# Pilots and cataracts

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Well, it's done. Light adjustable lens implant in the right and we had to Lasik the left to match. So far so good, it's only day three after the operation and I can see 20/20 with the right already and it is capable of being fine tuned in a couple of weeks. Having lots of lenses in my (optical) shop I played around with some and got to 20/15. For me this is freaky! This is after being blind-as-a-bat myopic my whole life.(20/200 and worse, uncorrected) I'll need a variety of glasses for different tasks but I can now go swim in the ocean and find my way back to land! And land airplanes without following the ILS all the way down....

BTW, anyone who needs this done and has no insurance or simply wants to go to a first class clinic, I have no hesitation to do it again at this place I went to in Mexico. Very impressed with the whole set-up. It's called Codet Vision Institute.

Hopefully I'll get my medical back in a month or so and a Class 2 with a SODA is now on the cards for me. Got to love technology.
Great news PTA!

#### Tony

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It's a fair way from IL to Tijuana, but getting a top quality standard lens implanted is between 1,700 to 2,200 per eye, all inclusive. If you can afford to fly at all, you ought to be able to get it done.
Not everyone flying has unlimited funds. With some it takes just about everything they have to fly. I fall into that catagory. So should I stop flying. To some they say yes. If your bank account does not have xxxxx amount in it just stay out of thier sky.
Now if anyone is watching what is happening with our goverment then everyone should know just those that have get, those with out, are out. If you are ill and do not have much our goverment would perfer you just die and get off thier debt wagon.
I had a little boy of 3. He was very ill. The family no money. He needed his splien removed so he could at least live until teenage years. The doctors would not do this for it was a waste to do this on someone who was going to die anyway. He died 2 months after his 6th birthday.
I have a bone disease. Now I have Cateracts in my eyes. I am on borrowed time. If I use this same logic that the doctors used its not a wise move for me to waste every penny I and my wife have to fix my eye's. Now if we lived in another country all this would be different. But we live here in America.

Tony

Tony

#### PTAirco

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Sorry to hear about your situation. But when it comes to flying you don't have a choice - you need to see to fly. I have not flown since last November, miss it a lot, but this is obviously a priority and until it gets paid off, I am grounded.

#### fmartin_gila

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Wow, opened an old thread but one which interests us all. My story - I had to start wearing glasses at age 13 because of nearsightedness. Every few years I had to get slightly stronger prescription. At age 43, had to start wearing Bifocals, recommended by AME. Still changing prescription every few years. About 10 years ago, the people I had been seeing for several years said I was starting to get Cataracts & recommended I take care of it immediately. I went to another Eye Clinic for second opinion and they stated that they saw no evidence of Cataract and only needed a different prescription so I followed through with that(never went back to the other people). About 6 years ago I started seeing better at near distances(reading, using computer, writing and such close work) without my glasses so started performing these tasks without glasses. Last year, I got new lenses, Single vision and less powerful than the last prescription. My vision does seem to be improving as time goes on and occasionally I will forget to wear my glasses outdoors only to realize I have forgotten when distant objects are not clear. I am now age 77 and back to single vision lenses which I wear for any longer distance viewing. Vision is so important to us not only as Pilots but otherwise too. Please get second opinion on any eyework and give it some very serious thought before doing something, especially any surgical matters.

greenbomb, Have to agree with you on the last sentence.

Fred

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#### PTAirco

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Four years later and my vision is great. 20/20 in the eye that had the cataract surgery. 20/15 if I wear glasses to correct the last smidgen. I do need reading glasses, but I needed bifocals before all this. One annoying factor: because this is a very unique lens, that can be adjusted in power after it's implanted, my green color receptors in the center of my vision have gotten a little messed up by the UV beam that alters the lens. Some shades of green look very grey-ish now. Went back for some tests and nobody really knows why, this lens has been put into thousands of people and I seem to be the only one who had this problem. I can still pass every color vision test, it's not a problem, but the greyness is a little disappointing. However going from blind as a bat to 20/20 without glasses trumps all that.

#### Pops

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I'm 76 years old and just got a lens transplant in my left eye. Been nearsighted since I started wearing glasses at 17 years old. That broke my heart because at that time you had to have 20/20 uncorrected vision to fly for the military or airlines. Now with my left eye I can see a piss-ant on a tree limb a 1/2 mile away Doc says I may or my not have to use reading glasses for close up, but I can still see good in to about 16" now with my left eye. Will be getting the right eye done in a couple of weeks. At this time it's hard while walking, if I look down my vision is going back and forth between each far different eye and I can get motion sickness. Not good. I have a bad leg with bone graph and pins so I need to watch where I put my left foot while walking. I got caught out driving after dark the other night and the glare was so bad in my right eye I had to get my daughter to drive me home. Can't wait to get the other eye done. I grounded myself in flying several months ago when when my left eye got bad very quickly. Seeing with my new lens in my left eye, the colors are so much brighter I would have never believed the difference. Now for the right eye.

#### bmcj

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I hate headlight glare at night. I find that wearing a pair of sunglasses (not too dark) takes care of that problem but still allows you to see everything else.

#### MikePousson

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I had both eyes done in 2003. What a difference. Only negative was glare and star bursts. I limit myself to driving on interstates after dark so as oncoming traffic is on the other side of the medium. Since then, lots of stuff happened, vision related.

#### bmcj

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I had both eyes done in 2003. What a difference. Only negative was glare and star bursts. I limit myself to driving on interstates after dark so as oncoming traffic is on the other side of the medium. Since then, lots of stuff happened, vision related.
Cataract or LASIK?

Try the sunglasses.

#### Swampyankee

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I was told by one eye doctor that they treat cataracts by replacing the bad lens with a good donor human lens. The end result is perfect vision and focusability even if you did not have it before.
Not according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (IOL Implants: Lens Replacement and Cataract Surgery - American Academy of Ophthalmology). As an aside -- I saw this below -- most insurances will cover IOLs in cataract surgery. If my health insurance company told me to go abroad, I'd find a different insurance company.

#### MikePousson

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Cataract or LASIK?

Try the sunglasses.
Cataracts... Both eyes done two weeks apart. Then later, YAG Capsullotomy on both eyes to clean up specks of cataracts on the IOL. That was all the easy part for me.

#### fmartin_gila

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I hate headlight glare at night. I find that wearing a pair of sunglasses (not too dark) takes care of that problem but still allows you to see everything else.
The shooters glasses are a big help to some people, might give them a try too.

Fred

#### timberwolf8199

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The shooters glasses are a big help to some people, might give them a try too.

Fred

The key is to get polarized lenses...regardless of the level of tinting.