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Old 08-30-2009, 05:39 AM   #1
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Eyes and Cataracts

anyone have their eyes done and get the new type of lenses
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:45 AM   #3
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Eyes and Cataracts

yes , the newer type "restore" lens , which gives you distant and close up vision without byfocals, which came on the scene around 2005.
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Will your medical insurance cover it? Mine wouldn't when I had my eyes done last year. Those adjusting lenses were big $$$. I'm very nearsighted and my cataract replacement lenses corrected my distance vision to almost 20-20 (the corrective lenses are -0.25). Now I only wear glasses for night driving and close work). I can handle that inconvenience easily after wearing glasses for over 50 years from the time I awoke until I went to bed. Funny thing is that I still try to take my imaginary glasses off to rub my eye(s) whenever they get itchy. It's awesome to be able to go swimming and clearly see all the girls in their bikinis.
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It's awesome to be able to go swimming and clearly see all the girls in their bikinis.
Ahhhh the wonders of technology...
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It sounds like they are doing a "monovision" type of surgery when they do your cataracts...Is that correct?



on edit:
I just found some other information on it....Look here....
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I Googled Restor cataract lenses and I didn't know they existed.

Like Frank and the website notes, they are not usually covered by insurance.

I'll be having cataract surgery in about a month and I'll ask my doc about them.
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I Googled Restor cataract lenses and I didn't know they existed.

Like Frank and the website notes, they are not usually covered by insurance.

I'll be having cataract surgery in about a month and I'll ask my doc about them.
Good Luck with your surgery, Dirk. I was told my Mom-in-Law's sister had it (or something similar) done..and loves it.
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most docs want 2500. for each eye, but i can't find any real positives on the "restor" type because of glare, brite circles and eye fluttering.
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In researching the ReSTOR lens some more, a small percentage of patients see "halos".

Like many procedures, they may not be suitable for all patients.
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The doctor that did my eyes scheduled the surgeries one week apart (and I think most do it this way). The hardest part for me (because of my severely myopic eyes) was the week between the surgeries. You have one eye "fixed" and the other is not and still requires glasses to see normally. If you put the glasses on, then the "unfixed" eye sees properly and the "fixed" one doesn't. It was suggested to try removing the lens in the glasses for the "fixed" eye. I did, but that didn't work either and I saw double because the images were different sizes due to where the lens was in relationship to the eye (the focal point). In other words, the lens in the glasses was a different distance to the retina than the intra-occular lens that was surgically implanted in your eye.

I'm not a doctor but I don't think anyone with close to normal vision (uncorrected) in both eyes will have little, if any issues with this. Both my parents had cataract surgery and I don't recall either of them complaining about anything except eye irritation/pain from the stitch (which they don't even do today).
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All this talk about cataracts and I thought you guys preferred rincon-mercuries...hahaha...uh... (anyone?...MM?...oh well...)

My mother had the new types put in (cataracts that is...) about 4-6 months ago or so (she turns 80 this year) and she loves her new found vision. Same thing where she needs reading glasses but no night vision AFAIK.

I personally would love to get rid of my glasses (and my astigmatism) but that surgery is considered "elective" (go figure) and contacts for me are out of the question.
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I was one of the first in NC to get the new cataract lens,they are synthectic . My cost was $10,000.00 for both. They did the numbers the wrong direction. So ,I fell into that 5% group that didn't work. They did Lazik surgery to correct their mistake. They did pay all cost for a year . January 09 my right eye was dionosed with wet macular degeneration. Three weeks ago, I tore the jelly that holds my retia in my left eye. Tomorrow I go to the eye doc to get my sixth shot of Avastin in my eyeball. That's a colon cancer drug that stops the bleeding. So far it's working. I can see to drive and type. I do have a hard time reading,due to double vision.
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