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    Default Cataract Surgery

    Hello my friends,

    My vision in my right eye deteriorated to a point in which my eye dr. recommanded a cataract surgery. (I couldn't enjoy my pred without a cost... ).
    The eye dr. said that it is up to me, to choose the time of the surgery. I can wait or go for it.


    I have many questions:


    Is it better to wait as much as I can, or to do it asap ?
    At which point in the 6 months period between each rtx IV is it better to do the surgery ? Will it be more safe somewhere in the middle of that period in order to be more safe from flares ?


    Should I be on antibiotics before/ during/ after ?
    I remmember vaguely that Sangy wrote something about pred and going to a surgery. Does any one recall what it was ?


    I cant imagine not being able to drive. How long until I can drive again ?


    Since the left eye is not yet at the point to do a surgery, and I have high number of glasses in it (as well as more then 9.75 in the poor right eye) the dr. said that with the new len I will still need glasses, not to create such big difference between the two eyes. So, do I buy glasses in advance with the new numbers ? I am almost blind without glasses.


    How do I choose the right surgeon ?


    What else do I need to know or ask for ?


    I will be more then grateful for anyone who can share everything about his/ hers cataract surgery.


    Thank you all for being here. I love you. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas from @pberggren1 and from me.
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    Default Re: Cataract Surgery

    I don't know much about this, but if I were to consider cataract surgery, I would start by gaining understanding of the procedure, and perhaps watch a surgery performed in Youtube.

    Then with your knowledge of WG, you'll be able to assess the possible impact and prepare for it by observing best practices for before and and after.

    Good luck!

    Ed.

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    Cataract surgery is considered a minor surgery with little risk of infection since there is no blood involvement. So it should be safe for you at any time. Your health care system is different than ours in USA so many things might be different for you from my experience.

    Cataract surgery is frequently done here in USA on most elderly people so it is easy to find out who has done a lot of the surgeries with good results. I had mine done closely together and my correction before surgery was in minus 11 or 12 range and i had worn glasses for 62 years but after the surgery I can get by with out them and now have 20/25 to 20/40 vision. They do have new lenses that have bifocals included but my surgeon didn't recommend those for me in 2012 since he said they had more problems with them. I usually use cheap reading glasses for close up work and some times my corrective lenses for long distance work when I want clearer vision. New glasses were included as part of the cost of surgery by my insurance plans. My optometrist also said they replace any corrections within 6 months free too and they did. You will need to have an assessment for corrective lenses if needed after you have healed from the surgery since no one can predict what correction if any you will need after your eyes heal. I also ended up with a slight astigmatism after surgery.

    You best source of information should be a good ophthalmologist who does a lot of cataract surgery and they should be able to answer all questions. Find one you trust and get all your questions answered before you proceed.
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    I had cataract surgery on both eyes earlier this year. The results were amazing. I had one eye done and a week later the 2nd eye. No pain and I was able to drive the next day. My only regret was that I didn't have it done earlier. My vision is now 20/10 without glasses but I need reading glasses to read.
    My surgeon was a catarct specialist but they was no issue with any of my rituximab and I didn't even need to stop my coumadin.
    I am happy to answer any specific question you have Best wishes with the procedure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alysia View Post
    Hello my friends,

    My vision in my right eye deteriorated to a point in which my eye dr. recommanded a cataract surgery. (I couldn't enjoy my pred without a cost... ).
    The eye dr. said that it is up to me, to choose the time of the surgery. I can wait or go for it.


    I have many questions:


    Is it better to wait as much as I can, or to do it asap ?
    At which point in the 6 months period between each rtx IV is it better to do the surgery ? Will it be more safe somewhere in the middle of that period in order to be more safe from flares ?


    Should I be on antibiotics before/ during/ after ?
    I remmember vaguely that Sangy wrote something about pred and going to a surgery. Does any one recall what it was ?


    I cant imagine not being able to drive. How long until I can drive again ?


    Since the left eye is not yet at the point to do a surgery, and I have high number of glasses in it (as well as more then 9.75 in the poor right eye) the dr. said that with the new len I will still need glasses, not to create such big difference between the two eyes. So, do I buy glasses in advance with the new numbers ? I am almost blind without glasses.


    How do I choose the right surgeon ?


    What else do I need to know or ask for ?


    I will be more then grateful for anyone who can share everything about his/ hers cataract surgery.


    Thank you all for being here. I love you. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas from @pberggren1 and from me.
    Alysia I had cataracts removed from both eyes within a year if each other. Both caused by prednisone. I guess the ones caused by pred are a specific type and can be identified as such. I got new glasses after the first surgery with a different prescription for each eye. The eye they operated on was now 20/20. The second eye deteriorated enormously in a matter of months. Pred induced cataracts can progress very quickly. So I scheduled the second surgery. Before the surgery, they took the lens on the bad side out of my glasses completely. I managed fine without it. The good eye took over. After the second surgery I forget how long it took before I was ready for new glasses. But both eyes had perfect vision for everything except reading. I got bifocal glasses that were clear on the top and readers on the bottom of the lens. I just did not want to be hunting for glasses all day.

