On a personal note

I guess that most of you know that I’ve suffered very severe vision problems rendering me legally blind for the last several years. While I can obviously see, I have lost the ability to do many things including driving and many other things. Recently I installed new high intensity lighting in my workshop in an ongoing attempt to return to working. My vision further deteriorated.

On Tuesday I will undergo surgery on my left eye with the claim that new computer guided techniques and lens implants will restore my vision to a point where glasses may not be needed for some things. I am scheduled March 3 for the right eye.

I just thought I would share my overwhelming excitement. :smiley:

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Oh mate, that is fantastic news - I hope the results are everything you are hoping for. Good luck

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That is really good news! I was just talking about the revolutionary invention of glasses the other day, without them a lot of us would be incapable of having a productive life.
I wouldn’t be able to read anymore.
Now, with technology moving on they can do a lot more
My boss had her eyes operated on last year and she can see perfectly now.
I wish you all the best, my thoughts will be with you. :hugs:

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Am praying for you. Very exciting news!!!

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Eye Carumba, that’s great news!

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That is great news @Guitarded, all the best for your operation.

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Great news, hope all goes well for you :crossed_fingers:

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Good luck! Hopefully it works out better than they expect!

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Honestly I never thought this would be possible. Its been 3 years since I saw an eye doctor and having done my research, I’m pretty confident that a vast improvement will take place. On pins and needles man :joy:

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We can only hope that’s the case, technology has come so far.

Yeah I bet you are, just gotta think positive and hope for the best

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Speaking of which, are you going to pay extra for the photochromic lenses and night vision?? I know I would be all T-1000 if I could!!! :sunglasses:

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@Guitarded be like

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(Not making fun, sir!!! Just happy for you; injecting a bit of my ineffective humor!)

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@Guitarded May I ask what the issue is with your eyesight?
I have Fuchs degenerative disease in my left eye and was wondering whether that is what you have?

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Absolutely. 3 things. (1) Cataracts which very slowly became severe. 3.5 on a scale of 4. (2) Astigmatism. (3) Diabetic retinopathy or edema.

So, the way I understand it is that by laser guided surgery the cataracts will be removed and my eye lens replaced with a new type of lens after they either use a laser or injection to repair blood vessels. Then the computer guided laser will make incisions in the cornea to reshape it or they may choose a a different type of lens due to the fact that the cataracts are making it difficult to make really accurate measurements. Not much light is getting through the lens. In any case I have been assured that they will implant a multi focal lens rather than a mono / one plane of vision where they will correct distance, near, and intermediate ranges of vision. I am told that I may only need reading glasses for fine print. That would be beyond my wildest dream.

I don’t mind saying that insurance will not cover anything beyond the cataract surgery so I am having to dig pretty deep to pay for it. Even though I may wind up still needing eyeglasses, I have been assured it will be better than the shape I’m currently in so I’m going for it.

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I understand where you are.
I have also been told that cataracts are forming in the same eye that has the Fuchs, and was diagnosed with astigmatism many years ago.
I will follow your journey with interest, as it sounds like I will have to follow suit in the not too distant future.
It’s a bugger getting old, isn’t it.
All the best my friend.

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Thank you Garry. I will keep you informed and it surely is a struggle getting old sometimes. Beats hell out of the alternative though LOL. I thought I heard them stoking the fires a couple times.

I exercise caution when dealing with doctors and did a lot of reading and reference checking along with agonizing re-appraisals. I had no idea that the technology had advanced so much and so quickly. I’m sure it has down your way in NZ too. I had been told that I was developing cataracts but the last doctor I saw didn’t seem to make much of it so I didn’t either.

So we know how vision problems can make life suck. I wish you the best also.

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We are fortunate that in NZ we still have state medical care if you are prepared to wait for the system, which is what I will have to do.
I am fortunate in that my right eye is pretty good, so it compensates for the left eye.

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Our health care system is so horrible here that a single serious illness can wipe out everything you have or ever will have. So I’m glad to hear you have a state system where you can access the care you need. Many here cannot. Our Govt program, Medicare, leaves retired people responsible for 20% of costs and eyesight and dental care is non existent except for things like cataracts and a very few other things. But vision correction surgeries, excluding cataracts, have been “deemed” non essential since glasses can correct vision problems. I count myself very fortunate but I could show that in any 10 year period of the last 20 my wife and I are out of pocket over 200K in heath care expenses. Its fucked up. That’s simply insurance costs and deductibles.

So while I don’t know anything about your system I think that if I had to get on a waiting list I’d do it as fast as I could and thankfully you have that good eye to pull you through. But as I said I don’t know. From the outside looking in NZ looks like a great place to live.

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That is fucked up. In my business I unfortunately see that, I am not in the health insurance business but when a tenant goes into bankruptcy we get notifications as a debtor. So far it has always been due to health problems, 3 tenants thus far and I fear a 4th is on the way due to cancer. These are not low income people either, those people get taken care of, it is middle class with a 6 figure income, to work so hard and have your future in jeopardy due to an unforeseen illness is truly fucked up.

I am confident all will go well for you my friend, we are all too beautiful on this forum for you not to see us shine bright :grin:

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Yes we are indeed fortunate to have the health care system that we do have.
When I spent 2 weeks in hospital to have my gall bladder removed, I came out owing nothing, I am so grateful for that.
On top of that I am a member of the St John’s ambulance service which covers my wife and I for any ambulance transportation, which is a blessing as well.
My eyesight is being monitored and I am in the system, so when the time is right I will be put on the operating wait list, but not before.
To be 200k out of pocket after paying your taxes all your life tells me there is something seriously wrong with your system.

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