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Discussion: IF YOU HAD CATARACT SURGERY DONE:

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Nov. 22, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
IF YOU HAD CATARACT SURGERY DONE:
if you had the procedure done, and had the traditional lenses ( covered by medicare) put in , any regrets about not going with the more expensive ones ?? i understand that the traditional lenses are for DISTANCE only. if you need to see near, like to read a menu or a book, you will need reading glasses. has this been a pain for you ? are you able to work on the computer without glasses ? MOST IMPORTANT, if you play the outfield, are you able to follow the ball into your glove without ant problem, how about batting ? i understand that crystal-lens and restore? lenses will let you see near and far, BUT the expense of these lenses are 3300.00 per eye. would appreciate any info you could provide. i have the surgery scheduled for jan 2012 for the tradional lenses, but am having second thoughts about not going for the more expensive ones, even if i have to go into hock. " HELP ! "
Nov. 22, 2011
ShaneV
Men's 55
381 posts
My spouse has the more expensive lenses at only $1800 each (over what insurance covered). Pacific Cataract and Laser up here in WA. She likes 'em but she doesn't play softball so I can't really judge that for you.

ShaneV
Nov. 23, 2011
#19
Men's 60
252 posts
I had the surgery a year ago ... Didn't qualify for the top-of-the-line lenses since I was running high pressure in my eyes at the time ... Apparently, some laser correction is needed after the surgery, which they would not do if the pressure in my eyes was high ... I opted for the next level down ... Having worn glasses for near-sightedness for many years, getting lenses for distance-only was very, very enticing ... Since I work at a computer all day, my doctor suggested I get 2 different lenses, one for distance in my right eye and one for middle distance in my left eye ... I am very happy with the results ... My right eye takes over when I need distance vision ... My left eye takes over when I am working at the computer ... I usually use a very low power set of reading glasses for reading small print.
Nov. 23, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
shaneV- #19- THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. #19- high eye pressure indicates glucoma problems, were you diagnosed with glucoma ? from what i understand eye pressure around 11-12 is pretty normal. mine was 21 and 22 . i was put on lumagen eye drops to reduce the pressure. one drop per eye are to be taken every night forever. BUT i understand they can open up the tear duct with a painless operation to increase the flow of liquid. this will lower the eyeball pressure. i will have this operation done when the cataract procedure is done. i am not looking forward to none of this, but the alternative is possible blindness if the glucoma is not taken care of. i keep forgetting to take the eye drops ! thanks again !
Nov. 25, 2011
#19
Men's 60
252 posts
armiho211 ... No glaucoma diagnosis yet ... However, it is my understanding that cataract surgery may make one susceptible to detached retina.
Nov. 25, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
#19- it is getting to the point that i need to do something drastic as far as my eyes are concerned. i have gone thru 3-4 prescription changes on my glasses in the last 12-14 months, and still getting worse if this operation doesnt work, i am basically done with softball. will take it one step at a time.
Nov. 25, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3929 posts
frankie,i hope everything goes well for you,as it would be a sad day not to see you on the ball field...good luck ........
Nov. 25, 2011
clutch1
Men's 70
11 posts
It would probably be best to postpone the surgery until Gary can weigh in on the use of"special lens" for seniors to play softball.
Nov. 25, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
No, not at all. We have a daughter in med school, and I have nothing against doctors.

Not to mention, this type of surgery is not restricted to those 50 and older, so nothing "special" about it.
Nov. 27, 2011
Connie
Women's 55
116 posts
HI, I had cataract surgery done on my left eye 9 months ago. I also had a severe astigmatism in that eye. I purchased the TORIC LENS IMPLANT IOL. My eyes have greatly improved and I'm extremely happy with the surgery. It was a scary experience for me but I'm really glad I proceeded with the surgery. Good Luck!
Nov. 29, 2011
MartyM
Men's 65
9 posts
I had both eyes done in 2005 approximately 3 weeks apart. Early diagnosis was cataracts, particularly in lower left of left eye which destroyed my backhand in racquetball. I opted for the crysta-lenses even though I did not have insurance and the cost was about $3500 per eye. I wore bifocal glasses prior to the surgery. I didn't quite make full 20-20 but do not need glasses except for computer work(special low power 24" focal length) and over the counter low power magnifiers for reading small print. My right eye is a bit better than my left. Regarding sports: For racquetball I am fine using clear over-the-counter safety glasses. For softball, I do better on receiving hits straight at me and to my left. Typically on hits to my right I have to remember to "stretch" more as the ball is usually a bit farther than I think. For batting, I really need to concentrate on the ball and be patient since I bat left handed. So IMHO-Go for the crysta-lenses. It's a one time shot for the rest of your life, ignore the cost, look to the future. It is a decision I have never regretted. If you want details on the actual lenses and surgery I'll be glad to post.
Marty Meyers-Green Bay WI.
martym@tds.net
Nov. 30, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
i appreciate all who responded. i will have another sitdown with my doctor about the operation, just to make sure i have all concerns covered. thanks!
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