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paulz
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 09:48
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I've been thinking about laser eye surgery, apparently too long, about 15 years too long, as they say not worth if for over 50 year olds. The geezer option is Refractive Lens Exchange, where the natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens.

Anyone done it, know someone, researched?

gcrank1
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 10:55
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They do similar with cataract surgery dont they? All the time, quick and easy outpatient deal. My wife had both done some months apart, results great, only a couple days of sorta down-time at home (no driving, etc).

ICC
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 11:51
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Modern cataract surgery is not a big deal anymore. Both my eyes were done something like 10 years ago. It has been a real treat to not require eyeglasses for most things. I was extremely nearsighted.

I think if you needed bifocals, or trifocals as I did, before the surgery you may have to choose between having BOTH eyes set for distance or set for close, reading sort of thing. OR one eye can be set for distant and the other for close. Most people's brains can handle the switching . I was uncertain about that part so elected for both eyes distant and I use reading glasses for close work. It can be a bit of a nuisance. I have a few different powers; 2.5 for normal reading, 4 for some close-up detail work and a pair of 6 power for really small stuff like the tiny SMD electronic part that are used today.

paulz
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 11:58
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Quoting: gcrank1
They do similar with cataract surgery dont they?


Yes I think, maybe the same procedure. I don't have cataracts that I know of, just tired of glasses. i too alternate between 2-4 for reading and working on small parts. Can't see worth a darn far away either but that's less of a problem since I rarely look ahead.

Mostly just like to read the computer screen easily.
Probably out of pocket, doubt Medicare covers it.

Thanks guys.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 12:17
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I would happily trade my near-sighteness for far and only have to use glasses for close work!

ICC
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 12:47
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It is great. The most amazing thing to me after the cataract surgery was to open my eyes first thing the next morning, walk out the door and realize that for the first time in years the pine trees actually did have individual needles, not just green blurry things. And the fact that the sand-in-your-eyes post-op feeling had gone away overnight.

ICC
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 12:52 - Edited by: ICC
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Quoting: paulz
Probably out of pocket, doubt Medicare covers it.

Cataracts are covered, both eyes the same; distance or close. For some reason, I was told that MC would not cover dist+close. Government, go figure. My dentist did both set for close as that made his work easier. He has to wear glasses to drive.

Nobadays
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 14:26
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I've had both eyes done for cataracts.... caused by trauma, sparks from being part of the ground path of a 7,200 volt power line. One eye done within months of the accident is for distance. The other eye done a few years later when that eye finally clouded over is close-up. Actually not what I wanted but the second was done in Thailand and either a communication problem or more likely a "Doctor knows best" issue. Not happy at first but within a week or so I grew used to it and it's great. No need for readers unless I'm doing a lot of screen time.

The first procedure was old school incision, the second was done with the new procedure where the lens is injected into the eye (rolled up and expands in place.)

As ICC said, by the next day it's like nothing was ever done, except now pine trees have needles!

I do need to go get them checked though... I feel the eye I had done in 1991 is clouding a bit.

paulz
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# Posted: 19 Feb 2022 16:40
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Guess I'll look at getting me some cataracts!

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