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No more GAS for a while :-)

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bidkev, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Finally got a referral to have my cataracts removed...............A$4700 for both eyes with first appt 6th nov. Waiting time in public sector was 2to3 yrs and optician said that I was "borderline shouldn't be driving" so looks like I've got to splash out on private practice quick! :blush:

    What plsses me off is that it's only 3 months since another optician sold me near 500 bucks worth of glasses probably knowing that they would be useless! At least it prompted me to see someone else who referred me and didn't just want to sell me glasses :2thumbs:

    She told me a simple test that rather surprised me and would have (self) confirmed that I needed more than glasses. Hold your hand over one eye in turn and look through the other. Holding my hand over my right eye the image when I looked through the left was like looking through fog! The right wasn't as bad but will get there if not sorted. Apparently you don't get a true picture of how bad one eye can be because with both eyes open, one compensates for the other...........you learn something every day!
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  2. Yeah, I was stunned at my last visit to the optometrist when I discovered that my left eye had become way more myopic than my right. I don't know if it's a coincidence but the left is the one I close when I look through a viewfinder with my right...
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  3. Bushboy

    Bushboy Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 22, 2018
    Good on ya. That is excellent. :) 
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  4. You will enjoy the views a whole lot more! No gear can give you that kind of pleasure, zilch!

    We can look forward to even more stunning stuff from you!
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  5. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    My mother saved money after having hers done, she said the carpets in the house no longer looked faded and smudged, good luck.
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  6. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 29, 2018
    Somerset UK
    Good luck!
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  7. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Derby, United Kingdom
    Good luck, Kevin.

    There is nothing to worry about with the operation and just do what they say afterwards as regards aftercare.:2thumbs:

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  8. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 29, 2018
    Somerset UK
    ....also, that's a small price to pay for the best lens in the world, Kevin. :) 
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  9. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    Best of luck. Hope all your gear performs better afterwards!
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  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wait, so despite the doctor saying that you're borderline unable to drive because of this, you still have to wait 2-3 years to have this procedure done through your insurance? And because you can't wait that long, you now have to pay the full price for the procedure out-of-pocket?
  11. chap

    chap New to Mu-43

    May 11, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Chap Lovejoy
    Good luck with the operations.

    I had mine done several years ago and the operation is quick and about as easy as they can get. You’ll be amazed how much better the world looks when you’re not viewing it through smudged yellow filters.
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  12. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    I am not sure how your country operates, but in my country, in Canada, an optician or an optometrist are not eye doctors. An Ophthalmologist is a specialist eye doctor and have sophisticated machinery to test your eyes. An optician or an optometrist are not capable of giving you accurate advice, so I was not surprised that what happens when an unqualified medical professional gives you advice in buying glasses when in fact, you do not have to. Your optician was guessing based on his or her experience and in a way, they are somewhat right in their unprofessional diagnose and sometimes they are as they see thousands of clients every year who come in for their cataracts issues. The surgery is very quick though. I work in the nursing profession and had routinely accompanied patients to their Opthalmologists to get their cataracts looked at and all the time, they weren't scammed into getting glasses unless it is a 50/50 chance that you might not need surgery. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. My dad was the one person who got glasses, then later on needed surgery to correct his cataracts.
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  13. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    I had my cataracts removed a few years ago and was amazed at the clarity and color improvement. Scheduling the anti inflammatory and antibiotic eyedrops was a nuisance but I loaded the time for each into my phone calendar.
    The first eye took 10 minutes to do; a week later, the second took about 15 minutes. Get them to give you something for your nerves if the thought of surgery on your eyes is stressing you out - you're completely awake and aware through the whole process.
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  14. The 2 to 3 yr wait is due to the increased "traffic" through the public sector due to an aging population and the fact that the wait is based on severity. ie, you could be 20th in the queue but if someone is referred later than you, with a more severe condition, then they jump the queue, which is only fair in my book.

    I don't have insurance. You can choose between the public sector or private health cover and my ethics, and indeed income don't provide me with the luxury of private cover, although in this case, I have no choice but to go private (out of pocket) or I will have my driving licence revoked
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  15. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    The pluses and minuses of public healthcare.
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  16. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Best of luck! :thumbup:
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  17. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Every public healthcare system has a number of problems such as priority scheduling and budget constraints, as do private healthcare with pre-existing conditions and cost of service vs. wait times. My eye surgeries had about a 3 month wait, OK because my visual impairment wasn't super critical and I had to use the various eye drops for 3 weeks before the first surgery. I did pay the $500 private fee of my surgeon using their $300K suite of testing and measuring machines to measure each eye so that my new implant lenses give me 20/20 vision. The eye drops were covered by private insurance but everything else was covered by the Provincial healthcare plan.
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  18. Phil.H

    Phil.H Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 8, 2017
    Money well spent Kev. One of my golfing buddies had his done a couple of years ago, his golf didn't improve but he can see where his ball went now :D 
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  19. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    @Bidkev@Bidkev, you will not regret it. I had my right eye cataract removed years ago, and since my eye doctor, an opthalmologist, could implant a corrective lens to replace the old one, I could actually see out of my right eye without glasses or contacts, which I had to wear for 40+ years. To balance out the vision in my good left eye, he did LASIK on that side. So, for the first time in decades, I was glasses and contacts free! I have to wear reading glasses to see anything up close, but I can wear any sunglasses I want outside and have good distance vision. Woo hoo!
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  20. Stanga

    Stanga Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 16, 2016
    You reminded me of my own situation. Mine was not just borderline. I couldn't even see the break lights coming on on a car more than 10 meters away... Mine was on the UK NHS. It was so bad, both eyes were done within months of each other.
    One thing that did happen to me is that after about two years the eyes started to fog up again. So they used a laser to clear that. Unfortunately it had a side effect. I now floaters in my eyes. These are carbonized bits left over from the laser treatment, which are floating about in my eye ball. It was a distraction at first, but I don't notice it now if I ignore it.
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