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Old 07-09-2019, 12:25 PM
DimondAngels DimondAngels is offline
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I will be having cataract surgery in October and would like some first hand experiences and which lenses that I should have the surgeon implant on my eyes.
My insurance will cover the cost of the basic lenses but if I decide to get the AcrSof IQ ReStor lenses there is an additional cost of
$6,600. Is the upgrade worth the additional cost?
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:46 PM
JerryLBell JerryLBell is offline
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While we were still working and scrimping and saving to be able to retire a little early (and we really wanted to retire early and get down here!), my wife needed cataract surgery. Our health insurance policy basically said that A) they would cover the surgery but only the more primitive scalpel approach, not the cutting-edge laser approach and B) they would cover the lenses but only the cheap plastic marble ones and not ones that would actually improve her vision as opposed to merely restore her vision. We bit the bullet and went for the laser surgery with the step-up lenses. For here, there were two levels of step-up lenses. The first level would help her astigmatism and might even help her farsightedness. The next level up would "most likely" cure her farsightedness. We were able to swing the lasers and the first level but decided to stop short of the even more expensive second level. She had the surgeries, all went well, her astigmatism is basically gone, her distant vision is the best its been in years but she does still need glasses for closer things. Rather than stash pairs of reading glasses everywhere (which is my own approach), she decided to get progressive bifocal lens glasses. The top part is basically non-prescription and the bottom is for reading and staring at her phone. It would have been nice to have had the "perfect" vision (not that there were any guarantees on that) but her vision is the best it has been since she was a kid. Probably the only thing that has gotten worse is that she sees some halos around light sources at night so her night vision is perhaps not as good. Still, the operation was well worth it for fixing her glaucoma and the lens upgrades were worth it for the improved vision.

Of course, your results may vary. There are no guarantees to this. We can't recommend any local surgeons as this was done back in North Carolina. Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:44 PM
simpilot simpilot is online now
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I am unfamiliar with that brand but I had one multifocal lens installed for $2800 at Mid Florida Eye. That was 2 years ago so perhaps there has been a price increase.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:09 PM
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CFrance CFrance is offline
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My experience might be a little different than others'. When I go to bed, I prop my Kindle on my night stand, turn on my side, and read myself to sleep. Been doing this for years. Because I am nearsighted, reading close up without glasses is the best way for me to read anything. I had tried bifocal contact lenses, but they really didn't work for me very well in church, restaurants, and other lower-light reading situations.

When it came time for cataract surgery years later, my doctor wanted to correct my distance vision. She explained, however, that I would have to wear reading glasses. I said no because I wouldn't be able to read in bed on my side if I had to wear glasses. She cheated and corrected a tiny bit of the distance (I think because that was a stock lens). She said I would adjust, but now I have a slight problem, although not much.

My point is to think hard about your life style habits before making a decision. The people I knew who got the bifocal cataract replacement lens were not happy with them. They still had to wear reading glasses in low-light situations. That would have destroyed my nighttime habits.

I wear bifocal glasses now but have to take them off to read in most situations. (For instance, to type on this laptop, which is in my lap.) When I go to replace these glasses, I am going to ask for distance on the top plus no correction at all on the bottom. I have gone to different doctors and had multiple bifocal prescriptions, but the best way for me to read is with no prescription. It lets the most amount of light into my eyes.

This is just my experience. I'm sure others will have different results.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:10 PM
PJOHNS2654 PJOHNS2654 is offline
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I had mine done this past march. Paid $3100 per eye for the best lense. I don't need glasses for distance or most reading but my distance vision is not quite as sharp as it was with my glasses.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:21 PM
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Robbie0723 Robbie0723 is offline
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Dr Wong has some excellent videos explaining the surgery and recovery.

Cataract and lens replacement day of surgery and postoperative instructions. 1-9-2018 - YouTube
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:32 PM
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In January, I went with the Symphony extended focus lens.

My situation was similar to Cfrance, so I selected to have the right eye to have 20/20 vision for distance and the left eye 20/20 for reading.

Distance vision is excellent, near vision is good enough in most instances but find two eyes are better than one for detail work or extensive reading, so I use glasses some times for near work.

I do experience some halo's and or starburst patterns with the extended range lens around bright lights. But vision at dusk and night is much better than before surgery.

Dr Wong videos
What happens during cataract surgery? Shannon Wong, MD - YouTube

2 weeks after symfony lens. First-hand experience from ophthalmologist - Shannon Wong, MD. Vlog #15 - YouTube
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:57 PM
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Tough to think about cost savings when it comes to your eyes. My wife and I both had cataracts done - laser and best lenses. About $2600 an eye.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:08 PM
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I had both of my Eyes done at Lake Eye. While transporting a neighbor to his visits I overheard many people who still needed cheaters to read after getting the best and most expensive lens.

When my turn finally came up I questioned the Doctor because I had every intention of going for the $$ Top Drawer Lens $$. He said there would be a high probability that for the Computer and for Reading the Cheaters would be necessary. At that moment I remember the disappointment I felt. I wanted nothing to do with glasses anymore. I would have been furious if I paid the extra money and still had to wear the Cheaters.

I took the way that Medicare Offered and only need Cheaters sometimes. Usually, its when I don't have them with me. The Doctor actually said, Don't buy any expensive Glasses just get the Dollar Store, Walmart Cheapos. It has made things so Vivid and was so worthwhile to have the Cataracts removed. I'm grateful that my Doctor, Dr. Wherle was so skilled and such a kind person.

I think things will work out for you and you will be one Happy Customer. Talk to your Dr. about what I mention and be guided by him or her. For me being guided by other patients worked for me. Wish you The Best!
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:43 PM
Joanne and Mike Joanne and Mike is online now
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My husband and I had Symphony lenses put in, an extra $3 thousand per eye at St. Luke's. We each can see without glasses exce[t for occasionally using reading glasses. Mike needed some additional tweeking, so he followed up with Lasik surgery which was included in the price. My only complaint is that it is more difficult to see in low light. We were so impressed with St. Luke's.
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