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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 - 6:36pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

Its all I can do. I can't make out detail in peoples faces anymore  in normal lighting.

 
{#Hug}  The cataracts uncorrected would have had the same net effect.  Diabetes is the one disease not of the eye that has the most profound effect on the eye.  At least you don't have that to worry about.  There are some eye vitamins that might help slow things down, but surely won't hurt.

Time for vigorous eye protection from the sun with polaroid lenses a must for bright outdoor days, even if its the fit over type.  I would recommend brown for the blue blocking properties and the higher contrast they offer.

These may be of help in other occasions such as indoors or cloudy days.  And they make a wide variety of decent fit overs as they are called.  You should be able to find them at most optical shops.  You do need to try them on to make sure they fit properly.  Ask for them by name.

Cocoons 

If they help. you can get your regular clear lenses tinted that color for full time use. There are actually two standard tint colors for this purpose.  Do check with your doctor before the vitamins first though.  

HTH 




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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 - 2:47pm

 DaveInVA wrote:
An Update to my last post here.

I saw a specialist eye doc from Duke University yesterday. My left eye had also started failing in the past 2 weeks. This was the soonest he could see me as he has been on vacation for a month.
Good news the "cyst" is gone. It was a bubble in the retina caused by fluid getting under it and pushing it up and it resolved on its own. Was likely caused by the abuse the eye got during cataract surgery as the Doc had a hard time centering the new lens. These bubbles happen about 15% of the time after cataract surgery and usually self resolve. The bad news is my vision got even worse instead of better and both eyes are now as bad as before the cataract surgery, So he did a dye scan. Turns out my vision is failing because I have actual dead spots in my eyes. The right eye its in the center of vision, a very large portion of it. My left eye its in the upper left vision mostly. This was likely caused when the cataract surgery disturbed "fragile" areas originally caused by a stroke I had about 20 years ago. The worse news is the scans show many other areas decaying. The even worse news it there is nothing they can do about it except hope it takes a long time for the other areas to die out. The Doc said in his 38 years in this business he has never seen damage as bad as what I have. This is similar damage to what some diabetics get except it rarely happens in both eyes or to this extent. He said there are "hundreds" of dying areas in both eyes.  I am not diabetic (yet anyways) and I originally developed eye problems in both eyes the same day 20 years ago after a small stroke. Before the cataract surgery this same Doc thought this had stabilized and after a further year of no more activity he ok'd the cataract surgery. He now says this would have happened anyways eventually even without the cataract surgery but it might have taken a lot longer to happen. I guess my eyes were just to fragile from the previous damage. But I was already at a point where my vision could have kept me from renewing my drivers license. So now its back there again and will only get worse and never will get better again. What fun.

 
sorry to hear that Dave.. I often wonder what I would do in worst-case scenarios (guess a lot of us do).. I would find it really hard not being able to read, share thoughts using a visual medium. To be honest, that would freak me out. I hope you find a way to still get what you need, what you want, despite it all.


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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 - 9:03am

 black321 wrote:

Sorry to hear that, but try to enjoy what you still have.

 
Its all I can do. I can't make out detail in peoples faces anymore  in normal lighting.
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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 - 8:52am

 DaveInVA wrote:
An Update to my last post here.

I saw a specialist eye doc from Duke University yesterday. My left eye had also started failing in the past 2 weeks. This was the soonest he could see me as he has been on vacation for a month.
Good news the "cyst" is gone. It was a bubble in the retina caused by fluid getting under it and pushing it up and it resolved on its own. Was likely caused by the abuse the eye got during cataract surgery as the Doc had a hard time centering the new lens. These bubbles happen about 15% of the time after cataract surgery and usually self resolve. The bad news is my vision got even worse instead of better and both eyes are now as bad as before the cataract surgery, So he did a dye scan. Turns out my vision is failing because I have actual dead spots in my eyes. The right eye its in the center of vision, a very large portion of it. My left eye its in the upper left vision mostly. This was likely caused when the cataract surgery disturbed "fragile" areas originally caused by a stroke I had about 20 years ago. The worse news is the scans show many other areas decaying. The even worse news it there is nothing they can do about it except hope it takes a long time for the other areas to die out. The Doc said in his 38 years in this business he has never seen damage as bad as what I have. This is similar damage to what some diabetics get except it rarely happens in both eyes or to this extent. He said there are "hundreds" of dying areas in both eyes.  I am not diabetic (yet anyways) and I originally developed eye problems in both eyes the same day 20 years ago after a small stroke. Before the cataract surgery this same Doc thought this had stabilized and after a further year of no more activity he ok'd the cataract surgery. He now says this would have happened anyways eventually even without the cataract surgery but it might have taken a lot longer to happen. I guess my eyes were just to fragile from the previous damage. But I was already at a point where my vision could have kept me from renewing my drivers license. So now its back there again and will only get worse and never will get better again. What fun.

