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    Linda, I had successful cataract surgery in February. It was a conveyer best operation, but the surgeon is known for his skills to the point that people fly into our small town to see him. He is excellent.

    I cannot speak highly enough about the results. My whole world had turned amber. Now, I see crisply and in true colors.

    My only complaint is now I have to wear glasses to see close up as in reading. But, its a small price to pay. Before, I was very myopic: 20/400. Now I can drive without glasses. Before , I could read without glasses, now I must wear reading glasses. He corrected one eye to 20/20. The other eye is corrected to 20/40 so that I can see medium distance perfectly as in reading my phone or iPad.

    The after surgery drops are an annoyance as they last for weeks, but they donít hurt.

    Depending on the eyes, you may do best with the Medicare paid for variety of less, as did I. DH didnít so he opted for the expensive ones. My friend had very rare, as in good, eyes, so she paid a lot of money: Now she can see for all distances, near, far and medium.

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    Linda, I had successful cataract surgery in February. It was a conveyer best operation, but the surgeon is known for his skills to the point that people fly into our small town to see him. He is excellent.

    I cannot speak highly enough about the results. My whole world had turned amber. Now, I see crisply and in true colors.

    My only complaint is now I have to wear glasses to see close up as in reading. But, its a small price to pay. Before, I was very myopic: 20/400. Now I can drive without glasses. Before , I could read without glasses, now I must wear reading glasses. He corrected one eye to 20/20. The other eye is corrected to 20/40 so that I can see medium distance perfectly as in reading my phone or iPad.

    The after surgery drops are an annoyance as they last for weeks, but they don’t hurt.

    Depending on the eyes, you may do best with the Medicare paid for variety of less, as did I. DH didn’t so he opted for the expensive ones. My friend had very rare, as in good, eyes, so she paid a lot of money: Now she can see for all distances, near, far and medium.

    Thank you so much. John opted to have better distance vision and reading glasses for closeup. I keep teasing him about not recognizing me since he has not seen clearly in years.
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    Johnís cataract surgery was last Monday. It has been problematic. Within hours there was significant inflammation and pain and vision from that eye was totally blurry. All last week was a nightmare of doctor visits between his surgeonís facility and retina specialists. The great thing was that they were all communicating with each other and appointments were immediate...

    He developed an infection in that eye and they injected antibiotics into the numbed eyeball. This was Tuesday. Pain has lessened but vision is still blurry, blocked by floaters etc. the doctors think things will improve but it will take weeks and not days. The second eye surgery is now on hold and the level of frustration we both feel is certainly...GREAT!

    Hereís hoping things do in fact improve. He is 82 and that slows recovery I suppose. I do know that all of us do handle our difficulties with more logic and grace...(yes, I am grumbling).
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    That's really too bad that he didn't have a better experience. It must have been trying and stressful to have to keep going back and to have that worry. A somewhat longer recovery time may be par for the course in some situations. I hope that the doctor is approachable enough so you can ask about what's going on and what's to be expected. Is he feeling all right otherwise now?
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    I'm so sorry he had trouble! Both my husband and I had the surgery and had no trouble. We had "no drop" surgery...drops the day before, but none afterwards, just an eye patch for a day, then nothing. I hope his eye heals.

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    Sorry for both of you, Linda. Hoping for the best outcome.

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    Oh man Laz, so unfair. Do they know whey he got infected. Hoping it is not the surgeonís fault for sure. Maybe important to nail it down before he second eye. Glad they are holding off until first eye heals.

    With my surgery, they did drops that started just before the date, and then it seemed like a month after each eye: there were 3 different drop medications used in different sequences. I was lucky that in my nearby town, the doc has a reputation up and down the Atlantic seaboard for his skills;

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    Linda, have you checked out your doctor's ratings and reviews--on Yelp, for instance?

    I looked up my ophthalmologist there and found a lot of reviews. Most were favorable but a couple of less favorable ones were cause for concern.
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    Oh man Laz, so unfair. Do they know whey he got infected. Hoping it is not the surgeon’s fault for sure. Maybe important to nail it down before he second eye. Glad they are holding off until first eye heals.

    With my surgery, they did drops that started just before the date, and then it seemed like a month after each eye: there were 3 different drop medications used in different sequences. I was lucky that in my nearby town, the doc has a reputation up and down the Atlantic seaboard for his skills;
    Yup..that’s the drop schedule he has. He is a tough patient with me but does call, go to, and communicate well with his doctors. He is afraid he will lose all vision in that eye permanently. A possibility.
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    Linda, have you checked out your doctor's ratings and reviews--on Yelp, for instance?

    I looked up my ophthalmologist there and found a lot of reviews. Most were favorable but a couple of less favorable ones were cause for concern.

    We checked on her. Not on yelp but we checked.! Thanks.
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