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hobbo Plus
7 1.2k 2 England
16 Aug 2012 10:17AM
Dear all,

Yesterday I had my second cataract removed, this now means that I have completely ...New Lenses....in both eyes

I am pleased to report that my eye surgery went exceedingly well, not exactly comfortable because of less anaesthetic ......but this morning, I just can't believe the difference.

Many of you know what it is like to be chronically short sighted and without specs?....All that squinting and struggling to see anything over six feet away.

Well......for me, that is in the past, the new lenses are an instant cure for chronic short sight...... this morning, even before the affects of the anaesthetic and dilatory drops have worn off my distance and mid distance vision......Without Specs.....is almost perfect, I can see individual leaves on the trees and planes high in the sky....the things I needed my specs for since I was nine years old.....I even required assistance to cross the road if I broke or lost them.

There is a bit of a trade off though......the new lenses make you long sighted ( normal old person mode Wink....Currently.... I can't anything see very well close to, so reading and using my iPad, cameras and reading is impossible without magnifying reading glasses. Currently I am using a temporary pair purchased from Waitrose, these will have to do for the next four to six weeks when I can be prescribed variofocals that allow me to see perfectly across the range. What is particulately noticeable is the absence of the dull yellowy cataract film, that has been replaced by startlingly bright light and colours....a completely new world.

This morning my eye feels normal, except for a little tenderness, lots of redness and a little weeping; after the hospital ring up to check on my progress I will venture out for a short walk.

To anyone about to experience cataract surgery, worry not...it can be a fascinating experience, a little discomfort here and there...yes! ( far less than a visit to the dentist) Mainly it involves looking into a very bright light ( nurse holding your hand) whilst the surgeon, looking through a binocular microscope does his stuff, and then, 15 to 20 minutes later it is all over and you have a cuppa and biscuit as a nurse explains post operative care, that includes antibiotic drops.

My new eyes will take some getting used to, but I can't fault our excellent NHS because, during the past two years they have restored both my vision and hearing to perfection.

I'm not sure when I will be using my cameras properly again, but be assured it will be as soon as I can focus on what is in the viewfinder.


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User_Removed 14 271 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 10:32AM
Hi Hobbo, congrats on the 'new 'eyes'.

I had mine both done 11 years ago, & what a difference they made (I was rather young at 42 when they were done). You'll see more than you've ever done before. It was like having vaseline (the only way to describe the before effect) removed from my viewing.

Keep to the initial regime of eye care & you'll be back to normal (albeit with better vision) in no time.

By the way, my close vision suffered as well, but you learn how to get around that, my middle to long distance viewing is very, very, good.

Good luck

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 11:09AM
I have worked with specialists in several medical disciplines and there are few areas of medicine where such a simple procedure can lead to such life-changing results.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 11:22AM
Congrats - its great to hear the impact this is having on you already. It must be wonderful having had sight deteriorate having the 'blinds' lifted. I am genuinely made up for you - and it reminds me not to take my own sight for granted!

One quick question: did you go for a prime or a zoom lens? Does it have image stabilisation? WinkWinkWinkWink
chavender 7 270 1 France
16 Aug 2012 11:36AM
Great to hear Hobbo.
It must be a revelation.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
16 Aug 2012 11:38AM
Hi Hobbo i don't know you but Iam so pleased for you , the other comment was spot on we take so many things for granted in life, people, health, love etc and its only when they are threatened that their importance is realised.You sound like a really brave person so good luck and hope yer snappin away soon.
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 2:28PM
One quick question: did you go for a prime or a zoom lens? Does it have image stabilisation? WinkWinkWinkWink

I find that with half a bottle of straight Malt, image stabilisation works a lot better.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 8:09PM
Having had a cataract operation on my only working eye my "hands on" advice to you is slow down!
It can take 4-6 weeks for your eyes to settle down - you may yet see further improvement Smile
I suggest a visit to your optician in about a week - taking an old pair of spectacles with you.
If you need temporary close up vision help outfits like Specsavers do this for about 25 a lens.
In about a months time your optician can check if you still need spectacles, perhaps for astigmatism, or a residual small (relative to what you had) eyesight correction.
As you were short sighted (I was as well) one thing you may miss is something like 2x magnification when doing camera cleaning etc with no spectacles on.
hobbo Plus
7 1.2k 2 England
18 Aug 2012 9:27PM
Hi, Len,

I much appreciate your reply and wise comments.....no worries about slowing down........I'm slow all the timeWink

As far as new soecs are concerned, I am to see the surgeon in four weeks for a final check up and signing off, only then will I be able to go to Specsavers for a prescription pair of variofocals so that I don't need to keep searching for reading glasses.

Today, three and a half days after the op, and of following post operative care, I have been totally bowled over by just how good my eyesight is already, and I know from my first eye that things improve more with time.

I tried my DSLR today.....with the viewfinder adjusted, taking good shots is fine, but no way can I read the LCD screen or menus, unless I slip on a air of Waitrose purchased reading glasses to the magnification recommended by a member of Specsaver staff.

For over sixty years now I have worn specs for severe short sight, I got used to seeing clearly at all distaces and close up through excellent variofocals ..... Now without specs my eyes feel vunerable to dust and the wind........The Cataract surgery of today is a true miracle of modern medicine.

LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 8:11AM

Quote:no way can I read the LCD screen or menus, unless I slip on a air of Waitrose purchased reading glasses to the magnification recommended by a member of Specsaver staff.

Not ideal but for a couple of weeks occasional use of a cheap pair of Waitrose (or similar) reading glasses will give you a better idea of what you are likely to be able to do with your camera.

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