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    I have had both of my eyes done the right one first, it is hard at first to do close work, but once you eye heals and you get a new prescription for your glasses you will be very happy and be able to see so much better. Hang in there it will get better

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    I have only one good eye and that has a cornea transplant. It took a full 18 months to function properly and I have the pieces I sewed to show for it! At least I can see and sew!

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    Your story is much like mine ... ten years ago!

    The time between the two surgeries (three weeks for me) was ever-so frustrating, as the two eyes were focusing in two totally different ways. Before the first surgery, I was legally blind, and while that was the case, at least they worked together in that bad state!

    Vision in the first was unbelievably great when checked the day after, and continued improvement. I did start driving again, the day after the surgery. In all honesty, I couldn't believe how great it was ... and what I had come to forget what I should have been able to see, and could not. And then when the second was done ... I was ever so elated.

    My two opthamologists know that I praise the ground they walk on .... for bringing me from blindness and giving me a life again!!!!!

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    Husband went through same problem. He was as far sighted as can be. Doctor said he probably was legally blind without glasses. First surgery was good until the difference in sight for each eye. He laid on the couch for two weeks. There is no solution because the brain cannot process the change of two different visions. Just rest because after will only be good. You won't remember the problems in a few years or they will be a distant memory. This only happens to those with severe problems that make the difference in sight difficult. Good luck

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    Patience my dear. This too shall pass when the other eye is done. I feel for you but just think 'it could be worse'.

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    I recently had my second cataract removed. Unfortunately since the first one was done 7 years ago and only had the plain silicone lens implanted, I was unable to get the Toric lens this time around. The MD said there would be great difficulty getting the eyes to work together. :-( Did your insurance pay for the Toric lens? My MD said the cost is about $1500.

    Anyhow, my MD remved the cataract and did a procedure called "limbal relaxation" to relieve my astigmatism since it was so bad in the cataract eye. Now it is 3 months later, and I just got my glasses this past weekend.

    What an adjustment - my distance is great, but the closeup is giving me trouble. What do I do now trying to thread a needle ... Unfortunately recovering from this type of surgery, you have to have patience. It's really funny, but your vision WILL get BETTER. Sounds weird, but it's true. Patience is a virtue. Hard to say when things are blurry and you feel like you are drunk.

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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.
    I had mine done three weeks apart, could see immediately, washed clothes the same day, drove the next day, grocery shopped the following day. Get them done close together and then you can get your new glasses without having to change lenses in midstream. Also, get the Transitition glasses. They are marvelous and after cataract surgery bright lights are so bright and the Transititions help remarkably. Good luck to you. I had mine done almost three years ago. Edie

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    Reading about the transition lenses made me think of something else that worked for me ....

    I had glasses with the magnetic clip on sunglasses, and had a pair of yellow ones made for night driving.

    It really helped pre-surgery ... and I prefer them for night driving, even ten years later.

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    Wear a patch over the "bad" eye and sew in short spurts. Your depth perception will be off but you can adjust to that. Just don't go longer than 15-20 min at a time. Rest with eyes closed for 5 min or so after then in about 20 min go again.

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    If a patch over the bad eye doesn't work, I'd call the doctor who did your surgery and ask him what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keesha_ont
    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!
    I held my best friend's hand, through the same surgery, for cataracts. Be patient. Try listening to music. You can just close your eyes and enjoy. He liked classical. What's your favorite? Keep your mind on the end. What a blessing.

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    Same thing happened to me, my eyes were so bad & even my thick plastic lenses in my glasses were so heavy that when I took the one lens out, my glasses were crooked, so couldn't see out of them. I covered my "good" eyes and wore my glasses for my bad eye and then when that eye got tired, I took off my glasses and covered the bad eye. A pain, but didn't have to wait long for second surgery (A week I think) and then I could see with out my glasses but couldn't read with out "cheater" glasses from dollar store. Both eyes doing great now and it has been almost 10 years, but that 1st week was misserable.

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    Yes I had the surgery and found if I wore my old glasses it worked so I could see. Just be patient until you get your new glasses.
    It is wonderful.

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    My eye dr prescribed a contact lens, and it worked great!

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    I just had both of my eyes done last winter. I had to wait 6 wks between surgery and I agree that was really hard. Put now it is sooooooo worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in Minnesota
    My eye dr prescribed a contact lens, and it worked great!
    My eye dr. was amazed that I thought to do that but it was a blessing.

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    oops, it posted twice

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    keesha-- take your time on the boom blocks! we had several people run late or drop out. just let april know.
    i hope your eye problems will soon be resolved and you'll be stitchin like crazy! feel better soon hon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia
    keesha-- take your time on the boom blocks! we had several people run late or drop out. just let april know.
    i hope your eye problems will soon be resolved and you'll be stitchin like crazy! feel better soon hon!
    Thanks Nancia - I have a friend coming over on Sunday to help with the boomerang blocks. Should have a bunch going out on Monday.

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    Like I wrote my husband had surgery also. Said he was blind as a bat. Had to have the cataract surgery done, but without the stigmatism part. Please be patient and don't let the feeling that not doing anything more than sitting on the couch is bad. My husband sat in the dark for two weeks. The doctor was able to do the eyes two weeks apart due to it being just the lens replacement. Everyday were eye drops and lying or sitting on the couch for him. It was the longest two weeks ever. There is nothing your husband can do for you except be kind and do all the chores. Your mind wasn't made to see the way it is right now. Take care and avoid dust, dogs and husband.

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    I know it is hard, but hang in there and be patient. My husband has had two cataract operations and he is amazed at the difference in his vision. October 14th is not too far away. You are comparing 2 1/2 weeks to the rest of your life! I know of several people who didn't follow the post op restrictions and had complications as a result. Just hang in there.

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    i have had athe same surgery the wait is well worth it.

    just be a little patient//// it could be worse

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