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AntoniusRa
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03 May 2019
12:34:12am
Over the past few years I've had a really hard time trying to understand why people were seeing what they were in regards to stamp colors. My eyes had always been quite accurate in determining colors so I thought many times that others must be color blind to some extent. I had an eye test and new glasses back in November because my eyesight had been going down hill for a couple of years. At that time the doctor told me I had cataracts and should have them removed in the future. Well my eyes have gotten a lot worse since then
and so I had them removed in my left eye yesterday. The results were absolutely miraculous
It's like the eye is brand new the fuzziness is gone and everything is so bright that it seems to be glowing. The left eye was the worst but now when I look out my right eye it is absolutely terrible. I noticed that Whites were more of a Tan and thus toned everything in that direction. Because of them I had a very hard time in regards to collecting and was spending less and less time with my collection. Now, I see that the future is bright and I can get back to projects that have been sidelined. I cannot even read my monitor with my right eye, but I will have it operated in about a month and after this my sight should be nearly perfect. Sorry if I annoyed anyone with my insistance regarding color conversations but I now see the fault was with me. I'm extremely happy with the results and hope that anyone with fuzzy dull vision will have them checked out and the nasty things removed if that is the problem. I'm at a loss for words how incredible the difference is. If you have Medicare it pays for all of it which is also fantastic.
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03 May 2019
02:53:55am
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Great news!
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03 May 2019
08:38:18am
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Bravo, lad ... it is so much easier to ignore these things and just hope they go away.

Cheers,

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rjan
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03 May 2019
01:31:26pm
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Good fortune, my doctor advises I am a few years away from similar procedure. He advised one eye at a time to ease transition.

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03 May 2019
04:41:49pm

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I had my yearly eye exam last week and was told my eyesight was getting worse which I already new. The doctor said we may have to talk next year about cataract surgery. The joys of being advanced middle-age.

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11 Jan 2020
12:53:33am

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Great to be able to see again ,I know how you feel My left eye had been bad since I was a kid ,at the age of 75 the optician told me it was cataracts my eye was so bad all I could see was shapes.
After the operation WOW I could see clear as a bell Dr said it was that thick he had to put a stitch in my eye.
Just waiting to get my right eye done now.
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11 Jan 2020
02:40:56am
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Next month I get the verdict on whether I need to get my cataracts removed.

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11 Jan 2020
07:06:36pm

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My eye guy said i would know when it was time..he was right...i needed so much light to read and i could not read the fine print. One eye in August and one in September and my eyes are new again.

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11 Jan 2020
08:45:18pm
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I had both eyes done at the same time. Went as a charm, and colors are brighter (even different) and I can drive at night safely. One annoying side effect. I can no longer read the small print on stamps without a magnifying glass. Pitty, I was doing well close up before!
I had one eyelid done on Friday. Seems all is going well and I should have unobstructed vision, especially peripheral vision, in about a week. Meanwhile, icing the eye and resting it. No stamping for another week, as a precaution.
Good luck with your procedures.
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12 Jan 2020
10:05:33am

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Most people when given the choice opt for far sighted vision...i wanted to be near sighted and having been wearing glasses most of my life anyway.

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01 Feb 2020
07:18:15am
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I got new glasses and an improvement but the question now is when I want to have cataract surgery. The decision is based upon impact on quality of life to justify insurance to cover it. New glasses should lead to fewer spelling mistakes.

I also have what is called a puckered retina (ERM) in one eye so lines are not straight. It is not really noticeable when using both eyes (brain is good about that). Of course, it also impacts vision. This can be partially remedied with surgery to remove the material causing the retina to pucker. The surgery usually can restore better than 50% of impacted vision but told if done it means automatic cataract surgery in two years.


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01 Feb 2020
05:08:38pm
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I had cataract surgery on my eyes 2 years ago.
During the first surgery the doctor made a mistake, and he put the wrong corrective lens in my left eye.
During the surgery you are fully awake.
I heard him ask the nurse for the lens, and she said "No you want a 26." Or something like that.
Before the surgery, they told me I would just need reading glasses.
I have worn glasses since I was 13 years old.

