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Author Topic: Post Cateracts Surgery Complications / Detatched Retina  (Read 2440 times)
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2021, 07:35:33 pm »

It does border on the political, apologies.

I do not pretend to know what the solution would look like. I'm just aggrivated at how I'm keeping my eyes mostly because I have family that's able to deal with the financial consiquences'. Having ones vision dependant on ones wallet is.... Honestly terrifying.

This is a very real issue that affects many. I wish I could say that I can sustain the economic impact stemming from illness, but even at my age, I can't say that. Wish you all the best Lazaras.
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2021, 08:40:46 pm »

I am disappointed that lines still aren't straight, but so long as there is no last minute oh hey the bubble is gone suddenly you are seeing worse.... I am able to read out of my right eye.

The thing that baffles me is I have better color and contrast on my right eye than my left and had ever since cateracts surgery (both eyes had been treated.)

Leaves me wondering what and why along with a dash of 'is this something I have done?'
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« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2021, 02:21:54 am »

I am disappointed that lines still aren't straight, but so long as there is no last minute oh hey the bubble is gone suddenly you are seeing worse.... I am able to read out of my right eye.

The thing that baffles me is I have better color and contrast on my right eye than my left and had ever since cateracts surgery (both eyes had been treated.)

Leaves me wondering what and why along with a dash of 'is this something I have done?'

Don't be too quick to jump to conclusions. It's normal for colors and contrast to change after any retinal damage.

I have a ring shaped scar on the retina, around the macula of one of my eyes due to a blunt trauma as a child. Along with a scar on the retina, none of the lines going through the macula are really straight, over many years (about 30 years) the crooked lines straightened and now they're more blurry than straight. The resolution out of the eye is like comparing a blurry Windows95 level 50 kilobyte jpeg picture vs a 10 megapixel photograph on your iPhone. Luckily, my dominant eye is the other one. I use the bad eye for peripheral vision and stereo effect only.

I lost quite a bit of color receptors as well as light receptors, and as a result the color saturation on that eye is stronger than the normal eye. The colors are different, the amount of light is balanced by the fact that the iris was permanently distended (torn muscle), so I have a very large pupil all the time on that eye (at night that eye shines like the eye of a wild animal!  Cheesy) . It's extremely sensitive to light because of it, and during the last snow storm in Texas , just a couple of hours with sunshine outside gave my retina a "sunburn" and I saw pink out of that eye for 2 days. I learned my lesson and after that I wouldn't leave the house without sunglasses.
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« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2021, 10:45:47 am »

I am disappointed that lines still aren't straight, but so long as there is no last minute oh hey the bubble is gone suddenly you are seeing worse.... I am able to read out of my right eye.

The thing that baffles me is I have better color and contrast on my right eye than my left and had ever since cateracts surgery (both eyes had been treated.)

Leaves me wondering what and why along with a dash of 'is this something I have done?'

I remember that it took a while after the surgery for a detached retina for the straight lines to appear straight in both eyes (I hope that makes sense); as for the colour difference, I've just checked, and the eye where the cataract was removed about eight months ago is still showing colours a little more yellow-ish, though nowhere near as strongly tinted as before I got treatment.  I suppose a sepia tint to everything would be good for a steampunk, except that with the cataract I could only read things if I held them close to my face - and that meant two very different lenses in my spectacles, and that meant my eyes had to cope with objects appearing to be different sizes, and that meant eyestrain.....
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« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2021, 11:29:39 am »

I just spent the night in hospital A&E with my wife who appears to have a detached retina. And all morning in another hospital for a consultant to tell her that it's not serious yet but that they will have to keep an eye on it (too tired to laugh).

My sympathies to you, Lazaras, but we're hoping she doesn't end up going through what you just have.
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« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2021, 03:11:04 pm »

I just spent the night in hospital A&E with my wife who appears to have a detached retina. And all morning in another hospital for a consultant to tell her that it's not serious yet but that they will have to keep an eye on it (too tired to laugh).

