I can see clearly now

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  1. old lady new shooter

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    Do you think that's actually a possibility?
     
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    Had both eyes done in April, 2020 and, like others, was amazed with the improvement in acuity and brightness of colors. Could even see iron sights again. Unfortunately, acuity is suffering a bit with everything appearing slightly blurry. Last trip to range, I discovered the one (and on occasion, 2nd) flier out of every 5 shot group is very likely being caused by a ghost image of the horizontal cross hair rather than a new BAR which I've been trying to squeeze < moa groups out of. The vertical crosshair is sharp, only horizontal has the ghost; my fliers are always out @ 12-1 o'clock, so suspect I'm picking up on the ghost crosshair.

    Was diagnosed w/macular degeneration in right eye 20 years ago, but it was not progressing noticeably. Hopefully that is still the case. Have appointment w/Ophthalmologist on the 9th to discuss the problem.

    Funny thing is that if I tip my head so as to position my iris as low as possible, making line of sight just above lower eyelid, the ghost disappears???

    This Doctor has done an excellent job of keeping my eyes tuned up for past 40 years; sure hope he has one more trick in his bag to fix this one. :)

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  3. old lady new shooter

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    I see a ghost image of my front sight above the more solid image. I found out vertical double vision with only one eye open is a known thing for a person who has astigmatism. (Which I do.) I imagined that the more solid image was the real one and therefore the one to use but all my shots were hitting a little low compared to where I was aiming. So I tried using the ghost image and that works for me.

    FWIW.
     
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  4. Austin Albright

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    That was exactly my experience too.
    I remember going outside and just feasting on the vivid colors. We truly live in amazing times. I see as well now as I did when I was 12 years old.
    If only the rest of my body .....
    Oh well.
     
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    Think of all the bionic parts we have now: lens implants, dental implants, artificial hips, knees, heart valves, etc., etc. And many of these are becoming routine.
     
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    Good, but I use 1.25 readers when closer. Have about 10 pairs everywhere JIC.
    Just had astigmatism before. Cataract removal and minor correction HD lenses.
    They even gave me little cards with the spec's on 'em! Big HD and slightly Blu-Blocking!
    You won't believe the stars and clarity at night!
    Have to be very careful with any racial light. (white)...:evil::neener:
    Aimpoints are beautiful too.
     
  7. old lady new shooter

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    I had major sticker shock when my friend told me the problems I had with the red dot I first bought for my AR would be solved if I got an Aimpoint. After a few days I realized a firearm I couldn't see to aim was going to be an extremely expensive giant paperweight, and gave in. Oh boy do I love them!!!!!!! :)

    For the record, besides not being able to even see the lesser red dot sight under certain conditions (illuminated target while standing in dimmer light), I was getting an artifact of a sort of wiggly red thread directly above the red dot but not touching it. Do not get that or any other artifacts with an Aimpoint.
     
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    Yes. There is research being done on several ways of accomplishing this.
     
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    Wow.

    If you are following this, I'm sure many folks here would love to have periodic updates. (Hint, hint...)
     
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    My right eye started going bad as soon as Covid hit. At first, I could really only notice it at night while driving to work. By fall of 2020, it had deteriorated to being useless at night and everything was sort of washed out looking. My blue illuminated keyboard became so dim I couldn't use it at all by the time my left eye tried to catch up to the right one. By the end of Jan '21, reading posts on this forum were becoming difficult unless I had the brightness at crazy high levels. I had the monovision IOL lenses done, as they have a very low complication rate, even though the doctor told me I had enough of an astigmatism that it would make it hard to make my vision perfect without glasses, unless I got the $1000 an eye out of pocket "Toric" lenses. I rolled the dice, and he just missed being perfect. My right eye is barely farsighted, and my left is barely nearsighted. I wear really thin and light glasses when I want "perfect", but I drive and watch TV most of the time without them. One thing that kind of shocked me was how much better the contrast was after surgery. I can read this and other forums without glasses as the black on white/yellow is totally different than pre surgery, as are colors in general. One neighbor's car I saw a lot looked to be a blue green pre surgery, but is actually a medium blue. There was a yellow tint to everything. All in all, I'm very happy with the results, even though one of my eyes is going to require the YAG laser due to the secondary cataract. I'm guessing it's my left eye as there is a slight dimming of this page as I close and open each eye. I go for my 6 month check up at the end of July, and I will ask if they can do the Yag laser then.

    One of the most pleasurable things I did was drive at night. I preferred it, actually, and now I can see well enough to enjoy it again.
     
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    One of the few advantages of living in the modern age is our excellent quality of health care.
    I always thought I should have been a cowboy, but if that fencing staple had lodged in my eye in 1883 instead of 1983.....I would have been a one-eyed cowboy.
     
