Posted , 6 users are following.
My sister had two dense cataracts removed in May and July. The only information she has is a card to give her optician when she visits for prescription glasses for distance about 6 to 8 weeks after the July operation
The first card is for the Right Eye.
CT Asphina 409MP (which is a type of IOL lens)
ØT = 11.0 Ø body = 6.0
Right eye D +23.0
The second card is the same except
Left eye D: +23.5
I was wondering if someone could give me any information on the meaning of those measurements with the limited information available. She wasn't told anything about type of lens or whether it was for distance or near vision.
Her previous history was that she didn't need glasses as a child, but over the last 10 to 15 years she needed both distance and reading glasses getting progressively stronger but she doesn't know the strength.. I was unaware that she was almost blind in one eye and the "good one" had a permanent smudge in front of it. She thought her clear glass was frosted!
The surgeon told her she let her cataracts grow too dense before having them removed. . (I believe it is more difficult to measure for IOL power if cataract is too dense).
She was scared after first surgery on right eye because she couldn't read the numbers on the wall clock in a classroom and could only read medium sized print. However she was almost blind before the operation so it was a great improvement on pre-op.
But WHAT IF THE OTHER EYE HAD THE SAME RESULT? We both foolishly thought that all cataract operations were a magical process that gave you perfect vision for both near and far!!!! This was a rude awakening!
Luckily the other eye was a much better result. She can now drive around quite confidently in her local area and will require prescription glasses to see further into the distance in order to read distant signs. She needs +1 reading glasses to read the paper. Everything is much clearer and colours are sharper than she has seen in years, so she is happy with the outcome considering she left it so late.
As I, too, have early stage cataracts, I'm trying to understand what happens.
0 likes, 9 replies