Cataract surgery... What do you know about it?
- 7 Jun 2013 by endlessPred
- 8 Jun 2013
- cataract, eye conditions, prednisone, surgery
Hi all. I have cataracts in the center of both eyes. They keep things in a fog in bright or dim light. Been having problems reading. These were caused by the prednisone. Old fashioned cataracts are barely visible by the doc at the top of the lens. They say get the surgery when you are ready. Not concerned about the surgery.
How did you know when you were ready?
When they can no longer correct your vision better than 20/40, you are ready! If you have trouble reading fine print, even with correction (glasses) you are ready. If you see spokes or halos around lights at night or glare bothers you tremendously when you drive, you are ready. If all of the above, you are definitely ready! I worked in an ophthalmologist office doing both clinic and surgery for about 5 years then worked in just an "eye" ambulatory surgery center for another 5 years doing just different eye surgeries but primarily cataract so I know a lot about the surgery and what it entails. At my first eye clinic, I did the majority of the first day post op visits, looking at the positioning of the lens under the microscope, looking for edema on the cornea or any other complications on the first post op day.
I used to scrub in for surgery plus I have held just about every other nursing position in that ambulatory surgery-pre-op, post-op, scrub, circulator in surgery, plus I used to help with the exams and do the measurements so the surgeon could pick the lens implant-you name it I did it. I know cataracts pretty well so if you have any questions at all Karen, I will be more than happy to answer. You can PM if you rather!
Hi, my mum has had cataract surgery. The process was very quick, a matter of minutes. After the initial local anaesthetic injection the procedure was painless. My mum was in & out the same day. She had to wear an eye mask (mainly at night) for a week. She was advised to take 3 months off work though, mainly because of bending & lifting affecting the eye. Some people that have other medical diagnoses may need to have a general anaesthetic & stay in over night, but you will be told in advance which way your procedure will be dealt with.
Hi Sweet Karen,
I had both eyes done in December, frustrated with halos, night driving and small print becoming more difficult. The surgery is a snap. You will have to decide the laser or non laser option, unless Ins determines it for you or you pay the difference. I could read the same day, 20/20 by my post op visit. However, I could soon sense my vision was worsening. I wasn't wrong. I was 20/50 when re-tested, worse than my pre-surgery vision! I have scar tissue to be dealt with by another laser surgery and retinal leakage being addressed by very strong prescription eye drops, 4 x per day. I'm not trying to frighten you at all my dear, just my bad luck. My surgeon is one of the most highly regarded on the west coast. I'm sure you'll go through with flying colors. It's truly amazing surgery. Especially if you read a lot, like I do. Good luck Karen!
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