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Joe Lyddon

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09-14-2013 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cataract surgery review report


I can SEE!

OK, you ask… So What?

First of all, a Cataract is an abnormality that forms on the Lens inside the eyeball… Once you get them, glasses will NOT solve the problem… The only solution is to replace the Lens inside the eye… They have been doing this for many years and, according to my Dr., there was only a 1% chance there could be a problem. 99% chance of NO Problem.

Well, I have been wearing glasses since the 7th grade (and should have started earlier)...
I just had Cataract surgery in my Right eye to:

1. Get rid of the Cataracts.

2. Get Distance Vision corrected.

3. Get Astigmatism corrected.

The normal replacement lens takes care of #’s 1 & 2 BUT, does NOT correct the Astigmatism, forcing you to still need glasses to correct it… There is a Special lens available that also corrects the Astigmatism! It’s called a TORIC lens… $1,200 per eye… it does it!
I elected to get the TORIC lens in my Right eye so I would also get the Astigmatism corrected. IT WORKS!!

Near, close-up vision is NOT corrected, requiring Reading glasses, that I will be using.

There is a lens that does it all… it’s called a ReSTOR lens… $1,900 per eye… It will correct Everything, Close to Far, but don’t know about the Astigmatism… I did not consider this lens.

By the looks of it, I can see down to about 24” away without glasses in Right eye; the real close-up to be corrected with reading glasses. (OK with me!) I think I will be able to drive without any glasses!

Everything from ~24” to infinity is VERY CLEAR and SHARP! I CAN SEE! WITHOUT GLASSES!

I can hardly wait to get the Left eye done!

I will be getting the Standard lens in Left eye as soon as I can get it!! Insurance covers it 100%.

I do NOT have Astigmatism in the left eye, so the Standard lens will work just FINE Correcting #’s 1 and 2 above…. leaving only the Close-up vision to be corrected with reading glasses.

This is just AWESOME!

And the nice thing, I guess, is that MY OLD GLASSES just mess up my total vision; therefore, they are NOW USELESS JUNK!! Whoopeee!! Never to be worn by me ever again!

Right now, in looking at the computer screen, I can do it TWO WAYS…

1. Close my right eye, using my Cataract ridden Left eye, getting super close to the screen.

2. Using a large magnifying glass! It’s amazing… The clear vision I get from the Right eye, overpowers my brain in seeing from my Left eye… and all of it is nice & clear! (BUT, it takes my extra hand to Hold It! LOL )

I find myself switching back & forth (like when typing), etc. More FUN!
I will be glad when I get reading glasses to take care of it…

Crazy thing… I used to take OFF my glasses to easily see the computer screen & then, put my glasses ON to see the TV, across the room…
NOW, I can get super close to the screen to read & type and just look UP to see TV ALL WITHOUT GLASSES!!


Just thought you’d be interested in my Cataract eye correction experience…

NO PAIN or STRAIN! ... Just a lot of Drops and taping on a Shield (to be used for 1 month) for sleeping!

If you have questions about my experience, feel free to ask them… I will do my best to answer them.

Take care,

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 04:56 AM

Good news Joe!

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 07:19 AM

My last eye exam the doctor said I have the beginning stages of cataracts. I was less than thrilled.
Always good to hear good health news from someone who has experienced it.
Good for you Joe…...................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 10:45 AM

very cool…fun read to about your experiences. I’m happy for you

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 10:55 AM

Vision is a precious thing. Congratulations Joe on regaining yours!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 11:00 AM

Great news, Joe.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 01:20 PM

That’s great news! Make’s it easier in the shop I bet!

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 01:33 PM

this is good joe

should help allot
in the shop
and the bathroom too

we see so many ‘new’ medical things
but don’t get to find out how they actually work

glad you got to find out

and thanks for sharing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 01:54 PM

This sounds great, Joe. I have some eye problems and am a little concerned about it so I need to check this out. I’m so glad that it’s working out for you. It will definitely help with your woodworking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 09-14-2013 02:31 PM

Congratulation Joe. Had both of my eyes done. Need “readers” for anything within arms length but I have them all over the house and shop. Have an “Opti-visor” with 2.5 diopter lens for close up work in the shop and even have a pain of bi-focal sunglasses that are Plano and have the 2.5 diopter lenses for reading. ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#10 posted 09-14-2013 02:37 PM

That’s Great Joe, I’m happy for you it really sucks not being able to see good I just started wearing glasses the eyes aint like they use to be

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#11 posted 09-14-2013 05:48 PM

I know what your going through. Had mine done about 5 years ago with the expensive lens and haven’t worn glasses since. It’s a great feeling to be able to see all the beautiful colors again. Congrats to you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 09-14-2013 10:31 PM

Working in the Shop is “OFF LIMITS” until I get the ALL CLEAR from my Dr.

Eye must be healed 110% before I will chance it…

No fine sawdust is going to mess this up!

Once I’m cleared, instead of wearing Seeing Glasses, which also doubled as Safety Glasses, I will be wearing Safety Glasses when called for…

Thank you for your kind words… I hope this helps others faced with the same problem…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 12:14 AM

Gr8 news Joe. Now you won’t have to type so big…. heheheheheehe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 12:26 AM


Good point… I’m up to 14 pt text… I like 12 pt normally.


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 12:31 AM

There is something else I am noticing!!

Before, after I read for awhile, I would feel eye stress fatigue & would just have to take a break or go to bed.

NOW, I feel NO eye stress fatigue at all!

Did I also tell Y’all that I read the Computer screen without glasses… not even a Magnifying Glass!!

I see the Dr. Fri… I’m going to ask him when I can other eye done ASAP!!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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