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Old 9 Nov 21, 02:50 PM  
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Anyone had cataract surgery?

Iíve been told today,that I need surgery on my rig=ght eye to remove cataracts.
There is a further complication,in that I also have Fuchs Dystrophy, which will require a cornea transplant, they are concerned that as the cornea is already weak, the cataract surgery might finish the cornea off, so then a transplant woukd need to be done sooner than later.

The consultant said they operate surgically on the cataract not with laser, so the anethatise just around the eye,so you are awake during the operation!
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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:07 PM  
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My mum was a day patient (the Monday before 1st lockdown). It was just like an outpatient appointment. I waited for her while she had the procedure. It didn't take very long.

Maybe 24 hours before her sight was clear. Some people se the improvement before that.

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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:11 PM  
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Have had cataracts removed from both eyes.
Yes a strange sensation being awake but it's a pretty simple procedure, one was quite "thick".
Once it's done it's like having HD vision!
Good luck.
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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:25 PM  
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You can opt to have cataract surgery under general anesthetic if it concerns you. That may alter wait times though.
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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:37 PM  
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Like Salmin iíve had cataracts removed from both eyes. Must admit i was nervous as hell before the first one and itís the weirdest sensation iíve ever known but it was fine.

My consultant knew how nervous i was so counted down each minute during the process. ďThatís us 3 minutes in, youíre doing really wellĒ type stuff. Typing it out probably makes it sound like they were talking to me like a child but i was really happy they did it.

The eye was covered with gauze and a small slit cut in it which they then work through. Folk asked me how i was able to stay still but you just do and how you donít blink, the eyelid was effectively bull dog clipped open (it wasnít but i cant think of another way to describe it) and the main sensation you feel is the water they constantly have going in and around the eye and the super bright light youíre staring into. One strange thing was the rainbow prism like effect when they move the new lens in and that remained if you looked at a house light for a few days afterwards.

Itíll only be once youíve had them done that you realise how bad your sight was. DW used to laugh when iíd say how green the grass was when we were out walking the dog. The only downside for me was being able to see the wee bits of dust that float around and the midges!

Good luck, you wont need it though.
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Had it. Itís slightly uncomfortable but not painful. Itís a bit like being in the midst of a weird computer game where there is a white background with some little shapes moving around.
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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:39 PM  
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My mum had both hers done and said it was strange, but didn't hurt.

Worth it for clearer vision though 🙂
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Old 9 Nov 21, 03:46 PM  
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I have had both eyes done, first eye simple. Second eye my iris prolapsed, it became an emergency, 3 hours having it stitched back while awake on the operating theatre table! Not fun. Not fun for the people on the list after me either as they were cancelled and had to go home!
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Interested in this. I have a developing cataract but not bad enough for surgery yet. Good to know it can be done by local anaesthetic.
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Old 9 Nov 21, 05:27 PM  
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Thank you all for your experiences, thatís helped me a lot.
I think the worry is not knowing how it goes, but yiu have put my mind at rest
Thank you all
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