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  1. #1
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    Lens choices for cataract surgery

    Vision in my right eye has degenerated rapidly, going from 20-20 corrected to 20-100 corrected and worsening noticeably. It is due to a cataract but my surgery has been put off until further notice. My left eye was to have followed two weeks later. The surgery will happen sooner of later.

    A question about lenses, I figure that there's a pretty good percentage of this particular group with cataract experience. The type of lens that I'd decided on is long focus both eyes. My wife had this done a few years back and got one eye long focus and the other for a medium short distance. She says that it blends seamlessly after a week or so. Nonetheless, I'm going both long. I don't care if I need reading glasses.

    The question: how will this work with shooting scopes, open sights?

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    Lens choices for cataract surgery

    Tom, in October 2018 got a new prescription to correct vision to 20/20. By October 2019 I had trouble reading street name signs much past 60-70 yards. Billboard signs was like looking at a 3D picture without the glasses. Went to Marietta Eye Clinic. Cataracts were getting bad and had astigmatism also. Underwent laser surgery and chose the long focal lenses for both eyes, right eye first, check up day after surgery sight was 20/20. Week later, left eye, check up day after surgery 20/20. So 20/20 in both eyes now, do not need readers for anything. Have only been out to Riverbend twice since the operation but have no problems with scope use, have not tried iron sights yet but don't think it will be a problem, also peripheral vision of items on and around the bench or table are totally in focus. Prior to surgery white looked like a newspaper that was left out in the sun for the better part of a day, now white looks like LED bright white. Don't know it will help my shooting but at least I can see the flags better now.

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    8 years ago I had Lasix on both eyes. I was warned that even though I had no other problems, at my age, my vision would deteriorated in about 6 years.

    I have developed a small cataract in my left eye. My vision has also deteriorated to the point that I need readers.
    I went to ophthalmologist to inquire about multi focal lens replacement. He examined me and said because I had previously had Lasix, he could not guarantee I would not still have to us readers. Since my insurance will not cover that surgery anyway, I guess I will just get glasses.

    This sucks. I wore glasses for 30 years, and it was great for the eight years I did not have too.

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    When I had cataracts removed, I decided to get lenses for long vision in both eyes, solely for my shooting needs. I don't regret it.

    As I recall, replacement lenses come in ½ dioptre increments. As it happened, my left (of) eye is perfect, not corrective need can be detected even with the modern computerised equipment. Turns out the right is ¼ dioptre off, but in the right direction to help clear a foresight of iron sighted rifles.

    The downside is that with the lack of accommodation with these old eyes, I do need reading glasses, but that's fine by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kielly View Post
    When I had cataracts removed, I decided to get lenses for long vision in both eyes, solely for my shooting needs. I don't regret it.

    As I recall, replacement lenses come in ½ dioptre increments. As it happened, my left (of) eye is perfect, not corrective need can be detected even with the modern computerised equipment. Turns out the right is ¼ dioptre off, but in the right direction to help clear a foresight of iron sighted rifles.

    The downside is that with the lack of accommodation with these old eyes, I do need reading glasses, but that's fine by me.
    Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear.

    Joe's post above is a near perfect description of my last year.

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    yes get single vision, long is probably a good choice, reading glasses are cheap.
    you will need lots of them. computer, desk, cleaning bench, reloading bench, at the range

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    yes get single vision, long is probably a good choice, reading glasses are cheap.
    you will need lots of them. computer, desk, cleaning bench, reloading bench, at the range
    Costco sells them by the bag full LOL

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    After Surgery

    For shooting, I use De-cot sport glasses.

    Had an eye doctor, skeet shooter, make prescription lenses, for the decot frames.

    The vision correction is positioned in the lens to assist specific requirements while shooting.

    The Doctor recommended a light lens tint. there are a number of tint options to pick from.

    Expensive,but worth it.


    Glenn

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    I had cataract surgery about 5 years ago. I chose to have both eyes corrected for distance vision. I wear trifocal glasses with the upper portion having no correction (plain glass), the lowest portion for reading, and the middle is 1/2 the reading prescription which works well for my computer. I find it easier to have the glasses on my face all the time, rather than putting them on when I want to see something close.

    I can shoot scoped rifles just fine with my glasses, as the upper portion is clear, and that is where you see through the lenses.

    For handguns, I wear Knobloch glasses. I have always worn them to shoot handguns, and I have prescription lenses(new ones, now that I have the implanted lenses). I simply take my guns to the optometrist's office, and have him hold a sample lens in front of my eye as I focus on the front sight. I have two lenses, one for my Hammerli Free pistol, which is quite long, and one for my model 1911 and Model 52, and model 41, all of which are about the same length. I had the optometrist make two round lenses to fit the Knobloch lens holder.

    Having cataract surgery was easy, quick, and the results are wonderful.

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    I had a cataract removed less than 2 weeks ago in my right eye. I've worn glasses since I was 3. For the first time in my life I now wear plano shooting glasses. I need readers for the next 30 or so days until they will be willing to write me a new Rx for the lens ( I hope plano with bifocal).

    I am one VERY happy camper. I can see clearly, colors are much more vivid and my RMR's no longer star burst. For the first time in several years I feel comfortable driving at night. Now if I can just get through putting in the dastardly drops in the eye....but that is another 20 days away. Oh ya, I can actually shoot iron sight on the handguns again....been several years that was impossible. bob

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