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posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:51 am

They told me time and again if I kept doing that I'd go blind. Of course I did. And so I am.

So I go to the doc with some vision problems: everything is washed out in bright light and I can no longer drive at night. Doc sends me to specialist. Specialist examines me with all sorts of witchery and finally proclaims, "You gots the cataracts."

Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts to be precise.
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That would be the bad kind. Bad as in the onset is very rapid. Bad as in it forms on the back of the lens and tends to 'stick' to the little capsule in which the lens is held, which in turn greatly increases the risk of tearing the back of the capsule resulting in nasty complications.

I'm scheduled for a surgical consult in two weeks.

Of course I watched several youtube videos of the surgery.



Seems simple but they're going to have to give me massive doses of Valium.

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:56 am

I had such an operation a few years ago, and everything is fine. With glasses of course, but I already needed glasses.

Sure am glad I didn't see a video of the operation beforehand. :)
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Grammatron » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:58 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:I had such an operation a few years ago, and everything is fine. With glasses of course, but I already needed glasses.
There you go Rob, you will also lose your sense of humor

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Witness » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:01 am

Sorry for you, Rob. Hope everything will go well.

At least it's not the XVIIIth c. anymore: https://www.med.wisc.edu/news-and-event ... -quackery/

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:06 am

Grammatron wrote:There you go Rob, you will also lose your sense of humor
I had a sense of humor before that? :?
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by gnome » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:05 am

Hey talk to them about vision correction while they're already having to work on it. Something my eye doctor tells me I can do when cataracts start showing up.
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by ed » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:19 am

My wife had cataract surgery two years ago. The closest thing to a miracle that I have seen. Minutes to completion. 20/20 vision. Bit of a prob with things at screen distance but distance and close up her vision is perfect.

Really.
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:01 pm

So my surgical consult was delayed a bit. I had it today. They took almost an hour of my time trying to get me to have lasik surgery at the same time, since I was already there and all. They made me watch a 30 minute video sales pitch, and then another 15 minutes having some cutie tell me what was in the video clip.

How much? $2900 per eye for perfect vision near and far.

"Does my insurance cover that?"

"No, that will be out of pocket," advised she.

"Nope," replied I.

"But with Lasik, there is no cutting with a scalpel, it's all done with a laser!"

"How much if I let you use a rusty WWII bayonet?"

That was the end of that sales pitch.

So now I'm scheduled a month from now for the left eye and then two weeks later for the right eye.

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Fid » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:59 am

Bro, I had the surgery on both eyes, my vision is better than when I was 17 in fact I gotta take me glasses off to see this screen. Yeah the idea of cutting into your eyeball is rather disturbing, but these guys (yeah mostly guys) know what the fuck they are doing.
I never knew the world had such a blue cast. It gets better.

Edit to add: It was not that all bad. We discussed cocaine as an anesthetic and he said yes it would probably be best but the to use his words "The fucking feds would smother me with paperwork".
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Witness » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:28 am

Rob Lister wrote:perfect vision near and far
Really?

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:00 am

Witness wrote:
Rob Lister wrote:perfect vision near and far
Really?
Yea, there's a whole menu of options.
Specifically,
Custom clear distance to near package ... $3195 per eye
Custom clear distance and intermediate package ... $2995 per eye
Custom clear distance package
Toric lens ... $2195 per eye
Laser correction ... $1595 per eye
And lastly,
Traditional manual cataract surgery with a blunted swiss army knife ... Insurance coverage
I might have made up the blunted part.

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:19 am

So tomorrow's the day for the left eye.

Cross my heart, hope to die, ...

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:06 am

Good luck!
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Grammatron » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:07 am

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Witness » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:00 am

Good luck, Rob! And… where exactly is your stereo?

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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by sparks » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:33 am

Be well, or we'll kick your dead ass!
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:58 pm

That was an adventure. One eye down, one to go.

The procedure itself took about ten minutes but I was there for three hours. All of it was painless with the exception of the inserting the new lens. Notable headache from the drugs wearing off. But now I can see out of my left eye!

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Post by sparks » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:01 pm

Dandy!
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:32 am

Good to hear. It doesn't need time to heal or something?
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Re: posterior subcapsular cataracts

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:21 am

It takes three to four weeks to heal completely but it is already better than it has been in at least a decade or two. I have to put in eyedrops for the duration of that. Since I didn't opt for the Lasik option, I still need glasses for distance but mid and close vision is perfect.

The right eye gets fixed in a bit less than two weeks.