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3 years ago I finished treatments for cancer and two weeks ago I was told I have "spiral-shaped" cataracts in both eyes and the doctor suspects they are from chemotherapy. I have high degree myopia that never really has stabilised (it is -7.25 diopters each eye) and can be corrected to 20/30. I have worn prismatic lenses for the last two years to be able to read or do any near work at the computer and such.
I've always associated cataracts with aging and so many co-workers and family members have been through the surgeries without complaint that I assumed I'd simply be able to have a new lens implanted in each eye and that was that. Done!
I don't see much of anything at night (except for bright lights) now not even with glasses or my contact lenses in and have had to stop driving. The glare from the sun at particular angles around dawn and dusk is overwhelming and I cannot keep my eyes open and there is also quite a lot of a halo effect around streetlamps. He said this is due to where the cataracts are forming which is on the periphery of each lens though one side it affects the periphery and a slight amount of the center.
I cannot understand why he feels I am not a good candidate for this surgery. Not that my insurance would even begin to cover any of the cost yet anyway. Apparently they only will cover removal of much larger cataracts only regardless of how thr affect your vision. I was told that I only could have artificial lenses that would be set to correct my distance vision and that as a result my near and intermediate sight would be significantly affected and likely not correctable with any sort of lenses.
This surgeon is my second opinion and the first doctor told me nearly the same as this one. But I have read many many stories of people with much greater levels of myopia than myself who have had good results. I don't know anyone who has lost near and intermediate sight that cannot be fixed with simple reading glasses.
He tells that should I decide against surgery I'll become legally blind which I'd much rather not have happen! Yet if I have surgery I may lose all ability to do near work (with my job being heavily computer-dependent, this is not an option I'd rather choose either!). He said the sort of cataracts affecting me would cause legal blindness but not affect close work any more than it is already affected. And I asked him so what do I do? I have a bit of time to decide, a year or two, but I thought why not, and came here to ask of others' experiences. Do you have any ideas on what I have been told?
ETA: By second opinion I mean as in surgeons. My regular doctor I see for yearly eye exams made the initial discovery of cataracts and I did not like what he said, nor what the first surgeon said. So, when I heard it yet again from this surgeon, I thought perhaps it's not the doctor who's wrong here!
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