EYE surgery all done.

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DON
EYE surgery all done.

Well it's been a strange and difficult year for me so far. I went in to get new contact lens this January and was told I needed to see a Retina specialist before doing anything about contacts. Turned out I had a Macular Hole in the retina of BOTH eyes and needed retina surgery as soon as possible. I had the surgery on my right eye, the worst of the two March 3th. That surgery went okay but the surgeon was NOT able to close the hole completely. He was able to get the surface of the retina FLAT, so now the image is a lot better, but I still have a blind spot in the center of my vision. Bottom line is that my right eye is pretty much USELESS for readying, be it a book or a computer screen.
April 23th, I had the same retina surgery on my left eye, my GOOD one. As luck would have it, I had some serious problems and I developed a THICK cataract in my left eye OVER NIGHT. On Monday before the surgery I could see well enough to drive a car with NO contacts if I heeded to. After the surgery the cataract was so thick I couldn't see much of anything. When my wife was driving me to the doctors office the next day, there was a black car about 15 yards in front of our car. With my LEFT eye, I couldn't even tell the car was there, just a total blur. Needless to say it wasn't much fun getting around with only one eye, one with a blind spot no less. The cataract was so thick and cloudy that my surgeon was NOT able to look inside my eye and see the retina to see if he had been able to completely close the hole. It wasn't until after I had cataract surgery on my left eye June 2th that he was able to look inside and tell me he had gotten the hole completely closed.
June 16th I had cataract surgery on my right eye, so now all that remains is for my eyes to settle down so I can finally get new contacts and a new set of reading glasses for up close. Before all this started, I could work on my computer just fine with NO contacts or reading glasses. NOW, I need reading glasses for ALL close-up seeing. The NEW plastic lens they installed with the cataract surgery is set for DISTANCE, and not close up work. So now my vision is pretty good at long range, but MUCH worse then it was for up close. Time will tell if I will be able to see a golf ball land on shots over 75 yards. And I'm hoping that I will be able to drive a car with NO contacts for the first time in 45 years.
And as my luck would be, I'm having trouble with my Left eye, the good one. Seems that after I got off the prescribtion eye drops I was taking for 3 weeks after the cataract surgery, I developed some inflammation in my eye and I had to go back on the steroid eye drops and start ALL OVER with them. Now I have to use the drops 4 times a day again, and with luck cut back to 3 drops a day next week, then 2 a day for another week before cutting back to 1 a day for another week. If everything goes right this time I'll be off the drops in a few more weeks and then after 2 more weeks my eyes should be settled down enough to get new reading glasses and with luck NOT need contacts for driving.

So all this explains WHY you haven't had to put up with me on this site since April 22nd. So far, this year has been a total BUST as far as getting much of anything done.

Scott Rushing
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Darn Don. Hope things clear

Darn Don. Hope things clear up soon (no pun intended) and glad you're eyesight is at least settling in somewhere where you can function again.

My brother has had terrible eyes his whole life and had some similar frustrations the end of last year and the beginning of this year...doc gave him a detached retina during one procedure, then got lenses installed which helped him but then a blood clot stuck on the inside of his eye blocking all incoming vision...one eye is better than ever, the other not so much...

Tricky stuff dealing with the eyes. Hope things get better soon!

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Wow Don! Sorry to hear about

Wow Don! Sorry to hear about all the troubles you're going through. Hope you heal up fast and start seeing better again so you can get back to the range.

Practice like you play. Play like you practice.

I don't normally hit a sand wedge 170 yards. But when I do, it's from a greenside bunker.

DON
I'm hoping to get out to the

I'm hoping to get out to the range Monday to test my vision. I'm hoping to be able to see a golf ball land for the first time in years, As it was before all this started I could NOT see a ball land when hitting full shots with a Lob wedge, which is 90 yards carry for me. I'm hoping for at least some improvement. I'll let you know after my first trip to the range since cataract surgery.

Don

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scomac
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Best of luck with the rest of

Best of luck with the rest of your recovery, Don. I'm sure you'll be back on the course again before you know it!

DON
Test of eyes today

I'm going out to the driving range in an hour to hit some balls the SEE if I can see a ball land for the first time in years. I'll let you know how it goes, both the ball striking after my layoff and whether I can see a ball land.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Golg balls do come down

After more than 6 years of NOT being able to say for sure that golf balls do land, due to not being able to SEE them do so. I finally got to see a golf ball land. Today I was able to see the ball land when I was at the driving range hitting balls. NOT real far away, but around 120 yards or so, which is a great improvement. While not exactly impressive for most golfers, its a step in the right direction for me. I'm hoping that with a few more weeks of healing and getting off of the prescription eye drops my eyesight will only get better. It did the first time around before the inflammation in my left eye caused me to go back on the drops, so I have hope for the same results after I get off the drops the second time around. It will be another 6 weeks before I'm off of the drops so I will not know for sure for awhile yet, but it's looking promising at this point.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Great News Don! Positive

Great News Don! Positive step forward. Hopefully things will continue to improve!

