate is higher. This is an unnecessary expense for most people.
2. If you are use to glasses, want the least chance of complication and the least expense go traditional. You can choose mini-monofocal distance bias or mini-monofocal near bias and be able to do many things without glasses. For best vision both eyes and every possible distance you will need progressive multifocal glasses which are a whole lot less expensive than all the "up-charges" being pushed on you.
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I had IOL's for distance. I also wore glasses my entire life and did not mind . When I was finished, I could drive and do most things without glasses. Arms length and closer was iffy depending on lighting and type. Retina detached in my dominant eye and I may get 90 percent back. I agree that they really try the up sell.
FYI - the procedure itself is painless. I had the laser and I think it improves your odds of coming out 20/20. However, with my dominant eye retina detachment, I most likely have lost that. As RD can be a side effect, be sure to be on top of it and insist on being seen if something strange happens to your vision. I am same age and have had glasses since kindergarten. I have a selection of reading glasses in various strengths and safety bifocal sunglasses. All were inexpensive and useable. They may try and sell you progressives as soon as they can because insurances covers it. You may want to wait a while.
Thanks for posting your success story even though it is hard for you to post right now. You sound very happy w/results so far! Congratulations and best wishes for the other eye.
I haven't checked your earlier posts in quite some time to see why you were (or weren't) considering toric.
I am not ready for the surgery at this point but find it very useful to continue my research to keep learning.
Thanks, and enjoy.
Thanks for your observations.