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Getting rid of those pesking glasses/contacts

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Cruisin Nurse, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Finally had enough of the taking glasses off, put on helmet, put on glasses and all in reverse.
    Can't wear contacts, can't have laser so stuck with glasses....WRONG....LOL

    Don't have Cataracts but can still have the same surgery. Refractive Lens exchange. Have your natural lens taken out and a corrected lens implanted. You get your vision back in 15 minutes per eye. Last for the rest of your life.

    Of course it would help if you had cataracts as then it is subsidised by Medicare and Health Fund. Alas I dont have them so pay for it myself. Works out to be about $2500 an eye. Well worth the expense.

    Had the left one today and the right next Monday...woohooo.


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  2. Good one.
    Both my parents have had both eyes done and they couldn't be happier.
  3. Yaarrr, be it September already?
    Oh, sorry - best wishes for the other one...
  4. I've been thinking of this, I wear contacts, but it would be nice to not have to bother and they would be paid off in 10 years or so. However every time I go to the optomotrist my eyes are a tiny bit worse, I can't get it till my eyes have leveled out. Too much work on a computer.
  5. Note to self: Harass optometrist to see if kerataconus corneas are affordable yet.
  6. Your age is a big factor in refractive change. There is often a bit more change in your 20s, then stable, and then a fairly sudden change (1 or 2 dioptres) in your early-mid 40s after which it will stabilise again and tend slowly toward long-sightedness.

    You apparently have a refractive error, and that could still be changing. Working on a computer does not really make your refraction worse. What it does is cause the muscles and nerves that change your depth of vision to atrophy slightly. You can get this back with exercises to a fair extent. (Won't change the refractive error though).

    There are several options for changing refraction, not all of them surgical. Get a few opinions before you commit.
  7. I assume you've been offered some other options before you get to that point?
    transplant is usually for the more severe cases, and although it is fairly reliable, it may not guarantee you unaided vision (many continue to use contacts or spectacles).

    I also assume you've seen a good contact lens specialist ophthalmologist? Optometrist is not ideally who you should talk to about this.

    The company I work for is involved with a new surgical system with Riboflavin cross linking that is claiming some very good results for keratoconus - enough that they are planning on offering it as an alternative to LASIK for regular refractive correction.

    (disclaimer: I am not clinically trained, but I am getting these posts checked by a clinically trained person).
  8. Oh yes, it's so warped it's scarred and there's no point with contacts or glasses, but it's one eye only so i was reticent to get on the limited transplant list - people don't donate eyes and i'd rather someone who needed a full pair got the limited supply. Never got around to asking for a new referral because when i asked... 5 years ago... there was no option but transplant. Really should have asked yearly since these things change and i'm a great candidate for newish treatments due to the backup perfect eye.

    Trying to get some peripheral vision back can only be helpful for riding, too. Right side head checks are so sweeping the bike tends to move.

    Back OT, GL on the second! Skipping the glasses in the helmet must be a delight.
  9. Interesting. Glasses are painful and esp more so if you're a rider.

    Where did you get this done from?
  10. Tell me more about this procedure.. what is it actually doing to correct what type of vision problem(s).. I know I can google the interwebs for it, but I can't be bothered,a nd probably end up on the weird side of Youtube again..

    Quite interested in this process, seeing that it appears to correct vision without lasik.

    I've had lasers in both eyes, and now I can see farther and clearer than 20/20; however some people I know cannot have lasik for one reason or another, so quite intrigued by this.
  11. I should let the OP tell her story, but since I work next to three ophthalmic surgical specialists...

    Intraocular lens (IOL) replacement involves removing the natural lens from the front of your eye, and replacing it with a synthetic one. This is usually done for people with cataracts (clouding of the natural lens) but the new lens also offers the opportunity to correct the patient's refractive error at the same time.

    Nowadays it's a fairly routine procedure, although not without a small risk. Usually it's done for older people because they are more prone to cataract. My partner is having it done this year, due to early cataracts. She is mid-40s and considered unusually young for lens replacement. She has been told that it may need to be done again later in life.

    It's a considerably more invasive procedure than LASIK, so surgeons do not routinely offer it as the first option for refractive error, but not all patients are suitable for LASIK. It's also probably a little less precise in it's outcomes. It may also leave you needing reading glasses.

    FYI there is also the option of Ortho K for some people. This involves sleeping with rigid contact lenses in, to re-shape the cornea while you sleep. It does work for some patients.
  12. I'd be surprised and more than a little disappointed if anyone here was not a TOTAL organ donor.
    You're welcome to mine mate, if I beat you to the gate - the way I treat my body though, I dunno if ANYTHING will be of much use...
  13. Ah ok.. so it's actually replacing the entire lense of the eye! Wouldn't cause movement of sorts?

    My Lasik required a flap to be made; however this was still attached at some point (not completely removed)..

    Whats the down time (recovery) for such a procedure?
  14. With both LASIK and lens exchange you should be functional by the next day, but avoid contact sports, excessive motion (track day?) and drying wind for about a week. There will be settling in period from a couple of weeks to a couple of months during which vision should hopefully improve further. (I'm told).

    These procedures correct refractive (ie. focusing ) problems like short or long-sightedness. They can correct for astigmatism to a lesser extent. They will not help in the case of retinal (nerves at the back of the eye) problems. Keratoconus requires different treatment(s).
  15. /derail
    Optometrist reckons it's a combination of worrying about caskets (silly since they do a great job with fakies just like they do a great job after the near ubiquitous autopsies) and some superstitious silliness. Went around my family and the theory held for about half of them (half of those now full donors after having realised it matters!)

    No pity party there, could have been on the list if i wanted. Just kind of weird/interesting/disappointing like how many more people would take organs than donate them. Also i might be in the same boat at this rate. Must stop having things taken out in hospital prematurely! :p ./derail
  16. Yeah well I see it as some warped kind of greed - "I can't use it any more, but fuck you, I'm taking it with me anyway..."
  17. Ok, update time.

    I had the refractive lens exchange on my left eye on Monday lunchtime. This procedure was done through Eyescan in Toorak. The procedure was performed at the Vision Eye centre on Denmark Hill road, Campberwell.

    Arrived at the surgery and was sent into a a small room to do all the paperwork and to have drops put in my eye to dilate it.
    Then take into a preop room and placed on a bed. The drug doctor then placed the needle in the back of my hand which unknowingly put me into a twighlight sleep. I knew it would happen just didn't know it was happening then...lol. The drug doctor came back and checked to make sure the left eye socket was asleep which it was.

    I was then wheeled into the Op theatre and had a dressing placed over my face with only my left eye exposed. I was awake through the whole procedure which took approx 15 minutes. It was like having a tissue placed over my eye. I could see blurry figures moving around me but could not make anything out. Especially when the lens was taken out...lol The surgeon was telling me everything that was going on which i felt comforting.

    After it was finished i was wheeled into recovery and fed a sandwich and a drink or water. Once these were finished i was allowed to go home. All over in less than 2 hours.

    To clarify why i had this procedure done I was farsighted, had an Astigmatism and also Kerataconus. At late 40s I could not get laser due to my corneas being too thin. As a result of having Kerataconus (irregular shaped cornea) I could not get suitable contacts that would sit properly on the eye.

    Yesterday I went back to Toorak to have the patch taken off and had an eye test. After day one of recovery I have the vision in my left eye 1 1/2 lines better than what i would need to get a drivers licence. I am having my right eye done next Monday and expect the results to be even better as this was my stronger eye.

    Having this procedure done has and will continue to increase my quality of life in the many activities that have in the past been hindered by having to wear aided vision correction.