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    Default First light after cataract surgery



    Two days ago I had cataract surgery on my right eye. That's my dominant eye and my vision had gotten so bad that all stars looked double. I got a Toric lens implant to correct my bad astigmatism. Yesterday my post op exam showed that my distance vision in that eye is now 20/20.

    We've had a lot of cloudy weather lately, but last night was clear. So, I wheeled the scope out and checked on a few of my favorites. My first target was the double cluster in Perseus. OMG! Where did all those tiny stars come from? Tiny pin points of light in brilliant white and orange filled the view. Next, I had to swing over to the Pleiades. Just gorgeous. And the great nebula in Orion. Wonderful. Castor was a sharp little pair of headlights. It's just like a major upgrade to my equipment. I can't wait to check out the moon later this month.

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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Good for you Don, the best and most important part in the optical train just got fixed! You must feel like a little kid again; way to go!

    Enjoy the "enhanced" views
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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Congratulations on the Mark II improvement
    Good to hear things are well.
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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Congrats on your successful surgery. It's always money well spent on "new equipment" that you can use with every eyepiece and scope in your collection. If you type "cataract" into the forum search box, you will see other postings echoing your delight. Cataracts present such a gradual progression that we rarely realize how much vision we have lost, so the shock when it is restored to 100% is significant. Many people only notice it when it diffuses and distorts their vision enough to affect their ability to drive at night, but astronomers are acutely aware of each step of deterioration. Congrats again and enjoy your bonus of the astigmatism correction too!
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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    That's great news. I am a candidate for this surgery in a few years. Hope mine is every bit as successful!
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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Outstanding result!

    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    That's great news. I am a candidate for this surgery in a few years. Hope mine is every bit as successful!
    Well, like my 80-year-old aunt said after getting knee replacement surgery: "I should have done this 10 years ago!" Anyway, whenever the time is right, best wishes to you.

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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Congratulations on the "First Light"! Best wishes for many more

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    Congrats on the new "glass" Don! Happy to hear that your surgery went fine.
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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    Great to hear! There is hope for those with cataracts.

    FYI I graduated from CSUF physics!


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    Default Re: First light after cataract surgery

    That sounds terrific Don! It tracks well with what I've heard about cataract surgery and the improvement in being able to see in terms of astronomy. Cataract development is a slow process and we adjust to the changes over time and many don't even notice the degradation until they've had the surgery. I know famed observer and S&T columnist Walter Scott Houston commented that after he had cataract surgery the difference for him was miraculous.

    While under normal circumstances I would liked to have had lasik surgery at some point, I have resisted that based on the many reports that I've read about the results being less than stellar when it comes to astronomy. So the only surgery I would opt to have would be cataract or something required to prevent blindness. Happy your experience turned out so well.
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