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LisaOV
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MN
USA
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Posted - 08/07/2012 :  2:33:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Oh and to update you on the family and our eyes...(sounds like a soap) My daughter had her muscle surgery in June and has recovered very nicely. My son is having his third eye surgery in August and we found out he has a retina disease called "FEVR", which as it turns out I have too!! (Finally a name to go with my eye issues). We've been dealing with the two of us having this disease.

I will let you know how the cataract surgery goes...I'm having it later this month.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 08/07/2012 :  5:18:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Lisa, my husband really wants me to get sexy librarian/scientist glasses--the black rimmed ones. However, every time I try any on I think I just look horrible. He's never available to go with me and tell me what he thinks, so he just keeps getting to look at variations on the same wire frames I always get.

Jnanne
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JuanitaJ
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Houston, TX
USA
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Posted - 08/20/2012 :  12:07:45 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jnanne, if you have been used to the wire framed glasses, I think you would be very disappointed with the thick frames. They will feel very heavy compared to what you are wearing now. After I started wearing the wire frames, I can't stand the others.

Juanita
MSPA Gold Certified
Happily shopping the Houston, TX area.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2012 :  03:41:15 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
What I really don't like is being able to see the frames while I am wearing the glasses. I actually wear the ones with the wire on top and nothing on the sides and bottom. I am also very glad that the larger lenses are back in style. Can't stand only being able to see straight ahead and not having much peripheral vision. Especially since I started wearing tri-focals.

Jnanne
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2012 :  8:14:44 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Had my surgery Monday. Still in a loot of pain....will update more later.
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2013 :  07:29:24 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I meant to reply to this a long time ago. I had my cataract surgery in August and it has not gone well. First of all the doctor did not listen to me that I have an eye disease. I explained it to him and to his techs BEFORE the surgery. After the surgery he told me that I'd be driving in a month. I replied that I can't drive, I'm legally blind. He told me that wasn't true and who had told me that (five doctors and social security)? Anyway, to make a long story short, my scar tissue has attacked my lens implant and I had to have further surgery because it was very cloudy. They told me that would go away and at times it does, but other times it's very cloudy in my eyes. The doctor is still insisting that I will be able to drive soon, despite me having him talk to the doctor that specializes in my eye disease (who has told me I won't).
The whole thing has been a nightmare and I can feel the lens implant all the time. Feels like a dried contact lens and hurts.
Oh well.
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LisaOV
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MN
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2659 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2013 :  07:31:28 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
PS My son is having his 7th eye surgery at the end of this month. Poor baby

:(
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2013 :  03:45:11 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It sounds like the emotional toll is as bad as the physical one. I hope your nerve endings at least get used to the changes soon and quit telling you "pain." I was just marveling the other day that before I became used to contacts, many years ago, having an eyelash in my eye was unbearable. Now, it is annoying, but if that happens while I'm not wearing my lenses, I don't have to stop the car to get it out immediately in order to drive safely. The difference is in how the nerve endings notify the brain of the problem. They've gotten used to the feeling of something under the eyelid. I know that is nothing compared to what you are experiencing, but surely there is hope that the nerves will get bored with the pain and switch their message at some point.

Jnanne
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 04/29/2013 :  09:05:05 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
How about UPDATES?? Jaunita, how are you doing now?? Have all the problems ended, or are you still doctoring? As for myself, my vision isnt perfect,and I wish now I hadn't purchased that first pair of glasses the specialist advised. I believe my vision changed when she said it wouldn't. Six weeks was too darn soon after the surgery. Trying to perform a lot of the same tasks as before the surgery, Im still having problems. I cant even see the darn hole in a needle to thread it, which gets pretty frustrating when you love to sew. I did buy one of those needle threaders, but a lot of good that is, you've got to see the hole before you can put that to use!
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JuanitaJ
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Houston, TX
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Posted - 04/29/2013 :  1:04:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks for asking, Judy. I am still farsighted (instead of nearsighted). I love being able to drive without glasses but I miss being able to thread a needle also. I can't see anything close up. They could have inserted lenses that can give you perfect eyesight but they would have been very expensive.

