Don't Be Afraid Of A Cataract Operation

@MALUSE (43584)
Uzbekistan
March 22, 2018 2:41pm CST
When I was 51, I had the feeling that I needed stronger glasses for my short-sightedness. Contours and outlines were blurred. I couldn’t make out people’s features anymore from a certain distance, especially with artificial light. I was a bit troubled how my short-sightedness was developing because not much time had passed since I had last seen the eye specialist. In order to cheer myself up I decided to have a new frame as well. As the optician is capable of measuring short-sightedness, I decided to skip the eye specialist and go to the optician directly. What I’m telling you here is very important. If you’re interested in the matter, please read on attentively. Yes, opticians can find out how short-sighted a person is, but they haven't got the instruments to diagnose a cataract. And as the sensation and perception are more or less the same in both cases, a cataract can be mistaken for short-sightedness. It always takes some time to get used to new glasses, but I just couldn’t get used to mine. I got a headache whenever I put them on. So back to the eye specialist! I was shocked when I heard the diagnosis because I was 51 at the time. Cataracts were for people between old age pension and seemingly dead! I learned that the average age is indeed still around 70 years, but that younger patients become more and more frequent, reason unknown. After the diagnosis – a blurring of 50% on both eyes – nothing happened. The following 2 years were really bad. I was back to my old glasses and a blurred vision of the world. A cataract must ‘mature’ before the eye is operated on and that means a blurring of about 75%. I was hoping that my eyes would become worse, can you imagine! After nearly a year the blurring of one eye had reached 75%. Hooray, the operation could be planned! I was ‘an interesting case’ because normally both eyes develop in the same way. Nobody could explain why that was not the case with me. The information I got from my eye specialist was good. I was given a leaflet with faqs which were all answered in a satisfying way. As I didn’t have any other diseases and was a ‘young’ patient (HA!), I could go to a day clinic. The operation – the pupil was cut open, my blurred lens sucked out and an artificial lens put in – lasted, preparation included – not more than 15 minutes. I had to come with someone, to sign that I wouldn’t be at home alone for the following 3 days and nights, was forbidden to lift and carry heavy weights and advised not to swim for a while. That was it. The sensation when I lifted the pad for the first time! Although only one eye had been operated on, the world looked already better to me. Sharp outlines, brilliant colours. While I had noticed that the outlines had become blurred I had not noticed that the colours had changed, too. As I saw afterwards, everything had acquired a pastel shade. Not ugly but not true, either. After another year the other eye had ‘matured’ and was also operated on, again without any problems. I have to wear glasses, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m thoroughly content with my ‘new’ eyes and can only tell everybody concerned: “Don’t be afraid of a cataract operation! Just do it (have it done, respectively)! ----- P.S. It is not uncommon to get a so-called 'after cataract'. In fact, one third of all patients get one. I got three on one eye in the first year after the operation. They were lasered away in a sitting. Again, no probs.
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18 responses
@amadeo (73281)
• United States
22 Mar
I had not problem.For me it was a piece of cake.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Mar
That's good to hear.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar
This is good information. When Vince got glasses the first time, he didn't think he needed them when driving. But he wore them and was amazed that the road signs were all crisp and clear, not blurred and murky. We both need to get our eyes checked again.
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@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
22 Mar
Well, I didn't experience this thing yet, but I always think any surgery is scary especially when it is in the eyes, but I feel comfortable now, knowing that it's not scary at all.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Mar
No, it is not scary.
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@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
22 Mar
@MALUSE thank you for sharing.
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@xFiacre (5229)
• Ireland
22 Mar
@maluse Your experience is reassuring. I hate the thought of anyone doing stuff with my eyes.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Mar
Many people react like this. I've had worse operations at other parts of the body. Yet, eyes are different. I was more excited before this operation.
• Russian Federation
22 Mar
Thanks, I found it very useful and educational! I am also short-sighted, wear contact lenses. My granny had two operations on both eyes when she was 91 and 94 y.o., she could read well after that
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Mar
Your grandmother was lucky that the cataract came so late. I got it rather early. Good to hear that the operation went well.
