Cataract surgery, less floaters after

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Andrew E. Smyth, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. I read everything I could about cataract surgery in the last 3
    years--mostly posters in this group. I chickened out three times, but
    finally had to have it 3 days ago because my left eye was so cloudy.
    (my right eye was fine, I think this cataract developed from a boxing
    injury 35 years ago.)
    Anyway, I had a fantastic result--20-20 vision in one day. The Doctor
    even said he'd eliminate the astigmatism and that seems to be what
    What has surprised me was no pain at all, and a minor scratchy feeling
    in the eye which has completely disappeared in two days.
    I had two big floaters and one medium one for decades. (I even gave
    them names, they were old friends). They seem to be gone. However I
    can see that the floaters are still there but very out of focus---the
    vision is in good focus.
    But it is hard to notice the floaters without trying.
    No rings or glare or bad effects at night, either.
    I had had a phenomenon of a light at the outer margin of vision
    starting low and going on and off with each heartbeat as it rose in
    vision. This was before surgery. It seems to be gone too. Maybe a
    change in inner ocular pressure is the reason.
    The only slightly bad thing is that I can see that what I thought was
    my very good left eye has some yellowing and the colors I thought were
    so bright and vibrant are actually very subdued.
    The acuity of the right eye is still 20/20 corrected. And the large
    color and clarity difference doesn't bother me.
    I'm not sure about getting the second eye done. Maybe I was just
    lucky. And the Doctor was annoyed with me during surgery--he kept
    saying "stop moving." I thought I could keep my eye still by fixating
    on the light, but the lights became a swirling kaliedascope. It seems
    the Doctor is more concerned about the patient keeping his head
    perfectly steady. So I don't want to risk my moving or the Doctor
    making a slip resulting in vitreous loss.
    Sorry for the long post. But I liked to read all the long posts when
    deciding on surgery. EyeKnowWhy almost talked me out of it. But then
    I saw that despite all his misgivings, he too, was for cataract
    PS Don't worry about the assembly line procedure or the fact that the
    Doctor conducts the exam in 10 minutes. I think getting a surgeon who
    has performed over 500 surgeries is the key. (mine had done 10,000)
    Andrew E. Smyth, Feb 4, 2005
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  2. Andrew E. Smyth

    Rushtown Guest

    Correction. I mean "what I thought was my very good right eye"--the
    unoperated on one, which I can now see is a bit cloudy and yellowish.
    Rushtown, Feb 4, 2005
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  3. Andrew E. Smyth

    kemccx Guest

    Glad your outcome was so great. My results are a bit mixed - yes, the
    vision is good, but I have the edge glare at night and my floaters have
    seemed to multiply! Also, I notice at times my pupils are of 2
    different sizes (I only had one eye operated on). Poeple tell me I'm
    obsessed with this - that there is no difference. But, yes - there is -
    I have light colored blue eyes and I think the difference is dramatic.
    Can anyone shed any light on this? My doctor keeps telling me it will
    all go away with time (but I doubt it!)
    kemccx, Feb 5, 2005
  4. Andrew E. Smyth

    Rushtown Guest

    I don't have the glint, I believe, because I got a big intraocular
    lens. The little bag they gave me has the specifications and it is 6mm
    in the optical part and 13mm overall.
    My floaters had come into sharper focus as I got more nearsighted over
    the years. I went from about -2 diopters to -10. I'm now corrected to
    reading distance and the floaters are way out of focus. I can see that
    there are as many as before, maybe more---but I don't notice them
    without trying.
    You say that "at times" your pupils are of two different sizes. So at
    times they are equal? My guess would be that you are right and that
    the operated eye lets in more of certain wavelengths, and when those
    wave lengths are present the pupil on the operated eye is a bit
    smaller. You should probably forget it. Nobody will notice.
    Go away with time? The brain and the eye might adjust. I have
    already adjusted to the color difference between the two eyes.
    Rushtown, Feb 5, 2005
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