My sympathies to you, Lazaras, but we're hoping she doesn't end up going through what you just have.

Sorry to hear your troubles, but at least you keep up the good humour! Here's looking at you.
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« Reply #31 on: July 11, 2021, 02:03:09 am »

So, how do you 'get' a detached retina? (Because it sounds so b!@@*y awful I want to make sure I never get one...)
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« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2021, 04:21:01 am »

So, how do you 'get' a detached retina? (Because it sounds so b!@@*y awful I want to make sure I never get one...)

I imagine that's one of those situations with multiple causes, like blood pressure, blunt force trauma, genetics...
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« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2021, 07:26:48 am »

So, how do you 'get' a detached retina? (Because it sounds so b!@@*y awful I want to make sure I never get one...)

I imagine that's one of those situations with multiple causes, like blood pressure, blunt force trauma, genetics...
...age, diabetes...

Indeed. The consultant said my wife's is simply 'age-related'. Not a reason you ever want to hear in your mid-50's.
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« Reply #34 on: July 12, 2021, 11:25:10 am »

So, how do you 'get' a detached retina? (Because it sounds so b!@@*y awful I want to make sure I never get one...)

I was told (the first time it happened) that in my case a possible factor is my short-sightedness.  I hadn't been engaging in any violent sports (it was long before I became interested in Steampunk, and I don't consider tea-duelling a violent sport); it just happened.

Some detatchments may be 'age related', but they can happen at all ages - I remember a boy in school with me (back in the last century) had one, as did the teenaage daughter of a colleague (also in the last century). 

A detatched retina is not fun, but if it is identified early, the treatment is usually successful.  Get a regular eye test, and if there is any disturbance to your sight - particularly at the edge of your field of view, get it checked out. 

Sir Henry, I hope your lady wife recovers soon.
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« Reply #35 on: July 12, 2021, 09:34:19 pm »

So, how do you 'get' a detached retina? (Because it sounds so b!@@*y awful I want to make sure I never get one...)

I imagine that's one of those situations with multiple causes, like blood pressure, blunt force trauma, genetics...
...age, diabetes...

Indeed. The consultant said my wife's is simply 'age-related'. Not a reason you ever want to hear in your mid-50's.

My sympathies to your wife. I was told that once a detatchment happens it either has to be surgically fixed or it will likely grow worse and spread from the site of the detatchment.

I hope your wife has a smooth time of it. I've gotten off incredibly lucky compared to some.

And for those mentioning vision changes post surgery. It's my right eye, the one that had surgery, that has better color and contrast than my left.

My detatchment had progressed into the macula, which is the central part of your vision, so I am told that my recovery is remarkable in how well I am responding (surgery took half as long as I was told, only a few days of hard face down time, etc.) This has been all kinds of Not Fun ranging from before this started, all the way through now. I am mostly back to what I could do before, but until the bubble dissipated I still have to have some care.

As for reasons for detatchment. Age, diabetes, injury... Frankly it is generally 'diabetes' and 'other.' mine was started out buy being born three months early and put in a high oxygen environment (cryotherapy was only just rolling out in select places when I was born and so by the time of laser I was generally 'ehvit hasn't gotten worse' and the scleral buckle was sort of an option of last resort.

Them cateracts surgery exasperated matters, so I won the lottery in having post surgical retinal issues and hadn't recognized the symptoms since instad' of a dark curtain or narrowing I had this liquid like bubble... Which I mistook for 'oh hey that thing that happened on my left eye that fixed when the doctor bled pressure off.'

As an important note: the cateracts specialist only saw 'rtinwl swelling' and did not see the detatchment. So while a yearly eye appointment is a great start, I'd there is ANY commentary about your retina, go to a specialist. As with most things, catching it early makes it easier to deal with.

 
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« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2021, 05:07:29 am »

Glare is still an issue, but no worse than last week.

