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Hello I'm Keith. Male 58. I've just had a cataract op on my left eye with a lens inserted as part of the procedure. this was only a week ago and the difference is remarkable. My pre op vision was very much reduced and now I can see a lot better. I'm following instructions on not lifting / bending etc and using drops as told. The vision in each eye individual is fine and even on computer when I still wear my specs. However my vision from both eyes at distance is difficult to describe. Maakes me feel a little dizzy and I suppose the best way to describe it would be how you could expect to see if you had just had a bump on the head. Just kind of offset and wobbly if that makes sense. I can see quite clearly apart from that. Has any one else experienced this and will it settle. It's still early days I know. Would be obliged to hear. 

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    Having had the same operation last year on my left eye, I would say that it takes a while to settle. However, if you have still got a cataract in the other eye, then it is mismatched and this may show up when looking at a distance object. When I look at something 30 feet away (10 mtres say) I can see clearly with the eye that was operated on, if I close the right eye. If I close the good eye and look through the right eye then everything looks more dim and not as clear. Hope that helps.
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      Hi Dennis

      Thanks very much for getting back in contact with your answer. As far as I'm aware my right eye is OK. I did read that it can take up to a month for things to settle and as it's not quite yet a week (One week tomorrow) since I actualy had the op, I suppose it's still early days. It just feels a little weird at the moment with this offset (if I can call it that) vision. Hope yours is fine. Thank you biggrin 

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      It's amazing how instant the improvement is but I'm curious about the "offset" vision? 

      I have had a problem that is fairly rare, and I was not told about. Some people get a shadow caused by the lens they insert. It shows at the edge of my eye. The brain normally eliminates it as it knows it is not needed, within 3 months, as it does with "floaters". 10 months later I'm still waiting for my brain to do it's work!

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      OK yes Dennis I think I have experienced that shadow as you mentioned just on the outer side of my vision too. Just noticed it very briefly, so that has answered that as well. Thanks again
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    Hi Keith I had cataract removed from right eye just over a week ago and everything more or less the same as you've described. Nice to be able to see out of my eye again but walking outside looking ahead at pavement it looks wobbly. Not really bad but just not right. Still it's early days and my eyes still sore so hopefully settle soon. I'm not at hospital until 7/12 for follow up appt. they said after op it takes about 8 weeks to heal.
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      Hi Karen thanks for your mail. Yes that sounds more or less exactly what I'm experiencing. Clear vision but just not right. s you say ... wobbly. As it happens I have to go back on the same date as yourself, so I'll just keep up with the good advice from the hospital. Good luck on yours and thanks biggrin
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    High Keith. I presume you were told by your optician to go back for another eye test approximately six weeks after your operation as your vision will be a lot different then. I am due to have the other eye done. Just waiting on an appointment at the hospital. That's been over a year since my first eye was done. It has been fine. Even with new specs I found that it took a while for my brain to get used to the difference in vision. However the other eye is starting to get cloudy and its knocking my balance off. That's common. I'm sure that if both eyes are now clear you will be fine but give it time. It does take months till everything gets back to normal. Failing that Go back to your optician. Stress is not good for you or your eyes!!
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      Hi Pamela. Thanks for your message. I was thinking more or less the same this evening. Before my operation the sight in my left eye was pretty bad. This had been deteriorating for over a year, so I guess that my brain had got used to one eye vision. I've noticed that I'm seeing things in quite vivid 3D as well and that could be part of the re adjustment thing. I was informed not to have an eye test or anything for at least  a month after, so as it's early days I'm just taking that what I'm experincing is the norm . Thank you a lot for your message. I hope that you continue to get better biggrin Thanks Keith
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    can i ask what iol you had inserted?  mono focal or multi focal? 
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      All I know is it was not a multi focul. I did ask about the varifocul availability and was told it was not available on the Nhs.
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      Do you know if it was for distance, intermediate or near?  I am wondering how it will be, for example, if I get the distance monofocal, not being able to see my smart phone, for example, without having my glasses on.  Any thoughts you can tell me on that I would really appreciate. thanks.
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      Hi / Do you know I never even thought to ask. I have been lucky enough not to have needed hospitals or opertions before. To tell the truth I was amazed that they could actually insert a lens into the eye as they did. I have a suspicion that mine is a distance one as I had prescription lenses for distance and I'm sure that they told me that I would still need to wear reading specs (which are low power) For example while I'm here typing I can see great with reading specs on. However it's when I go into my garden for example I see things wobbly and kind of swimming. I have found out elsewhere though that this is a common reaction which relieved me some. So for people like Karen who I hope sees this, I have read that what were experiencing is par for the course. Before I left the hospital I was given a small card that has the full prescription and details on. I just looked there now but it doesn't say if that is vary focal / long /or short.
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      I was concerned with this as the lens is usually fixed. A friend decided that as she spent lots of time on computers, that she should get a lens that gave fixed focus for close work on both eyes! When done she realised that now her distance vision was poor, of course. I asked for the first lens to match my existing which gives good distance. I still use reading glasses and I am happy to do that. I believe most people do that.
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      So you got distance monofocal lenses and now you wear bifocal glasses so you can see near and intermediate and you can see distance without glasses?
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