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DON
Getting better

this morning when I was watching the morning news on TV, I noticed that I was able to read the writing on the screen BETTER than I could yesterday or the day before. One of the side effects of the eye drops I'm taking is that they made my vision WORSE. As I reduce the number of drops I take each day, my vision gets better. That's what happened the first time I reduced the number of drops week by week. So now I'm seeing the same results as I go from 4 drops a day to 3 a day. After one more week of 3 a day I'm hoping to see even more improvement when I go to 2 a day and then 1 a day and then finally NONE a day.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Getting better

this morning when I was watching the morning news on TV, I noticed that I was able to read the writing on the screen BETTER than I could yesterday or the day before. One of the side effects of the eye drops I'm taking is that they made my vision WORSE. As I reduce the number of drops I take each day, my vision gets better. That's what happened the first time I reduced the number of drops week by week. So now I'm seeing the same results as I go from 4 drops a day to 3 a day. After one more week of 3 a day I'm hoping to see even more improvement when I go to 2 a day and then 1 a day and then finally NONE a day.

Don

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DocT
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That is great news, Don!

That is great news, Don!

Practice like you play. Play like you practice.

I don't normally hit a sand wedge 170 yards. But when I do, it's from a greenside bunker.

Scott Rushing
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Yes - great news...

Yes - great news...

DocT - your tag line "practice like you play" reminded me of a visit to the range about a month ago. A guy was hitting balls and it was hot and he had this cooler of beer there with him and I made the comment of "man that looks mighty good about now" and he responded that a wise man had once given him a key piece of golf advice..."Practice like you play!" ... And he was. LOL!

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DON
Makes Sense to me.

I can not say that I have ever looked at practice session that way, as far as drinking beer or not. But it does make sense if you think about it.
Reminds me of a funny comedy routine I heard about 20 years ago. The comic came on stage acting quite "DRUNK". He than said that the reason most drivers have accidents when they drive drunk, is because they "Don't Practice" driving when they are drunk. For this reason he gets drunk and then goes out to "Practice" in that condition. I must admit it was pretty funny and it DID make sense in a weird way. NOT a good idea mind you but it does make sense in a way.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Still NOT happy with the eyes

It's been just over 3 months since my cataract surgery on my Left eye, and it's still NOT acting the way it should. I'm still taking a steroid drop a few times a day. I should have be done with the drops after 4 weeks, and it's been 13 weeks now. Still get headaches and my eye was rather RED Monday afternoon for no reason that I can figure. I'll be doing in to see the doctor again this afternoon to see if we can figure out WHY this is happening and WHAT we can do to solve the problem once and for all.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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good luck Don. i hope they

good luck Don. i hope they have some good ideas of what to do. we want you back on the course seeing those shots hitting the greens

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DON
I talked to my eye doctor and

I talked to my eye doctor and she wants me to see the surgeon the did the cataract work on my eyes. She is hoping the surgeon will have more experience on what is going on with my eye. When I posted that is has been 3 months since the cataract surgery, I was wrong, it's been FOUR months, not 3. So I now have an appointment to see the surgeon but it's not until Oct 27th, which is almost a month away. Seems that's the earliest opening he has, NOT real happy with the delay, but I still have an appointment with my eye doctor for Oct 8th, so we'll see how the eye is doing with going back on one more drug. So now I'm using two drugs, once a day of each in the left eye. Seems to be helping so far at least.

Don

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DON
Cost of eye drops TRIPLE what it was.

When I had my cataract surgery 4 months ago, I had to get eye drops that cost me $8 in co-pay. I've gotten re-fills 3 times for the same $8 cost. But yesterday and went to pick up the EXACT SAME bottle of drops, and they told me the cost would be $24. So I asked the question of WHY. What they told me was that before I was taking 3 drops a day, and now I would be taking 1 drop every other day. So the new bottle would "Last Longer", so now it had a "3 month supply rather than a 1 month supply, so my co-pay was 3 times as much. SAME little bottle, same drug, only 3 times the cost. Needless to say I was a little ticked off at the store and Medicare. So I had to call my eye doctor and have her call in a new order and tell them I would be using 2 drops a day rather than one every other day, and now the cost is back to what it was, $8 for a little bottle.

ONE more reason you do NOT want to get old and have to deal with MEDICARE and the government for your health care.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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WHAT????? because it lasts

WHAT????? because it lasts longer you have to pay MORE?????? JEEZ!!! that's insane.

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DON
Don't get OLD if you can help it.

YES it is insane. Complete nonsense if you ask me. The phamercy told me it was an issue with my Medicare provider, which is AARP. I believe they are the ones that wanted 3 times as much in the form of a Co-Pay amount. Could be Medicare at fault, but I was told it was AARP doing it. Either way it's insane. From what I've learned since going on Medicare, it's only going to get worse, Between Medicare and ObamaCare, we can all expect things to get much worse. I had to pay a Second Co-Pay for a Follow-up visit to my retina surgeon 2 weeks ago. because my follow-up visit was "Outside the Time Window". It was more then 90 days after my surgery, so it was outside the time frame, and Medicare says it's not covered. I bet you can't wait until you get old enough to have to deal with Medicare and the government.

Don

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