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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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    I had to wait 6 months to get new glasses. Now I have corrective glasses and it's fine, however they had to do a second lazer on my corrected eye because of secondary cataract which sometimes happens. I see pretty good now.

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    Keesha, the eye with the cataract is the one I was talking about getting the contact for. You don't need it on your good one....it already has the lens implanted. You're just trying to even them up. Once you get reading glasses, you can work.
    Anyway, at the Walmart I got mine at, the optomotrist (that doesn't look right, spelling) gave me mine. Didn't have to buy from front storefront inside the store. (I believe the doc is independent)

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    It is just a matter of time before you will be able to do everything again. Not to much longer. A vacation from everything usual and you might even "see" how to look at things through a different eye. Could be very eye opening in the end! From sight to re-sight!
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    It will take time for you to get used to the difference -- I had to cover my "bad" eye when I tried to read . Eventually I learned to adjust what I was looking at. I had to wait 3 years before I and the doc dared to even think of doing the second eye.

    Hang in there -- it will get better -- and I'm sure it is worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3
    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.
    I called the surgeon and he had no recommendation. I'm also wondering how long it takes before I can see clearly with new eye as things are still blurry which doesn't help. I'm sorry- not complaining - just frustrated.

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    it took me several weeks to get used to the change. Be sure to wear dark glasses every time you go outside.

    Think of it as if you had just got out of surgery and had a cast removed -- it takes time to retrain the muscles -- and your eye has a lot of them.

    I will also mention, that if you are really blurry -- please go back to your doc and have your eye checked. It is important that everything checks out well. He can't tell from just listening to you trying to explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mim
    it took me several weeks to get used to the change. Be sure to wear dark glasses every time you go outside.

    Think of it as if you had just got out of surgery and had a cast removed -- it takes time to retrain the muscles -- and your eye has a lot of them.

    I will also mention, that if you are really blurry -- please go back to your doc and have your eye checked. It is important that everything checks out well. He can't tell from just listening to you trying to explain.

    Thanks Mim! I did call him because things were blurry - he said to me he'd see me on October 5th - wasn't really reassuring - just told me I should be driving. Hubby said "NO WAY" If you can't see you're not driving - LOL. He also told me I could work today with no problems! Don't think he took my concerns very seriously! He should because I had to pay quite a bit for this surgery - the cataract surgery was covered but not the special implants. I'm sure it will all work out. I'm just not a patient patient!

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    I don't have any answers for you, but just wanted you to know you will be in my thoughts & that everything will work out well for you. I'm sure it is very frustrating to you being able to see your quilting area & not being able to quilt.

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    hmmm... DH had surgery last Tuesday (Sept 20). His eyes are clear and he is going nuts with the non-surgery eye still having a cataract. Went to the Dr for the 1 week check up and scheduled his next surgery. We had the lens removed from his glasses for the eye that had the surgery and the Dr said he sees well enough to drive -- unfortunately the first appt is in November so he does have to wait a while.

    Hope your eye clears up -- make sure your Dr knows the new eye is blurry -- DH Dr told us to let him know right away if it did not clear up within a day or two.

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    QuiltnLady, why does your DH have to wait till November? Is the Doc that busy? No other reason to wait.

    Get the man a contact lens for his cataract eye...it makes the wait sooooo easy.

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    I'm glad the surg went ell I need it done but can't find a local surgon to do it I not only have a cataract but lazy eye. Can only do any reading or eye work for short periods!
    Good luck oct right around cornER!!

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    I'm having my eyes done later this year. I fret that I'm going to be sooooo bored. You can only watch/listen the LOTR so many times.
    Can you do any hand work?
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    Your pushing it. It heals very fast and now I don't even wear glasses unless I am on the computer. Make sure you always wear sunglasses in the sun and the bright snow and you will be just fine. Had both eyes done 1 month apart and no problems. - J

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    Did any of you have the implant for astigmatism - I received the toric lens which I had to pay for. Thanks for all your comments - much appreciated. Just trying to be patient but its hard when you're a person who can't sit still. I think I've had enough coffee for a month now - LOL.

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    I feel your flustration. I went to Walmart and got a cheap pair of glasses until I got my other eye done.

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