The day after the surgery they have you go back to the office so they can see how you are healing, then a week later, then a month later.
When I went for my first after surgery visit, the doctor told me to read the smallest line of lettering on the eye chart I said E.
He thought I was kidding. My surgeon was on vacation so I was seeing a different doctor in his office.
When I went back for my 1 month visit,the surgeon was the one doing my final eye exam.
He was amazed that all I could see was the E.
I said during the operation, you asked for a certain number of lens, and the nurse corrected you, then she handed you a chart, it was supposed to be my chart, but it must have been someone else's chart. You said OH yeah right.
Then put in the wrong lens.
He profusely apologized, because after this kind of surgery you are supposed to have normal distance vision, and only need glasses for seeing things up close.
He told me he could redo the surgery, and put in the correct lens. for free!!

I said no thanks, just make sure you do the correct lens in my right lens.
This is what is called MONO VISION, one eye sees well close and one eye sees well far away.
This is how they do Lasic surgery.
I got my second eye done, and I am still wearing glasses full time, and I will bet this surgeon will never make that mistake again.

Final note to anyone that is going to have this procedure done.
Before you go into the operating suit, the doctor comes out and marks an R or and L on your johnny, and also above your eye, so they know which eye they are going to do surgery on.

Here is a heads up ask him to get your chart, and mark the lens number on the Johnny as well, so that this doe not happen to you.
You can tell him you know someone that the surgeon made the mistake on, and you are just being careful.

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01 Feb 2020
09:02:23pm
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"The decision is based upon impact on quality of life to justify insurance to cover it."



I don't know how old you are, but my eye doctor told me to hold off on cataract surgery until I went on Medicare as the cost drops considerably for the procedure. Well, that happened today, and I see my eye doctor again in a couple of weeks.


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01 Feb 2020
09:04:08pm
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I completely agree about being engaged. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer (in adults). And as a person who has averaged over 200 medical procedures per year for the last 6 years I am here to tell folks that you HAVE to be proactive in your own healthcare. In 2019 I had to intercede and prevent from being administering incorrect IV meds four times in 2019 alone. Just because someone is in a white lab coat does not mean they do not make mistakes. Statistically half the doctors that you see will have graduated in the lower 50% of their class at medical school.

But that said, I am astounded by the number of patients who are totally non-complaint with the healthcare recommendations. If your healthcare provider tells you to get off the couch, get active, to eat right and you do not do it; you’re an idiot. I beat the odds by making huge sacrifices and drastic changes in my life, hardest things I ever had to do. For example my entire life I ate because I enjoyed eating, but now I only eat to survive (renal diet of less than 1200 calories per day). I always enjoyed drinking (tea, milk, soda, juices, etc.) but now with only 10% kidney function my total fluid intake can be no more than a single glass per day.

Healthcare providers and healthcare systems are stretched thin, and with limited bandwidth no one is going to waste their time on patients who are not committed to helping themselves by being compliant. Given the frequency that I sit in medical facilities I see this happen almost every single day. The good news is that if you are highly engaged in your own healthcare and are willing to make the required sacrifices, you greatly increase the odds of living longer and being happier.
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01 Feb 2020
09:10:57pm
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To add to what Don said, I get rid of any doctor who does not perform in a manner that i think is helpful to me. I have fired several doctors (remember they work for you) for that reason. When I look for a new doctor, I research on the internet, then I set up an appointment with the doctor. That is the hiring interview that I give.

When my dentist moved to another state, I interviewed about half a dozen dentists and their staff before I selected the one I have now.

In the past, I have fired three dentists, two urologists, one eye doctor and a primary care doctor.

I am very happy with my current doctors and their staff. So, don't be afraid (or too lazy) to take charge of your health care. You are the boss.

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01 Feb 2020
10:10:28pm
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Don you are 1000% right on the money. I had a family doctor who was really good then all of sudden he did want to do anything. My wife was sent to specialist was diagnosed with Parkinson. The family doctor did not believe the other doctor and refused to write out a scrip for the medication she needed. He was soon kicked to the curb.

We found another doctor and interview him and have been totally satisfied.

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12 Feb 2020
02:59:39am

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I had cataracts removed from both of my eyes in April and in July of last year. It was a two year wait once I was put on the eye specialist's wait list for operating room time at the hospital on Vancouver Island.

I also was absolutely amazed at the difference in my vision following the procedures. I no longer need glasses for distance and only require a 1.5 reading lens for close up work.

My vision was so bad that I couldn't read the print in my stamp catalogues using a magnifying glass!

The only thing I miss is not seeing two moons in the sky. It was a great feeling to be able to read every letter on the eye chart!


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12 Feb 2020
10:53:53am
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Liz - glad you have had such a good experience with your eyes. How wonderful to be able to see again (although two moons was pretty funny). Thumbs Up

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