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Thread: Need some help from my quilting friends!

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    Junior Member keesha_ont's Avatar
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    Last Thursday I had cataract surgery with astigmatism corrective lens put in my eye. Surgery went well - no discomfort, etc. at all. Prior to this surgery I was blind as a bat pretty near without my glasses. I now have one eye done and starting to see pretty good with it. However, I'm finding it very very difficult to function when the other eye is worse than the one I had done. Took the lens out of my glasses for the "new" eye but can't see anything with both eyes with the lens for the other eye in. I've tried taping the other eye lens with electrical tape but it seems to be straining the eye that had surgery. I'm feeling pretty frustrated as about all I can do is sit on the couch and listen to the tv. My husband has been getting the brunt of my frustration. I'm sure once the other eye is done (october 14) both eyes will work together nicely but right now that is too far away for me. I'm also supposed to be at work (accountant) as I have a lot of deadlines. One of the worst problems is that I can see my quilting room from the couch where I have about 25 boomerang squares to make (sorry ladies - they'll be coming) and can't sew a stitch. I think that is the hardest for me to endure right now. I am thankful that there is surgery like this and in a month or so I'll be eternally grateful for this surgery but right now I'm not liking it at all. Just wondering if anyone else out there has had implant surgery for this problem and how they functioned until the second eye was done. Thank you all!

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    Haven't been thru that but want to send good thoughts to you!!! Keep remembering that soon you will be back at it again :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I can't even imagine what you are going through. How about a patch to cover the bad eye? You may not be able to sew or read much until you are used to it, but at least the difference will not drive you crazy.

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    i had one eye at a time fixed. but i didnt use eyeglasses... i previously had monovision contacts. so i had my regular contact specialist fit me with the corrective lens that helped the most. it wasn't perfect, but i was able to function alright. it was a year until i had the second eye fixed, though. now i need another surgery for a cataract in the second eye. [sigh] best wishes to you.

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    Time is so precious so try to take advantage to get some true rest and then when you are healed, you will have enough energy to tackle all those tasks. I agree that it is so wonderful to have this technology. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    I had mine done 2 weeks apart, tried to wear my regular glasses with one lens out....then remembered I had a pair of contacts I had gotten that summer, put one in my bad eye and away I went. Then went to the dollar store and got a pair of reading glasses. If you don't have a contact lense, go to Walmart and get fitted for one real fast. Won't cost much and you will be soooooo relieved. I had worn bifocals before the surgery so this worked for me. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEW as soon as you get that contact. The new ones take no getting used to. Bless you, I wish you the best.

    BTW, the reason your glasses probably don't work is because the implant is single vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen
    I had mine done 2 weeks apart, tried to wear my regular glasses with one lens out....then remembered I had a pair of contacts I had gotten that summer, put one in my bad eye and away I went. Then went to the dollar store and got a pair of reading glasses. If you don't have a contact lense, go to Walmart and get fitted for one real fast. Won't cost much and you will be soooooo relieved. I had worn bifocals before the surgery so this worked for me. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEW as soon as you get that contact. The new ones take no getting used to. Bless you, I wish you the best.

    BTW, the reason your glasses probably don't work is because the implant is single vision.
    Will they do a contact for the eye that hasn't had surgery if it also has a cataract? Trying an eye patch over bad eye but it isn't working for me - seems to be too much strain on "new" eye which really isn't up to par yet visually.

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    What did your eye doctor recommend? Since they work with this situation every day, I bet they could tell you the best way to handle this.

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    I had the same problem and just prayed for the day to come fast for the second eye. Then I decided to call the doctor and let him know how aweful things were and he was able to get me a date much sooner. That was over 5 years ago and am ever so greatful to be able to see without glasses. Only need them now for close-up work. Good Luck and hope you can get it done sooner:-)

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    My friend who had this done used a patch on the bad eye.

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