My glaucoma needs daily drops to stay under control. After the cataract surgery, my pressure went pretty high. The pressure is staying stable with the drops and there has not been any damage.

I just had my eyes checked again for new glasses. I do need a slightly stronger lens in one eye.

Juanita
MSPA Gold Certified
Happily shopping the Houston, TX area.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 04/29/2013 :  5:36:09 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
So glad youre doing MUCH better. You had quite the time for a while there.
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2013 :  05:11:53 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
How are all the eyes doing around here??

So far so good for my family....my son still has to go to Phillips Eye every two months and be put under and looked at. But the last two times he has not needed surgery. So that's good news.

My eyes still hurt from time to time and I've started having new floaters and flashers (white ones now), but that's all part of the disease.

Other good news...or at least to me...I have hired a PCA company to drive me around places. Kids and I have been going to the different libraries, out to eat, to the parks, etc. It's been really nice. And in the fall I may get my social life back some day.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2013 :  07:05:11 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Good to see you are back, Lisa. And congrats on the good news.

Jnanne
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2014 :  1:42:11 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Can you guys FEEL the implanted lens? I can - especially when it's windy. It feels like it moves around in my eye, kind of like it's flapping and is going to come out (feels a lot like a contact).

I hope it doesn't come out.

I enjoy telling people I have an implant now...they look right at my chest..haha
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 02/15/2014 :  08:28:45 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
No problem here with them. I wonder. You've had quite a few eye surgeries, haven't you? By any chance did any of those performed have anything to do with the iris/pupil? If so, my only thought might be scarring may have caused an uneven surface for the lens to rest on. Im not a Dr. so you might want to talk to your ophthalmologist about it. That's got to be very bothersome.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2014 :  08:37:49 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
As long as were on this subject, has anyone got any suggestions for dry skin around the eye,and under the eye? Im having a hellish time. Of course, wearing glasses doesn't help matters any, since I usually suffer dryness in the whole area that my lenses and frame occupy, but never this bad. Ive tried a variety of moisturizers and nothing is working. Im NOT required to wear glasses, but after wearing the darn things all my life. Theyre hard to give up, feel normal, and Im not naked without them. The grandkids made comments on how funny I looked without glasses after they first saw me after the surgeries, didn't help either. They never knew me without glasses so my not wearing them got the remarks.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2014 :  2:58:40 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Have you tried Aveeno Active Naturals skin relief? It is one of the few moisturizers that don't give me an allergic reaction. They have several products in the line. The one I use says it is an overnight cream, but I use it any time of day. It is not greasy, does not leave a waxy feeling on the skin, and works. I also have some of their baby body lotion that is just as wonderful.

I use a cotton swab to get it around my eyes so I am not pulling on the delicate skin and not getting any in my eye.

Jnanne
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 02/18/2014 :  06:56:24 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jnanne, no I haven't, but sure will. It seems that since I had my cataract surgeries and another surgery to correct the placement of my eyeballs so theyre straight, Ive had a LOT Of trouble with dryness around the outer eye skin. My lids are crusty, as are the lower areas into the sides of the nose, and upper cheeks. In the morning, I have a build up of crusty stuff on the inner corners of the eyes I think might be draining occurring overnight. Im making an appointment with my ophthalmologist for this and I think my vision has changed. I cant even thread my sewing machine needle, and a needle threader is useless, as I cant see the eye of the needle. I really miss sewing! Thank you for the suggestion.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2015 :  4:48:30 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Contemplating Vision Insurance, any suggestions? Even though Ive got several problems associated with my eyes. I had a vision test, and my prescription has not changed, other than I want to see to thread my sewing machine, so they added more magnification. New lenses ONLY $410 plus the price of a new frame. Needless to say, I didnt order the new prescription as I felt just to gain a little more magnification wasnt worth spending $400. Did you know that once you have cataract surgery Medicare does not pay for anymore glasses, other than furnished after the cataract surgeries?
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