Cateracts!

Vince01

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Hi Vince01 You can book an appointment with your Optician who will refer you to hospital they make the decision on what and when you need treatment. Good luck nothing to worry about straight forward op pain free Good Luck K
Hi granny_grump
Thanks for your reply, I'm not too sure if it is cataracts or just t2 blurry vision?.
I made the mistake of googling cataracts oops and it "looks" horrendous!, I've had needles galore broken bones and even had a finger cut sealed with super glue but eyes freak me out.
Many thanks
Vince.

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Vince01

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That's borne out by my mother's experience at the age of 51 in 1971. She had cataracts in both eyes and the ophthalmologist said to her "You're young to have cataracts. Do you have diabetes in your family?"
"Only my second son" (me!)
I'm now 13 years older than she was and have the onset of cataracts.
Happy New Year to one of the most positive people on the forum!
Hi,
When we're you diagnosed with diabetes, is it T2?
Thanks.
Vince.

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Hi,
When we're you diagnosed with diabetes, is it T2?
Thanks.
Vince.

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Type1, diagnosed 30th July 1959 (11months old). Pancreas/kidney transplant 13th August 2013. End of treatment. There is no category for someone in my situation!
 
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MrsA2

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Hi,
When we're you diagnosed with diabetes, is it T2?
Thanks.
Vince.

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Not necessarily, the 2 main types, T1 and T2 are very different conditions.
Very simplistically, The first doesn't produce insulin, the second produces it but doesn't utilise it properly

What have you been told? What were your symptoms (if any)
 
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Hi granny_grump
Thanks for your reply, I'm not too sure if it is cataracts or just t2 blurry vision?.
I made the mistake of googling cataracts oops and it "looks" horrendous!, I've had needles galore broken bones and even had a finger cut sealed with super glue but eyes freak me out.
Many thanks
Vince.

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I have had both eyes "done" for cataracts. The experience is not horrendous. First time I was very nervous, second time (a couple of years later) not at all
They use drops in the eye as a local anaesthetic so there is no pain. You cannot really see any of the procedure so it is not as I had imagined it (the drops blur the vision and a bright light shines into it). It is also a very quick operation. The transformation in vision is amazing.
If it is cataracts, I know you will worry, but the procedure is not as bad as you think!
 

Vince01

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I have had both eyes "done" for cataracts. The experience is not horrendous. First time I was very nervous, second time (a couple of years later) not at all
They use drops in the eye as a local anaesthetic so there is no pain. You cannot really see any of the procedure so it is not as I had imagined it (the drops blur the vision and a bright light shines into it). It is also a very quick operation. The transformation in vision is amazing.
If it is cataracts, I know you will worry, but the procedure is not as bad as you think!
That has really helped, thanks

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Taking steroids is possibly one of the main causes of cataracts. Not all cataract surgery goes well. My wife had one done 4 weeks ago and everything is more blurry than it was before. The opthalmist can't see anything wrong with the surgery. I suspect she will be need glasses when she has them tested shortly. I wonder whether the surgeon may have messed-up the lens spec?
 
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sharonlmartin

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I've had cataracts both eyes and had ops on both, I no longer need glasses for reading or distance, first op done nearly 10 years ago but one of the new lenses has slipped slightly, so think in time it will need replacing again, this was picked up at my diabetic eye screening.
 
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I've had both done and it has been such a life change! I don't need glasses at all for driving, but I do need them for reading and using the computer.
The 6 weeks of aftercare per eye is a bit trying, but so is not being able to see properly.
 
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Jaylee

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I've had both done and it has been such a life change! I don't need glasses at all for driving, but I do need them for reading and using the computer.
The 6 weeks of aftercare per eye is a bit trying, but so is not being able to see properly.
My mum had her’ done many, many years back? Could be around 30 years or so.
She ditched the glasses & at 90 years of age just needs readers for text in her papers.
She never drove. & I do remember the hospital let her sight get so bad before they did anything about it..

I recently had a sight test… Good news, is my prescription lenses didn’t need a change.. (I hadn’t seen an optician in nearly 3 years??

But guess “what….” I’m not spooked by it. However, My ophthalmologist at the hospital (who I’ve also recently seen.. other check up stuff..) Don’t wanna know…
 

Vince01

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I've had cataracts both eyes and had ops on both, I no longer need glasses for reading or distance, first op done nearly 10 years ago but one of the new lenses has slipped slightly, so think in time it will need replacing again, this was picked up at my diabetic eye screening.
Hi,
If you have cataracts, will laser treatment do the same?.

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Ginia

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Had slight cataracts early last year I could still see well with glasses but I was advised to have them operated on, I had bothe done simple operation and I can now see perfectly with no glasses, I would advise anybody to have surgery but to have the best lenses, not having to wear glasses for the first time for 35 years is great
Hi Peter,
that's great. I'm 71 pre diabetes waiting to see if this has now moved to full blown. My optician informed me at eye check that I have cataracts in both eyes but he is not referring me for treatment ( should have asked why but didn't) instead was prescribed new spectacles for both long and short distance which ended up costing me nearly £400. I'm a bit put out but don't know whether I have any say in the matter.
Best wishes
V
 

coby

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Had slight cataracts early last year I could still see well with glasses but I was advised to have them operated on, I had bothe done simple operation and I can now see perfectly with no glasses, I would advise anybody to have surgery but to have the best lenses, not having to wear glasses for the first time for 35 years is great
Yes indeed ... if surgery works!
My mum lost her vision and I have lost 26 per cent of my vision during cataract operations.
Doesn't come without risks sadly :(
 

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Yes indeed ... if surgery works!
My mum lost her vision and I have lost 26 per cent of my vision during cataract operations.
Doesn't come without risks sadly :(
That's very scary. I saw an eye specialist at the beginning of the year as I have Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) and I am losing my vision. He told me I had cataracts in both eyes as well as the Fuchs. I didn't even know I had cataracts. The surgeon told me he needed to deal with the cataracts first. I was scheduled for cataract surgery March 6th, but my surgeon had a car accident so it has been rescheduled for April 10th. It will make my Fuchs worse, but they have to deal with my cataracts before the complex corneal transplants. The fact that the cataract surgery can fail is very concerning.
 

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I have had both eyes done. Doctor was brilliant. She asked how I have managed my whole life with my right eye very very short sighted, in fact I didn't use that eye at all. She said she would alter my lens and I now can see out of that eye, not enough to actually read but good enough. (don't read this bit if you're scared) Whilst she was doing my right eye I could see what she was doing, fascinating.

Best thing I have had done.
 
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Melgar

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I had my first cataract surgery yesterday. So the day after surgery what do you see? I know it gets worse before it gets better, and it seems that people's vision is very blurry. My question is this, do you get a veritable light show. I'll describe it. All light sources have halos, when I say halos, they look like the corona you get around the sun when it is fully eclipsed by the moon. Very bright and dominating. Plus I have multiple rainbows off any thing shiny. I'm just wondering how much is due to the cataract surgery and how much is down to my Fuchs disease.

The Fuchs does give me light shows in my vision, but not this dramatic. Thanks Mel
 

Lamont D

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Maybe, the op has given you powers of a psychic???
And you can see the auras, that envelop people?????

Hope you feel better tomorrow.
 
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