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    I am 68 now and over the last year and a half had to have my prescription glasses replaced 3 times. The first of May had cataract surgery on my right eye then this Monday for the left eye. I also opted for the Toric lens and had Astigmatism correction for both eyes. Like everyone else I was surprised at how clear and crisp my vision is now. That yellow tint is gone and everything is more white, colors stand out more now too. No longer need glasses to drive and can see the dash just fine. For reading I tried 2+ down to 1.5+ readers, but now I am trying the multi lens 2.50+ for close work (bottom of lens) then computer (middle of lens) and (top of lens) for a little farther out.

    Can see iron sights well enough they are useable for both handgun and rifle. I go back next Monday for my one week checkup after that I will start shooting with my new eyes and see what works for me. Am so glad I had this done.
     
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    There's a song in there somewhere.......
     
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    Yep, and if you can work in a train or a prison ya got a golden platter!!:evil:

    Regards,
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    The new variable lens implants could be a good thing for those having cataract surgery for the first time. But for those of us who have already had the surgery, it's not too helpful. That's because, during the original procedure, the natural lens is emulsified using ultrasound, and then is vacuumed out. This doesn't work on plastic implant lenses, which literally have to be cut out. As I understand it, this is complicated and difficult. Once the original operation is done, it's best to leave the results alone.
     
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    A previous generation, my Mother went to contacts after cataract surgery and was generally pleased.
    She talked to an ophthalmologist about implants but he was not interested in doing a "secondary procedure" after somebody else had done the main work, for which read better paying.
    Unfortunately her health started failing before she could find somebody to work with.
     
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    Mine eyes have seen the gorey?
     
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    Back years (generations?) ago, cataracts would be removed, and then the patient would need glasses like the bottoms of Coke bottles (think George Burns) to see at all. Contacts were an improvement on this, but the real breakthrough came with plastic implant lenses. This greatly improved the quality of life for the elderly.
     
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    ...and all the other folks that needed them.
    :thumbup:
     
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    My maternal grandmother had that type of operation decades ago. Coke bottle bottoms is an apt description of the glasses she needed, but she was an avid reader and appreciated that she could still read.
     
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    That's good.
     
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    Had my preliminary "measurement " and evaluation exam yesterday 09 JUN and nobody mentioned that membrane possibly forming and needing laser removal.

    I'm only having my right eye done, 'cause even though there's a small one forming in my left eye, I'm still 20-20 out of that one. Just hedging my bets because there might be some difficulty with the right eye surgery. Everyone says to have both done at the same time, but I ju-u-u-u-ust don't know about that. Just "an overabundance of caution" there, I guess.

    I do OK to 15 yards with the laser sights on my EDCs, and OK with the pistol iron sights, laser off, with my left eye. The gun comes up to that "left eye" position automatically now for that.

    Rifle? No good, Was seriously thinking of training with the rifle on the left shoulder, but just trying it, it feels so awkward, like throwing with your weak hand.
     
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    Know what ya mean, 230. I'm just too old to learn to shoot a rifle left handed, but the alteration I made to enable me to shoot my M1 leads me to believe I can shoot a high mounted scope right handed using my left eye by canting as you would a co-axially mounted optic on an AR. Should my macular degeneration in right eye progress far enough to render right eye useless, I'll let ya know how that works out. As they say, any port in a storm.;)
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    The usual procedure is to do the eyes one at a time. The reason is you don't want to be completely out of commission during the healing process. After the operation, the eye has to stabilize so that they can arrive at an accurate prescription for glasses (if needed).

    The membrane we are talking about is part of the capsule the natural lens rides in. This capsule separates the lens from the aqueous humor at the front of the eye (behind the cornea) and from the vitreous humor -- a jellylike substance -- at the back of the eye. The front membrane gets cut during the operation, in the process of removing the old lens and installing the new one. (The old lens is liquified and sucked out, and the new lens is inserted in a folded condition and unfolds into its proper position.) The doctors like to keep the rear membrane intact, so as to prevent debris from contaminating the vitreous. (Debris in the vitreous causes "floaters.")

    After a period of time, this rear membrane may (or may not) cloud up. It's easy for the doctor to burn a hole in it with a laser. By that time it's safe to do so, because the new lens itself takes over the job of sealing the vitreous.

    At least that's how I understand it in layman's terms, as explained to me by my doctor.
     
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    That seems to be exactly what my doctor said about the rear membrane, AA. I'm more and more sure my left eye will need the YAG laser sooner than later. There is a definite drop in brightness in my left eye compared to my right. When he told me I had the secondary cataract, I knew what was the likely result. No big deal, according to the videos I've seen of it and from friends who had it done.
     
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