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Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:20 am

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I am new to this site. I have been blind in my left eye since I was 7 years old due to an accident. I have never really let the lose of my vision bother me until lately. Other than being blind in my left eye, I do have high pressure in my right eye that is controlled by drops with optic nerve being normal. I recently visited my doctor to discover that I have a cataract. Now the ball is in my court as to when to have the surgery....stressful and scary is my feelings right now. So, I have been searching for more information concerning monocular patients having cataract surgery. That's how I found this site. Hope to find more info.



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Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:48 pm

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Welcome to Losteye. We do have several members here that are monocular and have had to have cataract surgery in the seeing eye. The common theme in discussions is to talk about it with your opthamologist and get a referral to an ophthalmologist that is proficient in high risk surgeries.

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Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:46 pm

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Welcome kygal. Yes indeed many here have had to have ops on their one and only seeing eye. Having had cataracts removed in both eyes, my seeing eye developed another. I was really worried to have it done, but I was assured all would be well. I had YAG laser and within half an hour I could see again.
Cataract removal is a little different and because you are blind in the left and having it done on the right eye, you will have to have someone with you, because the eye will be bandaged.
As Mike has suggested a surgeon who specialises in high risk cases should be found and maybe a second opinion. Best wishes.

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Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:07 pm

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I had a retinal detachment in my left eye in 2009. The surgeon who repaired it told me that it was common to develop a cataract following this type of surgery.

In 2010 my right eye became infected and was eventually lost. Sure enough, a cataract developed in my left/good eye a few months after my enucleation, and my retina specialist told me that the cataract would have to be removed or he could not keep track of its health.

All of my research told me that this is a very common surgery, and that complications were rare. That helped, but didn't make me much less worried about surgery on my one good eye.

The surgery went well. The vision in my good eye was much improved. No complications.

As Mike suggests, look for someone with lots of experience in high-risk cases.

You should be fine.

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Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:15 pm

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I'm a bit late to answer so hopefully you had the surgery and it's all fine but I just wanted to reply to say that after several years of struggling with ever increasingly foggy vision I finally had cataract surgery 3 years ago in my only good eye. It went well and my vision was so good I didn't need glasses. The only complication is an expected cloudiness of the lens, which I am hoping Yag laser will sort on Friday this week. I was incredibly scared to have the cataract surgery but the only other option was to go blind with that and so it clearly wasn't an option. I am anxious about Friday but am trying to stay positive.



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Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:01 am

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Hi Bev. I had to have a YAG on my good eye a year after I lost the vision in the other. The implant had been there for 10 years. It went well, and took about 15 minutes staring into a scope. But I did worry before hand.

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Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:52 pm

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The YAG procedure is quick and painless. At least in my case the outcome was fairly dramatic. The vision in my "good" eye became much clearer.

My eye doc explained that the capsule holding the lens gradually becomes cloudy following cataract surgery, and the YAG laser clears it right up.

The vision in the treated eye will be a little blurry for a few hours following the procedure.

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Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:10 pm

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Bev, yes the YAG is very quick, I counted 43 blips ha ha, had to concentrate on something. The drive home is a half hour and by that time my vision was amazing. Still 20/30 5 years later. Best wishes for a great outcome.

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