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Old 02-15-2017, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My less than 2 month new prescription eye glasses have failed due to growing cataracts. Now i can barely see 15 to 20 yards clearly. I wanted to see 2-400 yards for scouting. I also cant see tv guide menu on the tv. Close up reading is blurry but not too bad.
Went to an ophthalmology office to get info today. I am on a blood thinner to get rid of 4 blood clots in my right leg and didn't know if I could have the cataract surgery while on warfarin. Would like to get cataract surgery before new prescription.
Then I ask about price. $1915.00 plus a facility charge and an anesthesiologist or about $5000.00. Each I asked. Yes each. Each I asked again. I Have good health ins through my wife. My deductible is $3800.00 per year. I feel I ought to help my Ins company out even if they negotiate prices down.
What are your experiences, prices, Drs in the Grand Junction Colo area, this Dr was in Montrose
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In. I was first told I had cataracts 4 years ago, I have been wearing glasses for 46 years now and hating them. I was ready to do the clear lens replacement that day, but the ophthalmologist said my insurance won't cover the surgery until they have a measurable effect on my vision. Just got the notice it's time to schedule my next exam, I would bet it's not time yet.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My ophthalmologist claims that one of the best cataract surgeons in the country is here in Denver. I'll get the name for you.

I would bet that you will need to stop taking warfarin before you can have the procedure.
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My dad just had cataract surgery a couple months ago. It was $5k per eye and they did a bit more cleanup while they had the tool box open so now after 74 years of being very color blind he can now see most of the spectrum. They said they could do lasik while the were there for an additional charge but dad declined because he's fawking cheap.
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I had a traumatic retinal detachment, those rubberbands at the gym are no joke. Related to the Vitrectomy, elevated pressure and overall trauma, I developed a cataract.

A year later, they fixed it, I woke in the middle and saw a glowing probe.

Pain and stress were nearly zero, recovery was fast and they ultimately did a YAG procedure punching little lasered holes through the lens pouch.

Good thing about the surgery is they should be able to correct your sight, the implant should get you close to not needing correction. Bad thing is the other eye will be comparatively worse and I find spectacles to be a hassle.

Eye Center of Northern Colorado did me, no idea on price as the original fix burned through my deductible by several orders of magnitude.
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Had both eyes done. Result of radiation, lots of it. Stuff looked like pic above. They decided it would be good to have mine done about 7 years ago. Distance vision is what I chose to have the implants set at. So I have to use reading glasses. They are annoying but no issues with distance as of yet. Mine were about 3K each.

From what I was told they want to wait until the cataracts quit growing as they don't want to redo your implants again. Eye's don't like repeated surgery I guess.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My buddy had both eyes done, he is on warfarin, it wasn't an issue.
He says his color acuity improved dramatically, the only downside is he needs reading glasses for closeup stuff. I think they can do a bifocal thing these days.
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Glaucoma != cataract.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I need cataract surgery. I only have one eye. Scares the bejesus out of me.
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I'm the very last person in the world to spout alternative medicine BS, buuut...

Cataracts are a protein buildup on the lens. The surgery removes that lens and replaces it with a synthetic one. Since it's not attached to the focusing muscles any more, it's fixed focus- similar to the hardening with age that causes short arms.

They sell eyedrops for dogs with cataracts that are supposed to dissolve the proteins. The fringe types use them off-label for humans. I'd spend a month trying that before the knife. Worth some heavy google time, anyway.

N-acetyl-l-carnosine dissolves cataracts? - The Skeptics Society Forum
N-Acetylcarnosine Eyedrops for Cataracts in Dogs and Cats (Can-C, Bright Eyes NAC, etc) | The SkeptVet

I have zero experience, except that my Mom had both eyes done a few years ago. She got one close lens and one far. She said that you get used to it, but it's not like having good eyes.
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She said that you get used to it, but it's not like having good eyes.
Having cataracts is also not like having good eyes

Edit: I'm not putting shit into my one eye until a whole bunch of other humans use it in real clinical trials. Especially not shit that "dissolves proteins".
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I need cataract surgery. I only have one eye. Scares the bejesus out of me.
Cataract surgery is a piece of cake. I've had both eyes done 16 years ago and still have 20/20 vision and great night vision. Get it done.
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thank you for the info and replies. More if you have them.
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Cataracts are a protein buildup on the lens. The surgery removes that lens and replaces it with a synthetic one. Since it's not attached to the focusing muscles any more, it's fixed focus- similar to the hardening with age that causes short arms.

They sell eyedrops for dogs with cataracts that are supposed to dissolve the proteins. The fringe types use them off-label for humans. I'd spend a month trying that before the knife. Worth some heavy google time, anyway.

N-acetyl-l-carnosine dissolves cataracts? - The Skeptics Society Forum
N-Acetylcarnosine Eyedrops for Cataracts in Dogs and Cats (Can-C, Bright Eyes NAC, etc) | The SkeptVet

I have zero experience, except that my Mom had both eyes done a few years ago. She got one close lens and one far. She said that you get used to it, but it's not like having good eyes.
This is the type of junkyard tech that made Pirate what it is.
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Mom had hers done at age 70. She was legally blind and had worn contacts for 51 years. Glasses since she was 9.

Cataract surgery and the lens implants. Now she's 20/20 and uses reading glasses.

She was in tears after she got to peak out the first eye after surgery. Life changing to not fumble for your glasses every single morning.


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Glaucoma ≠ cataract.
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https://www.medigo.com/en/ophthalmol...ery/all/mexico

https://www.health-tourism.com/catar...urgery/mexico/

https://www.mexicohealth.com/catarac...ery-in-mexico/


why try and be cheap and jew down the US based eye doctor who is the "best in the business" when you can be cheap an pay full price to somebody who has similar training and experience with a fraction of the overhead?
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Two faced to bitch about low wages in Mexico and then go take advantage of it.


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Two faced to bitch about low wages in Mexico and then go take advantage of it.
Why I don't bitch about mexican wages.

Got my teeth cleaned for $40. Got a filling replaced for another $50. The dentist's office was brand new, and other than the fact that all 5 chairs were in the same room, it was much like a U.S. dentist's office.

That said, I don't think I'd get cataract surgery there.

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My dad just had cataract surgery a couple months ago. It was $5k per eye and they did a bit more cleanup while they had the tool box open so now after 74 years of being very color blind he can now see most of the spectrum. They said they could do lasik while the were there for an additional charge but dad declined because he's fawking cheap.
Your dad is obviously over 65? If he paid into Medicare and uses it, it pays for the majority of cataract surgery with a distance correction lens.. Out of pocket for most patients is about 600 bucks per rye..If the patient desires a "bifocal" lens, it's a few grand more...
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