Cataract surgery, two eyes on the same day?

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Christine, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Christine

    Dan Abel Guest


    I have to agree. I have changed doctors (OMD), because the previous
    doctor didn't believe in tranquilizers. I was miserable. As Dr Stacy
    has posted above, there is the local, the tranks and the general. The
    local has fewer side effects, gets you out earlier and has less risk.
    The general has significant risk. A local plus tranks works for me. I
    had a two hour eye surgery about a year ago. They used a topical local
    plus tranks, and I was happy as a clam.
     
    Dan Abel, Jan 2, 2007
    #21
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  2. Christine

    Christine Guest

    : What's the depth of field for distance vision? In other words, how
    : close is infinity?

    I went to another doctor today. These people were much friendlier
    and willing to advise me. Contrary to the previous doctor, this
    one told me where the cataract is and how bad it is. Also, he said
    that it's no problem to wait six months before getting the
    surgery. I won't wait six months, but at least now I can plan
    work and surgery so that the surgery won't get in the way of work
    too much.

    The cataract is in the middle of the lens (both eyes) which
    explains the -1 deterioration of my eyes in the last 12 months. I
    suppose that because it's more or less centered, this explains my
    double vision. A more amorphous cataract would cause blurry vision
    rather than sharp double vision, right?

    The doctor advised me to have -0.5 sight, if I choose to be far
    sighted after the surgery. I won't need glasses for the distance,
    and 0 is too much, he says, that would be hard for someone who has
    been near sighted all their life. I can choose to remain near
    sighted, but I don't think that's practical. I read a lot and I
    use a computer all day, I'd need glasses for either one of those
    anyway. Otoh, having been near sighted all my life, I'm not sure
    how I'll like it not to wear glasses outside. For sports of
    course, it's good to have no glasses.

    The coniunctivitis would not be a problem, unless it's very active
    at the time of the surgery.

    They said that recovery would take two or three weeks, before I
    can work normally. They want there to be a month between both
    eyes, I haven't argued about doing it on one day.

    I'm less afraid now, to have them cut in my eye, despite the fact
    that I saw "once upon a time in Mexico" last Saturday, which is
    not a good film for someone who is going to have eye surgery and
    who is afraid of it. Also, I recently saw a pic of the Bunuel film
    "Un chien Andalou". I saw that film a long time ago, it's
    horrible, if you're about to have eye surgery....

    dag
    X10
     
    Christine, Jan 8, 2007
    #22
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  3. Christine wrote:

    I
    a VERY astute observation, and a great way to describe it. I'll be
    using that.

    For sports of
    Maybe some sports. Others it's a good thing to have protective eyewear.
    I disagree. ANY conjunctivits at the time of intraocular surgery is
    risky. Endophthalmitis is not something you want to tangle with. Make
    sure you do vigorous lid and lash scrubs everyday for a week before
    surgery, and use zymar drops or equivalent 4 times/day for a couple of
    days before surgery, right up to surgery time.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, O.D., Jan 8, 2007
    #23
  4. Christine

    Dan Abel Guest

    I love having no glasses outside. They don't fog up, and rain doesn't
    affect them.
    I don't know what kind of work you do, but for most people, they should
    be able to work normally after a day or two. There will be problems,
    but if you have one eye done at a time, then the other eye will take
    over.
     
    Dan Abel, Jan 9, 2007
    #24
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