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    My experience was like Steve Murdoch's. A slow deterioration of cloudy vision and I stopped driving at night except when necessary. I had them both done last summer, at 74 yo., 6-7 weeks apart and am pleased with the improvement. It is an easy procedure but takes some time before you can have your lenses changed to accommodate your improved vision.
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    Detatched retina? Hie ye to an OPD stat!
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    Maybe a dirty window is the wrong description.... I'm watching golf right now... I can see the names and scores but there is a haze or cloud in front of them. The smaller numbers I can't see through the cloud. But I'm pretty sure I am not seeing anything blurry. If I look off the balcony with my right eye I see the city skyline... If I look through my left eye it is like there is a haze or smoke in front of the buildings and I can't see the windows .....Also on further experimentation it is the whole left eye not half. Just a little brighter at the extreme left peripheral....... The haze or smoke is thick enough that there is no way I would get behind the wheel if both eyes were the same...... I know I have two cataracts as I was told I did thirty years ago.... I just can't figure out whether this has been a slow process as for some reason I didn't notice it til yesterday.......
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    The motorcycle advice on this site is often sketchy why would you seek medical advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cipher View Post
    The motorcycle advice on this site is often sketchy why would you seek medical advice.
    Go to the hospital. And get a government subsidised weed vaporiser. Get two send me one.
    It's a big deal for me to go to the hospital.... I spent two months in there not long ago and was pretty nuts with surgical trauma after the surgery .... To this day I refuse to pass in front of it and cross the street on the other side when I pass it on my walks.... I would far rather book an appointment with my doctor if at all possible and was looking for what just what people see if they have cataracts...... There is no way I'm going to that hospital unless I'm convinced it is absolutely necessary......
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    I saw this thread earlier today, but was unable to respond until now.

    Biggest question I have, ... you were told 30 years ago that you had cataracts developing, but haven't had an eye exam since then???

    I have an exam every year. About 10 years ago, the doctor said he was watching some signs of cataract in one eye, but it wasn't bad enough for insurance to cover yet. It was mostly noticeable when alternately blocking one eye, then the other. It was just a bit hazy, like yours, but was also slightly yellowed. After watching it for about 7 years he said "it's ready". Made an appointment at the eye surgery center and had it removed.

    Some people are squeamish about things getting near their eyes. I have worn contact lenses for many years, so I am used to putting a finger up to my eye. I also have another advantage that very few (if any) here would have, I work in hospitals, and have been in the operating room while a cataract extraction was happening. (That was several years before learning that I had a cataract.) Seeing what would happen during the procedure really helped.

    When surgery day came, Mrs. Steve and I went to the surgery center. Prep consisted of knocking me out for a couple of minutes while they administered a block. When I woke up, I did not feel any different, but they told me I was "ready". Having seen what was going to happen really helped. I was "awake" enough to hear the doctor tell me the specifics of the incision (length and angle). When I commented on the precision, he explained why those particular measurements worked. I asked about a sound I did not recognize. He told me which machine it was, it was a model I had not seen before, so did not recognize its sound. My vision went blurry as they removed the cataract and lens, then got clearer (but not "good" yet) when the new lens was inserted. After the procedure, there were patches and bandages, of course, so I could not evaluate the improved vision. When the patch was removed the next day, the improvement was astounding. It was then that I noticed the difference with my other eye. A week earlier, I thought it was "good", but found out it was only "better".

    My other eye is probably ready for surgery, I will be looking forward to the improvement in that eye, too.

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    Steve brings up a good point...how often from the last time you had an eye exam and was told about your condition until just recently when you discovered a change?

    This reminds me...I need to schedule another eye exam. It's been about 3-5 years since my last VA Hospital visit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    Steve brings up a good point...how often from the last time you had an eye exam and was told about your condition until just recently when you discovered a change?

    This reminds me...I need to schedule another eye exam. It's been about 3-5 years since my last VA Hospital visit.


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    When I had the eye exam thirty years ago it was from an optometrist back in the days when they actually had a practice and it was very thorough... I've had lots of experiences with optometrists since then but it was at places like Costco for a prescription.... Basically a ten minute check of what I need for a prescription and a glaucoma test. I did visit an ophthalmologist once probably around the same time but I can't remember what it was for.....
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    A cousin was walking her dog and one of her eyes seemed to begin to look like she was looking underwater. She went to the Emerg and an eye specialist was there, by coincidence, and he epoxied her detaching retina back in place. Only a few weeks later she had the same experience with the other eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bccap View Post
    When I had the eye exam thirty years ago it was from an optometrist back in the days when they actually had a practice and it was very thorough... I've had lots of experiences with optometrists since then but it was at places like Costco for a prescription.... Basically a ten minute check of what I need for a prescription and a glaucoma test. I did visit an ophthalmologist once probably around the same time but I can't remember what it was for.....
    Looks like the opthalmologist is the specialist to make appointment with...

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