 
Sorry to hear that, but try to enjoy what you still have.
DaveInVA

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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 - 8:47am

An Update to my last post here.

I saw a specialist eye doc from Duke University yesterday. My left eye had also started failing in the past 2 weeks. This was the soonest he could see me as he has been on vacation for a month.
Good news the "cyst" is gone. It was a bubble in the retina caused by fluid getting under it and pushing it up and it resolved on its own. Was likely caused by the abuse the eye got during cataract surgery as the Doc had a hard time centering the new lens. These bubbles happen about 15% of the time after cataract surgery and usually self resolve. The bad news is my vision got even worse instead of better and both eyes are now as bad as before the cataract surgery, So he did a dye scan. Turns out my vision is failing because I have actual dead spots in my eyes. The right eye its in the center of vision, a very large portion of it. My left eye its in the upper left vision mostly. This was likely caused when the cataract surgery disturbed "fragile" areas originally caused by a stroke I had about 20 years ago. The worse news is the scans show many other areas decaying. The even worse news it there is nothing they can do about it except hope it takes a long time for the other areas to die out. The Doc said in his 38 years in this business he has never seen damage as bad as what I have. This is similar damage to what some diabetics get except it rarely happens in both eyes or to this extent. He said there are "hundreds" of dying areas in both eyes.  I am not diabetic (yet anyways) and I originally developed eye problems in both eyes the same day 20 years ago after a small stroke. Before the cataract surgery this same Doc thought this had stabilized and after a further year of no more activity he ok'd the cataract surgery. He now says this would have happened anyways eventually even without the cataract surgery but it might have taken a lot longer to happen. I guess my eyes were just to fragile from the previous damage. But I was already at a point where my vision could have kept me from renewing my drivers license. So now its back there again and will only get worse and never will get better again. What fun.
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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 - 3:09pm

A couple weeks ago I started seeing my eyesight getting worse in my right eye in addition to the glare problem that was only in my right eye after my cataract surgery. I am also seeing a pulsating yellow spot right in the center of vision with that eye along with distortions in the center. So the Doc that did the surgery sent me to a specialist from Duke today. Turns out  I have higher than normal pressure in that eye but what is causing it is a cyst growing on my retina right in the middle of vision. Thats causing the pulsating yellow spit. Next I have to get a dye scan to find out how bad the cyst is. He said some can cause bad leaks. He also said it will never get better than what it is now as the cyst has already caused permanent damage.I may also have to be on a med to keep it from growing but he doesn't like using it as it has bad side effects. Well I got a couple of decent weeks vision out of that eye after surgery anyways.
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Posted: May 5, 2016 - 2:32pm

Just got my prescription bifocals. I can see 20/20 using both eyes with them, 20/40 without the glasses. Now just have to get used to the damn things. Keeps making me think there is something stuck in my eyes because of the abruptness between the 2 halves.
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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 - 12:31pm

 DaveInVA wrote:
Just got back from the eye doc. My "official" new eyesight is 20/40 both eyes but I could read some of of the 20/20 line using both eyes.  He deemed my eyes stable enough to give me a glasses prescription. Turns out Medicare pays 80% of the first pair of glasses after cataract surgery and  the cheapie online glasses place I was recommended by friends doesn't deal with Medicare so I am having my first pair made by the eye doc's lab. They will just be crappy frames with lined bifocals as thats all Medicare will pay 80% of. They wanted $104 extra for progressive bifocals and Medicare wont pay any of that.

And he wants to wait 4 months before using the Yag laser to remove the capsule wrinkle in my right eye that is causing a diagonal  white line with headlights, street lamps etc. He is still hoping it will clear up on its own.

 
That's pretty good news.  20/40 is the minimum acuity to avoid a restriction on your driver's license.

Do not order glasses online, especially anything multi focal.  You can get single vision lenses and get lucky, but multi focals need very accurate measurements.  They say you can do it yourself in a mirror, right ...  I've seen the results, just sayin'.

Then try getting someone to adjust them for you, especially when you say that you bought them on line.  We get $20 for adjusting Warby's and that's friendly.  I see so many frames that do not fit the person who bought them.  They don't know what to look for and what to avoid. 
DaveInVA

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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 - 11:29am

Just got back from the eye doc. My "official" new eyesight is 20/40 both eyes but I could read some of of the 20/20 line using both eyes.  He deemed my eyes stable enough to give me a glasses prescription. Turns out Medicare pays 80% of the first pair of glasses after cataract surgery and  the cheapie online glasses place I was recommended by friends doesn't deal with Medicare so I am having my first pair made by the eye doc's lab. They will just be crappy frames with lined bifocals as thats all Medicare will pay 80% of. They wanted $104 extra for progressive bifocals and Medicare wont pay any of that.

