Cataract Surgery

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Sooo the question is : Did U get a first or second focal plane on the lens and with what reticle? :)
It's infra-red, from what I've heard. Now he sees what The Terminator saw,,, with all the blinking identifier readout and constantly changing 'ranging' numbers.

The big question is, is he hearing all the "beepbeepbeepbipbipbipbeeeeepbipbip'ing" going on at the same time, whilst computing a firing solution?
 

sirhrmechanic

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So three weeks on... just have one more week of drops. So everything is done.

Can't be happier. If you are in your 50's or, definitely, in you '60s and shoot...

Check yourself out. If your iron sights shooting is not up to what it was when you were 20-something... get checked.

The best thing is that I am back to iron sights pistol shooting... amazing.

Cheers,

Sirhr


Thanks for the support, @Greg Langelius * I see (literally) what you were talking about!
 

Maggot

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So yesterday had cataract surgery in my left eye. Unusual for someone in my age group... but had a tiny cataract directly over the optic nerve, which was totally FUBARing the vision in my left eye. Anywhere else in the lens and it would have been fine for 20 years without addressing.

They took the patch off this morning (it's like a pirate convention in the waiting room when I got there this morning) and OMFG... what a difference! Not just in how I could see before/after... but left to right! Good god... Right eye, things that are supposed to be white... are tan or sepia. New left eyeball, pure white. Though my right eye visual acuity is still 20/20... it's faded and not crisp. Left eye is now 20/20 (almost 20/15... which both eyes used to be)... and just brilliantly clear!

The upshot is that the right eye is now getting done... I can't live with the contrast between eyes. And there was enough of a cataract on the right to justify it...

So the upshot/lesson here is: First... the only reason the left-eye cataract got found is that I thought my reading glasses prescription had changed... so decided to go into get a checkup after... almost 6 years. Waited way too long! Get your eyes checked!

Second, at the eye doctor, they had some kind of scanning technology (can't believe how far the technology at eye doctors has come in 6 years!!!!) that cost an extra $20 or so per eye to have done... not covered by insurance. That was the scan that found the cataracts... very early. Get yourself checked! Don't ignore eye doctor because you think your vision is ok. I put it off... I shouldn't have.

Third, the surgery is super simple. Zero pain, you are awake for it... and it's very cool to 'watch' them working on your eye. Through your eye!

Last, if you have it done for cataracts in one eye... get both done. Will be two appointments. But you will never live with one eye being good... and one being old.

I learned that cataracts are almost inevitable with age. By 50, almost everyone has them, but not usually in places that require surgery in the short term. But a sudden prescription change (or even a slow one) and you can't find readers at WalMart that work... flaring at night. Feeling one eye is irritated (you are rubbing it because you think it's dry or you can't see out of it as well... get checked.

Anyway... Super easy and, wow, I've wondered why my iron sights shooting has deteriorated. It is readily apparent now... Can't wait to have both eyes finished. Will be like being back to my old 'fighter pilot' vision!

Cheers,

Sirhr

P.S. Occurs to me that this might belong in the Health thread.. but who reads that anyway???
My vision had slipped to about 20/80...so bad I couldnt read the largest green interstate signs. Had both eyes done 2 weeks apart, as you said, like looking through a micro scope. I opted for the distance lenses for LR but in good light I can read a newspaper w/o readers. 20/15 in one and 20/18 in the other. Like a new breath of life. The only thing I didnt like is that after the surgery I could see how dirty the floors were. Painless and easy, but do your research and get a specialist who does 10 of them a week and not your local sawbones.
 
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Just went in for my continuity (followup) appointment. I'm getting glasses for my left eye astigmatism.

I didn't know I had one, but heck, I was so bat blind I probably did and never even saw it. I can see, shoot, and drive, but the distortion in the left eye is enough that I get headaches from driving long distances.

So we're 'trying' the glasses for long distance driving, and the options beyond that are not yet specified.

Heck, I'm just so glad to be seeing this well already that I'm cool with whatever the VA does on the subject from here on in. Still haven't done any iron sight rifle shooting, but just looking through the sights of the Garand makes me impatient waiting for the warmer weather. With the handgun, everything's inside the border of the target; a good start, I say. Some 9mm arrived yesterday, so practice is on the menu ASAP.

Funny, we moved down here to get away from the really cold Winters, and it seems to have followed us down. We had snow last week, the mountain tops are white around the valley, and there's frost on the cars every morning. Natives are saying it seems to be the coldest Winter they can recall. Yes, it's cold; but man, it's nothing like February in C-C-C-entral NY.

Still, I refuse to be ungrateful.

Besides, the folks we left back in NY are screwed so many ways, the weather is the least of their worries. I think that when the uprising begins, Albany will be a Mega-center.

Greg
 
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Maggot

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Just went in for my continuity (followup) appointment. I'm getting glasses for my left eye astigmatism.

I didn't know I had one, but heck, I was so bat blind I probably did and never even saw it. I can see, shoot, and drive, but the distortion in the left eye is enough that I get headaches from driving long distances.

So we're 'trying' the glasses for long distance driving, and the options beyond that are not yet specified.

Heck, I'm just so glad to be seeing this well already that I'm cool with whatever the VA does on the subject from here on in. Still haven't done any iron sight rifle shooting, but just looking through the sights of the Garand makes me impatient waiting for the warmer weather. With the handgun, everything's inside the border of the target; a good start, I say. Some 9mm arrived yesterday, so practice is on the menu ASAP.

Funny, we moved down here to get away from the really cold Winters, and it seems to have followed us down. We had snow last week, the mountain tops are white around the valley, and there's frost on the cars every morning. Natives are saying it seems to be the coldest Winter they can recall. Yes, it's cold; but man, it's nothing like February in C-C-C-entral NY.

Still, I refuse to be ungrateful.

Besides, the folks we left back in NY are screwed so many ways, the weather is the least of their worries. I think that when the uprising begins, Albany will be a Mega-center.

Greg
That astigmatism is exactly why one needs to be extremely careful in choice of surgeons. Mine did extensive tests and measurements and saw that I had one n the left eye, and adjusted the choice of lens to allow for that. With the VA you may not have had as much leeway in choice. I consider my self truly blessed. Consider, 100 years ago we would be, for all intents and purposes, blind. The only problem I find now is with those bacteria called 'floaters' which occasionally briefly obscure vision.

While Im at it, a Maggot original quote..."Snow is just a four letter word and not a polite one. Ill send you a post card from the Virgin Islands. Fuck a bunch of snow."