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Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:55 AM

Cataract lens.. improve night vision? Glare?

Starting to have trouble night driving with oncoming headlight glare.

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Reply Cataract lens.. improve night vision? Glare? (Original post)
3Hotdogs Nov 6 OP
WheelWalker Nov 6 #1
marybourg Nov 6 #2
RicROC Nov 6 #3
RicROC Nov 6 #4
Canoe52 Nov 6 #7
RicROC Nov 6 #8
Canoe52 Nov 6 #9
RicROC Nov 6 #10
Canoe52 Nov 6 #11
trof Dec 4 #15
Missn-Hitch Nov 6 #5
Wounded Bear Nov 6 #6
PoindexterOglethorpe Nov 7 #12
3Hotdogs Nov 7 #13
trof Nov 12 #14

Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:57 AM

1. Yep. That's it.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:57 AM

2. With your cataract lenses?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:58 AM

3. yes,

Trouble with glare could be a sign of cataracts, especially glare coming from headlights. Time for you to make an appointment with an eye doctor (Optometrist or Ophthalmologist) so that they can view your eyes with a microscope.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 08:01 AM

4. then again....

if you already have had cataract surgery, have intraocular lenses installed, there is a phenomenon where 20% of the patients have debris from inside the eye that sticks onto the lens. It acts like a cataract but is not a regrowth of a cataract. Your surgeon can use a laser to zap it....takes 20 seconds.

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Response to RicROC (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 10:22 AM

7. Happened to my wife, horrible glare at night and on sunny days. She went to 4 different eye doctors

over a six year time span, first three didnít have a clue, the fourth one diagnosed it and sent her to a specialist that knew how to fix it.

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 10:50 AM

8. diagnosis?

Is it improper for me to ask what the diagnosis was?

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Response to RicROC (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 12:41 PM

9. She was just told in the same words you used above. Had a Jag laser procedure to correct.

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 02:01 PM

10. Thank you!

Thank you for that explanation. And I'm probably disgusted like you are about the incompetence of the other doctors. Don't they know how to use a Biomicroscope?

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Response to RicROC (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 03:14 PM

11. It was frustrating and debilitating too, sapped her energy, wasn't her usual cheerful self.

Then we moved and got a new Doc and he figured it out right off.

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Response to RicROC (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 4, 2020, 07:24 PM

15. Yeah, I had that. Both eyes.

Didn't make night driving any better.
Doesn't matter, I can no longer see well enough to drive safely.
Quit about 6 months ago.
I don't mind being 'driven'

And Miz t. likes to drive and is still good at it.
i'm 79, She's 76.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 09:18 AM

5. Be sure to complain about the "night driving" and "glare".

If your vision is correctable to 20/30 or better, your insurance may not go for surgery.

When you have your exam, be sure to say "this night driving and glare is interfering with my daily activities".

Cheers!

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2020, 09:22 AM

6. Can't say that I've had that problem...

but my vision was so bad by the time I got them that I might not have a good comparison. I do drive less in general, and even less at night. Love mine so far and it's been 3-4 years now.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 7, 2020, 04:12 AM

12. Yep. You have cataracts. Schedule the surgery as soon as possible.

I often say that cataracts were the best thing that ever happened to my eyes. I am not exaggerating when I say I could not see the blackboard in first grade. The summer after, I got glasses, and had them upgraded every year thereafter. When I was 16 I got contact lenses, the old hard kind. They stopped my vision deterioration dead. Hooray for hard contact lenses.

The problem with the hard contacts was that if I was short of sleep, they were hard to put in. I then worked at National Airport in Washington DC where my starting and quitting times were completely unpredictable. All too often I'd get off at midnight, or even later, and have to be back at the airport the next day at 6 am. It was really hard on my eyes.

Well, fast forward several decades. For years eye doctors had pointed out that I was growing cataracts, but for nearly three decades they didn't do much. And then I noticed changes in my vision that I did not connect to cataracts. But at the next eye appointment, my eye doctor said, "It's time for cataract surgery." I was relatively young, only 63. Luckily I had an older friend, a woman who had just turned 80, and when I told her of the eye doctor's statement, she said, "Get the cataract surgery! It's the best possible thing!"

She was right. The surgery improved my vision enormously. I joke that I can read small signs on distant hills. Two amazing changes/advantages of the surgery. First is that when I wake up in the morning, I can look across the room and read the clock. Oh, my. Unless you've spent 50 plus years with everything in a blur, you have no idea how amazing that is. The second is that my eyes no longer hurt. All those years where I wore hard contact lenses, my eyes often hurt. Especially when I was short on sleep, which was all too often in those days when I was an airline employee working at National Airport in Washington DC.

So yeah, get the surgery. There will be decisions to make about the exact lens to implant, but that's something to discuss with your eye doctor.

I'll add this. I'm now 72 years old, nearly a decade after my cataract surgery. At the time, at every single appointment, I was at least ten years younger than anyone else in the room. I think that's because all those older people had seen cataract surgery some 4 or more decades earlier, when it was a much more fraught procedure.

The other thing is that at every pre-surgery appointment, anyone either looking at my eyes or looking at the records would tend to say, "Oh, wow." I finally asked how bad my eyes really were. I was told there are four kinds of cataracts, and I had three of them. And that cataracts were rated from 1, you can barely tell they are there, to 4, essentially totally blind. I was a 3 in one eye, and a 3+ in the other. It's amazing I wasn't walking into walls.

But I will also say this. Given the somewhat gradual deterioration of my vision, I understood why people in earlier eras simply accepted that people lost their vision as they got old. I am extremely grateful that I was born in the 20th century, in a time where glasses could pretty well correct my vision, and then I could get contact lenses that were even better, and best of all have cataract surgery that saved me from blindness.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 7, 2020, 06:56 AM

13. thanks guys.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 07:25 PM

14. Didn't help me much but I have ARMD*

Age Related Macular Degeneration.
I grounded myself from driving about 6 months ago.
I was just no longer safe.

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