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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 03:31 AM UTC
As you can see I'm some what back from yesterday's Cataract surgery. the actual surgery went perfectly, but the results so far aren't close to what I was expecting.

Besides having Cataracts, I have Molecular Degeneration, and Retina Edema in both eyes. So those two diseases have causes all sorts of other issues. In the right eye, my seeing eye, they removed the Cataract, and my vision is now as bright and with the same contrast as you all basically see. But the sharpness is only somewhat better. I can see now without glasses the same level of sharpness (no where near 20/20) that I saw with glasses before. I was hoping it would have been a lot better. I saw the Surgeon today and he told me that it takes a good week to get to the final results, so I've still got a chance for a better result.

As of this morning I couldn't read anything on my Cell phone, couldn't go on my computer and read any emails. I tried every pair of bi-focals I still have, and one very old pair corrects my computer screen just enough to read and type, but that's barely. And it's not the close up part of the bi-focal.

The surgeon said that I'm still going to need bi-focals but a less powerful subscription. However, my vision will never be what one should expect from new glasses.

Tried to work on a model, but it was basically useless.

Went to the Drug store and bought a pair of 2.50 readers for now so that at least I can use my phone. Thinking of trying a 1.50 pair to see if it helps with my computer screen issues for now.

Will be trying to stay up to date with the sites posts, but I get a headache pretty soon after using my ad hoc old glasses.

joel
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 06:08 AM UTC
Very good news - that the operation it was a success; healing process will make it better - no doubt. I am so glad for you (and for AM community that is).

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 07:42 AM UTC
Gabriel,
I was hoping for the same, but it's not turning out that way. While the surgery to remove the Cataract was a success, my other 2 eye diseases has caused enough damage that I'm always going to have sight issues and poor eyesight.

While I can now see the same light intensity and contrast as you guys, everything is still out of focus and was a real challenge driving to the eye surgeon this morning. I'm not wearing glasses yet as i have to wait at least one more week for the healing to have progressed to the point of another eye exam. At best I'll still have a pair of bifocals for distance and readers on the bottom with less magnification then before, and a set of computer glasses. So what was the point of the surgery? Beats me.

If I'd have known that the end result would have been this poor, I wouldn't have bothered.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 09:51 PM UTC
Joel, I'm sorry to hear the surgery didn't turn out as promised...

My dad knows all too well what it's like when a surgeon claims an operation will cure his ailments, and then afterwards feel worse...

I can only wish you the best for a better recovery...
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:56 AM UTC
Russell,
Thanks for the support, it really does help.

Everyday, my vision without glasses has improved to the point of being better then with my last pair of bifocals, but it's not ever going to get back to what most people experience after successful Cataract surgery. My primary goal with glasses and with my one good eye is to be able to read line #4 pf the chart for my renewal driver's test. I can now see the TV screen pretty clearly so that I can read all the taps running across the bottom of the screen except for the really smaller ones.

To be able to read email and texts on my cell I needed a pair of 2.5 readers rather then the projected 1.5 ones, but there still can be some improvement.

I spend most of my non modeling time on my computer or racing rig and today is the 1st day that I can at least read and answer emails with the cell readers, but the font size is huge and a little blurry. I'm going to test out a pair of 1.5 readers today with a measured distance to simulate my eye to my monitor for both online racing and general computer time to see if I can find a magnification that works better then the ones for the cell phone. Those two readers should last me till I can get my new bifocals and computer glasses in a few weeks.

I do have to keep on reminding myself that the surgery was only on Monday morning, and today is just the start of day 3 out.

I'm really looking forward to doing a little modeling. Oh and BTW, the amount of light from my two modeling lights is like twice what it was, so there's a side benefit that I wasn't expecting.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 11:51 AM UTC
Joel, I'm really glad that things are on the improve for you there, hopefully it continues to get better and you can get back to the bench with renewed enthusiasm soon!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:34 PM UTC
Hang in there Joel - need you to get well enough to to move through the car bit and get back to things with wings . Ever since you came over to AutoModeler sales of 1/48 Grumman aircraft have plummeted.
Wishing you a speedy recovery
Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 03:20 AM UTC

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Joel, I'm really glad that things are on the improve for you there, hopefully it continues to get better and you can get back to the bench with renewed enthusiasm soon!

Cheers, D



D,
Thanks for the support as it's much appreciated.

This entire deal is way more complicated then it should have been, and so far extremely disappointing then I could have imagined. Honestly, if I was told that it would be like this, I wouldn't have bothered, as it's just not worth it.

I'm wearing 2.5x readers coupled with my #5 Optivisor to very slowly work on my Bimmer build. I'll be starting my build blog today or tomorrow if all goes as planned. what I can't do as yet is spray paint as I can't chance any blow back getting into my eye. Hopefully, but next week that will change. But lets just say that the Bimmer is wearing its color coat.

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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 03:29 AM UTC

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Hang in there Joel - need you to get well enough to to move through the car bit and get back to things with wings . Ever since you came over to AutoModeler sales of 1/48 Grumman aircraft have plummeted.
Wishing you a speedy recovery
Cheers - Richard



Richard,
It's always a great day when I get to hear from you. Sorry to hear that Grumman's is having real sales issues with their 1/48 scale aircraft as they really don't have much other then that being bought by Northrop several years ago.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 07:39 AM UTC
All the best, from across the pond Joel. I'm sure you'll recuperate, just as fast, as the racing cars, you so brilliantly build, can run.
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 08:23 AM UTC
Jasper,

Thanks so much my friend for your support. I sure hope that the recovery goes like that, and that there's a checkered win flag at the end of the race.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 09:00 AM UTC
Joel, just be patient with yourself. A recovery always needs time. And your eyes are far too precious to rush them.

In 2007 I had a heavy bike accident and had my head broken in 2 areas near the right eye. To "repair" them the surgeon had to go through my mouth and had to cut a thick nerve cord. You know the feeling of an anestesia injection at the dentist. It's over after 2-3 hours. I had this feeling for about 6 months before full recovery. Still wearing some titanium in my head.
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 02:40 AM UTC
Torsten,
OMG !!! Please tell me your fine now head wise.

I'm trying to be calm about the whole ordeal and take it one day at a time. But even going online and using my computer, I needed to go through several past pairs of bifocals and find one pair that I could actually read the screen.

My general vision is slightly better now then with glasses before, but I can't read street signs till they're close and everything while brighter is slightly blurry. I'm more then willing to wear bifocals, and have computer glasses, just want to get them ASAP so I can get on with my life and interests, especially modeling.

joel