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@1creekgirl (11957)
• United States
22 Mar
I had cataract surgery in my right eye a few years ago and plan to have the other eye done this summer. No problems and great to see better.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Mar
I'm glad it also went well with you.
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@anikoonline (3259)
• Hungary
22 Mar
People usually think that eye surgery is a very scary and painful thing. Thanks for sharing your experiences, hopefully it will help to people that are affraid of eye surgeries.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Mar
I hope so, too. There is really no need to panic.
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@iridion9 (10154)
• Philippines
23 Mar
The topic cataract is interesting. But aside from that your English grammar is luring me. While I'm reading it, it's like hitting two birds with one stone. Thanks for this great topic
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@iridion9 (10154)
• Philippines
23 Mar
Wow!, Interesting topic. so how much you paid for the operation for one eye? and the next eye? How many days before you are allowed to remove the eye pad?
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• United States
22 Mar
It is sort of terrible that the standard time for maturation of the cataract MUST involve 75% of deterioration to finally be removed, with technology as advanced as it is how come a lesser degenerative value of lets say only 35% is shown and surgery could still be performed as cataracts are NOT like glaucoma those thin veils of protein clouding the visionary field, right ?
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@Tampa_girl7 (26198)
• United States
23 Mar
Both of my parents had this surgery one of my sisters got a cataract in her 40's
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Mar
That was certainly early. But exceptions prove the rule.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26198)
• United States
23 Mar
@MALUSE she hasn't had surgery yet.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Mar
@Tampa_girl7 Tell her not to be afraid when a surgery is unavoidable.
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@LadyDuck (176483)
• Switzerland
23 Mar
I have heard from all who had cataract surgery that is very simple and they had no problem. I still have no cataract and I am glad, because it will be a bit more difficult for me. I had a Laser iridotomy (a hole on the outer rim, of the iris) to correct a narrow angle glaucoma. This will create a little difficulty the day I will need cataract operation.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Mar
Let's hope that a surgery is still many years away!
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@LadyDuck (176483)
• Switzerland
23 Mar
@MALUSE I hope so, my mother had cataract when she was already 91.
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@ridingbet (59434)
• Philippines
23 Mar
when i was an operating room nurse, i assisted in cataract extraction. during that time, it was not laser-extracted yet, and small stitches were done to the cornea after the cataract is removed. the operation usually lasted for less than an hour, or maybe an hour. now, the laser can do that in a matter of few minutes.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
23 Mar
That's definitely a great progress!
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@YrNemo (14717)
4 Apr
wow, thanks for the info here. Some seemed to encounter one problem after another after the surgery, and that scared me. Your case seemed to be straightforward.
@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
4 Apr
Yes, indeed. More straightforward isn't possible.
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@jstory07 (69905)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Apr
I have had no problems so far with my eyes. Good to know this information.
@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
4 Apr
I'm glad to learn that my post could reassure you that a cataract operation isn't something to be afraid of.
@shaggin (37753)
• United States
24 Mar
I wonder if computer use is why cataracts is happening more frequently. My boyfriend and his sister both had surgery for it when they were about 12. I'm terrified of anything to do with the eyes I can't even look at someone trying to get an eyelash out of their eye. I'm glad the surgery went smoothly for you! My father in law had it done about a year ago and he had to keep his eyes moist with drops if I remember correctly.
@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
24 Mar
On the one hand, it's argued that the use of electronic gadgets may be harmful to the eyes. On the other hand, we need to have very good eyesight for our modern lifestyle. In the olden days, a farmer didn't have to have sharp eyes. (Today farmers use electronic devices, too, if they live in developed countries.) Many people were illiterate and didn't need to decipher written texts.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Mar
I'm waiting for my cataracts to mature so I can have the operation. Night driving is out of the question and has been for quite a while. I see the eye doctor in a couple weeks to find out the status of my cataracts and hope they have matured enough for the operation.
• Rochester, New York
23 Mar
My mum has to have cataract surgery in one of her eyes. She's nervous about it and keeps stalling.