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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Vision problems

or should I say vision challenges, just was diagnoised with cataracts, not bad, a 1 on the scale of 1 to 4,

so the doctor told me no smokeing, no alcohol, and stay out of the sunlight rays,

then get them checked every year or two.

Cataracts, I thought the worst at first, but now I geuss it ain't so bad, they can change the lense when/if it gets to hard to see,

but till then, I need to do my best to delay that as long as possible, don't like the idea of an eye operation.

The rest of my eye check up was good, except that I am a little near-sighted, whatever that means, geuss I have thought my eyes worked fine up till now,

just wanted to share that with ya'll so if you haven't had an eye check-uplately, you may consider it, alot of stuff checked for $82,

and I couldn't ever think that I would get by being blind, but that thought has now crossed my mind a couple of times this week,

and that would be my challange, find out how to best retain eye sight, both my grandfathers also had cataracts, it's hereditary too.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 10:28 PM
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Do you have light colored eyes? I thought it affected blue eyed/green eyed folks more than others.

I'm going through this with my dad now -- he was diagnosed with cataracts in October when I finally got him to go to the eye doctor (I live in Missouri, he lives in Florida -- I had to make an appointment for him when he visited last). He smoked for about 45 years -- do you think that was a factor? He also doesn't take very good care of himself.
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From what I've been told, the surgery is rather simple. You don't feel any pain, and will go home the same day. One eye is done at a time, and you protect the newly corrected eye for several days. I think any concerns you have will be eased if you check cataracts at Google.




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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Not light in color, more of a dark blue/gray,

Yes smoking is one thing that can cause it,

And Jeanie has a great suggestion to google it, Here's the http://www.mayoclinic.com,

and she's right about the operation from what I read too, just a rounded lense behind the colored part of the eye has to be changed, still gives me the willies though...
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2006, 09:25 AM
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I had the lens implant about 8 years ago in one eye and have a small cataract in the other. Doc said it was probably just "my luck" that I have them because I was so young. I find driving at night a real challenge and anything in low light is just about impossible to distinguish. The surgery is painless but those big cataract glasses are ridiculous. I would have rather worn an eyepatch..arrgh

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-07-2006, 02:46 AM
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My Mother had the surgery done and it was fine. Not so scary as it seems. She did one eye about 5 years ago and the other last year. Smoking is a factor (as it is with everything ) but they said the main thing is sunlight. Always wear good sunglasses. And light eyes are more prone but dark eyes get 'em too.
The one thing they didn't tell her was that after cataract surgery you are more prone to macular degeneration! So it's best to put it off as long as you can and make sure you start taking suppliments for your eyes. Lutien(sp!) and such. And lots of green leafy veggies!!

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