And he wants to wait 4 months before using the Yag laser to remove the capsule wrinkle in my right eye that is causing a diagonal  white line with headlights, street lamps etc. He is still hoping it will clear up on its own.
DaveInVA

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 2:14pm

 kurtster wrote:

It may very well do that.  The implants are folded up prior to insertion and opened once inside.  Ideally there are no creases in the lens such as what you may have.  I doubt very seriously that the brain would overlook such a prominent item like the crease or fold.  It sounds like it is resolving itself.  Hopefully that is what is going on.

 
The crease is in the "capsule" around the new lens. He had more trouble positioning the lens in this eye than the other. That is likely what caused it. If its not gone by 4/26 they are setting me up to get it zapped with a YAG laswer
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 2:10pm

 DaveInVA wrote:
The line in my right eye when looking at headlights, streetlights etc seems to be slowly getting better. Either that my brain is trying to tune it out. Hopefully it will heal on its own before my next appointment.

 
It may very well do that.  The implants are folded up prior to insertion and opened once inside.  Ideally there are no creases in the lens such as what you may have.  I doubt very seriously that the brain would overlook such a prominent item like the crease or fold.  It sounds like it is resolving itself.  Hopefully that is what is going on.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:57pm

The line in my right eye when looking at headlights, streetlights etc seems to be slowly getting better. Either that my brain is trying to tune it out. Hopefully it will heal on its own before my next appointment.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:54pm

 haresfur wrote:

Hey if I were God, I'd be evolving new things into people all the time. You would probably have a finger growing out of your upper lip so you could pick your nose. Maybe that's why I didn't get the job.

 
make it a long one. i want to be able to scratch the underside of my brain. 
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:24pm

 oldviolin wrote:
buzz wrote:

i thought the science was settled.
 
 

  
Oh ye of little faith...

 
Hey if I were God, I'd be evolving new things into people all the time. You would probably have a finger growing out of your upper lip so you could pick your nose. Maybe that's why I didn't get the job.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 7:39am

 buzz wrote:

i thought the science was settled.
 
 

 
Oh ye of little faith...
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 7:35am

 meower wrote:

Not sure where else to post this. It is groundbreaking.

 

https://news.virginia.edu/illimitable/discovery/theyll-have-rewrite-textbooks

 

It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own. But the true significance of the discovery lies in its ramifications for the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis. Kipnis said researchers no longer need to ask questions such as, “How do we study the immune response of the brain?” or “Why do multiple sclerosis patients have immune system attacks?” “Now we can approach this mechanistically — because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels,” Kipnis said. “We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role.” Kevin Lee, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience, recalled his reaction the first time researchers in Kipnis’ lab shared their basic result with him.



 
i thought the science was settled.
 
 
black321

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 7:35am

 meower wrote:

Not sure where else to post this. It is groundbreaking.

 

https://news.virginia.edu/illimitable/discovery/theyll-have-rewrite-textbooks

 

It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own. But the true significance of the discovery lies in its ramifications for the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis. Kipnis said researchers no longer need to ask questions such as, “How do we study the immune response of the brain?” or “Why do multiple sclerosis patients have immune system attacks?” “Now we can approach this mechanistically — because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels,” Kipnis said. “We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role.” Kevin Lee, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience, recalled his reaction the first time researchers in Kipnis’ lab shared their basic result with him.



 
this seems encouraging...seems to provide an explanation from some of the articles I've read that show evidence of how reducing inflammation is helpful in reducing the chances of diseases like Alzheimers.  But also, how little we yet know. 
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 7:09am

 n4ku wrote:

Dang.

 
Right??
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 7:02am

 meower wrote:

Not sure where else to post this. It is groundbreaking.

 

https://news.virginia.edu/illimitable/discovery/theyll-have-rewrite-textbooks

 

It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own. But the true significance of the discovery lies in its ramifications for the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis. Kipnis said researchers no longer need to ask questions such as, “How do we study the immune response of the brain?” or “Why do multiple sclerosis patients have immune system attacks?” “Now we can approach this mechanistically — because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels,” Kipnis said. “We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role.” Kevin Lee, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience, recalled his reaction the first time researchers in Kipnis’ lab shared their basic result with him.



 
Dang.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 5:51am

Not sure where else to post this. It is groundbreaking.

 

https://news.virginia.edu/illimitable/discovery/theyll-have-rewrite-textbooks

 

It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own. But the true significance of the discovery lies in its ramifications for the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis. Kipnis said researchers no longer need to ask questions such as, “How do we study the immune response of the brain?” or “Why do multiple sclerosis patients have immune system attacks?” “Now we can approach this mechanistically — because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels,” Kipnis said. “We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role.” Kevin Lee, who chairs the Department of Neuroscience, recalled his reaction the first time researchers in Kipnis’ lab shared their basic result with him.


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