    Of course I cannot speak to issues with the wegeners, but I can say the surgery was very easy and unbelievably effective. Like brand new eyes!

    Hope this helps!

    Jacquie


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    Thank you so much, my friends, for the info and encourgement. It helps, first of all, to reduce my anxiety and stress. I need my eyes, and I need them in a good shape I am glad to know that it is not so bad after all and without issues related to wg. Although my eye dr. Said that there is higher risk for Uveuitis after catarcat surgery, for everyone, not only for a weggie.
    Jacquie, the idea of taking out the len sounds good, although in my case the operated eye will prob still needs glasses, because of the other eye. My eye dr said that if I can wait for the other eye to get worse, I can do a surgery in both of them.
    I am still searching to learn more. I didnt yet caught any surgeon (we have holiday here). So more comments are more then welcome. God bless you.
    Alysia
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    Here, in this forum, I have found my sweet eternal love, my beautiful Phil.. :
    https://www.wegeners-granulomatosis.com/forum/threads/4238-pberggren-memorial-thread
    "You are my sunshine", he used to sing to me... "you make me happy, when skies are grey" I still answer him.
    Rest in Peace, my brave Batman and take care of your weggies from heaven, until we meet again.

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    Default Re: Cataract Surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by Alysia View Post
    Jacquie, the idea of taking out the len sounds good, although in my case the operated eye will prob still needs glasses, because of the other eye. My eye dr said that if I can wait for the other eye to get worse, I can do a surgery in both of them.
    I am still searching to learn more. I didnt yet caught any surgeon (we have holiday here). So more comments are more then welcome. God bless you.
    It will all depend on how well the surgery goes. I have had to wear glasses all my adult life because of astigmatism in each eye. The surgery corrected my vision in each eye to 20/20. The only reason I need glasses is for reading, because that is a function of eye “musckes” not lenses. I just did not want to chase reading glasses all day or wear them around my neck, so they are clear on top and readers on the bottom of the lenses in the glasses. I can easily drive or watch tv with no glasses now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BookNut View Post
    It will all depend on how well the surgery goes. I have had to wear glasses all my adult life because of astigmatism in each eye. The surgery corrected my vision in each eye to 20/20. The only reason I need glasses is for reading, because that is a function of eye “musckes” not lenses. I just did not want to chase reading glasses all day or wear them around my neck, so they are clear on top and readers on the bottom of the lenses in the glasses. I can easily drive or watch tv with no glasses now.


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    I would like to keep my glasses anyway because they "hide" my poor saddle nose. With them, no one notice it
    Alysia
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    Here, in this forum, I have found my sweet eternal love, my beautiful Phil.. :
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    "You are my sunshine", he used to sing to me... "you make me happy, when skies are grey" I still answer him.
    Rest in Peace, my brave Batman and take care of your weggies from heaven, until we meet again.

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    I met the eye surgeon yesterday. I went to the one who got most of the reccomendations and who is doing many surgeries.
    Well, it sounds too easy to be true. He said that he will insert tiny thing, the size of a pen tin and will use ultra sound. He didnt explain exactly the procedure and I didnt ask beyond that. Too scary.
    I asked many other questions. He doesnt see any problem due to wg (btw, he said: "you dont look sick ) He had seen another weggie (one is a lot here). He said that I will not need any pain killers (really ?). That I dont need to take antibiotics. Only 2 kinds of eye drops for 2 weeks, 4 times a day each. That I will not need sun glasses in the days after the surgery (really ?) He said that at the morning after the surgery I will take off the bandage by myself from my eye, and then "you can wash your face and go to work". 4 days after the surgery, I can go to the optometrist for new glasses, temporary, and then I will be able to drive.
    He said that the number of the new len will be 2.5 and it will be for distance. He said that I will not need reading glasses. I forgot to ask if I will be able to read without the glasses for distance or with them, and if I can choose. I prefer to be able to read without ANY glasses. I hope it is possible.

    This dr. made everything looks too simple so I cant be sure if I can trust him. he also has sense of humor but it also made it hard for me to trust him. Is it my problem ? What do you think ? Is the way he presents the surgery indeed that simple ? Am I just a scardey weggie ?

    Anyway, he is experienced and my eye dr. Whom I trust 100 percent reccomanded him. So I will take him.

    The surgery is going to be this Thursday on 10:00 in the morning. Dr. Phil will be there to watch over me.
    Alysia
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    Here, in this forum, I have found my sweet eternal love, my beautiful Phil.. :
    https://www.wegeners-granulomatosis.com/forum/threads/4238-pberggren-memorial-thread
    "You are my sunshine", he used to sing to me... "you make me happy, when skies are grey" I still answer him.
    Rest in Peace, my brave Batman and take care of your weggies from heaven, until we meet again.

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    Default Re: Cataract Surgery

    Cataract surgery is consider pretty routine and low risk procedure when done by a competent surgeon with lot of experience.
    Knowledge is power! Wisdom is using it to make good decisions!

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