The bubble has shrunk. Actually before this afternoon it was down from a quarter/third of my field of view down to an eight. The afternoon this was written, the bubble fragmented into a larger bubble and a smaller bubble about a quarter the size of the larger. Before then it was always little tiny bubbles at the edges that would stick around for an hour or so and then fizzle out.

I was told near the end the bubble would start breaking up, so maybe by next week the bubble will be Gone.

I've been able to bump global text scaling down from 1.5 to 1.3 in linux mint's global theming and text handling menu. Even then, text is clearer, less wavey, more poppy.  Also while we have had a lot of cloud cover, earlier in the past week I had been able to sight what was probably Venus, as well as a couple other stars. Text still has a warp to it, and there is glare... but look. This leaves me hoping.

I am also down to one drop per day for the next week and my next evaluation is Monday. Past that I am unsure how things will progress. On the one hand I honestly want them to book me to have my left eye done since part of the surgery is removing scar tissue and detatchment grows more likely as I age and frankly I'd rather have the doctor that did my right eye do my left and be done with it as my right responded shockingly well (their words) and the guy specializes in retinopathy of prematurity as opposed to diabetic retinopathy so if I have to do it again go with someone who specializes in the variant I have.... However this is mostly a 'get it over with' sentiment with a wild eyed hope that maybe magic can happen and doing cleanup and preemptive mantinancing would help.

My eyes will never be good. Not enough for what I want, which is normalcy, but 'less bad' I'll take.

I can still see a lot of text warping in my right eye, but it's something I think I have managed to mostly mentally filter while reading because my right eye is the eye with better contrast. I think my left's contrast is improving, but even with readers matching the prescription I was given before things went south (left eye was unchanged) it's not fun to read and my old trick of 'move closer' doesn't work with monofocus lense implants, and insurance wouldn't cover multifocus or astigmatism corrective lensing.

Eyes are getting less tired when doing focus tasks, but still after a couple hours I have to go look elsewhere especially as my right eye gets weepy. Still. I'd rate my recovery so far as going quite well.... Even though this bubble can't be gone soon enough.

So 'next move' is to try getting back in the saddle and start writing again, because I have nothing better to do with my time. Confidence is low. I tend to hate my work, and I'm sick of yelling at people til they actually read the damned things, but I gotta do something.
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« Reply #37 on: December 10, 2021, 05:56:58 am »

Glasses next week. Going to give bifocalsa try.

Everything is about as good as could be hoped for, though I do have an unfortunate answer on why there's this non-clarity in my left eye. There's this big swooshing retinal scar that's been there my entire life that.... theoretically somethign COULD be done about, but the risks would be high.

The real kick in the pants to me is due to how long my eyes have been drastically different, there's... no real chance at my eyes starting to agree enough for binocular vision. So even with everything that's done, I'm never going to drive.

Still, gone from 20/400 to 20/70. That's not nothing.
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« Reply #38 on: December 10, 2021, 07:38:56 am »


Still, gone from 20/400 to 20/70. That's not nothing.
that's great. good for you. there's a whole world of things you now have access to seeing and doing that was otherwise out of you range of sight. I hope to hear stories of the things you find pleasure in seeing that you couldn't before.
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« Reply #39 on: December 11, 2021, 12:29:02 am »

So, new glasses obtained... Opinions.

the distance part? Is difficult to explain since at first glance the change is so subtle 'well what the fuck did you sped money?' but like, it's those edge cases that are just htat little bit clearer rather than 'ZOMFG'

Keep in mind this is on top of me having cataracts surgery with lenses about as high as they go so... it's like... that little bit of a bump plus astigmatism correction.  I'm actually reading the screen at proper sitting distance instead of six inches with readers and tht's bumping the text down from 1.5 down to 1.3.

The reader segment of the bifocals though are honestly? amazing. I genuinely would love a dedicated pair of readers with this prescription.
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