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#1 chrisg

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:01 PM

Hmm,

 

A bit of a backstory - I had both my cataracts fixed end of last year/beginning of this, very successful but not quite 100% vision restoration so still need glasses but just single focus, two sets, one for close work, one for distance.

 

Delights of getting old. :)

 

Having moved house I went to a different optician, the one whose initial are SS.

 

Biggest surprise I've had in several years of eye treatments now. They did a very thorough eye test, agreed I didn't need much and multi-focals would be a waste of money, just new frames and new lenses.

 

Then came the biggest surprise - I'm used to paying silly amounts for frames that never last but after picking them out and passing over my Healthcare card the total bill came to $39...

 

Picking them up on the 30th - can't wait, struggling with generics at the moment and not driving until I get them, sort of doctor's orders. That's ok, sharing with a couple of guys one of whom is happy to run small errands in his car.

 

Now I have to go back once I get them and get a flight med update for re-certification, but pretty sure that will be fine, a lot of older pilots wear glasses and the distance pair are perfectly ok for the job in the types I typically fly - far enough from the instruments to be able to read them fine.

 

I think I've being going to the wrong opticians for years... Will certainly be going back to these guys :)

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:36 PM


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#3 aliali

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

Hmm,

 

A bit of a backstory - I had both my cataracts fixed end of last year/beginning of this, very successful but not quite 100% vision restoration so still need glasses but just single focus, two sets, one for close work, one for distance.

 

Delights of getting old. :)

 

Having moved house I went to a different optician, the one whose initial are SS.

 


 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

Mum gave up on them as the frames fell apart rather quickly, however my brother seems to get along fine with them.


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#4 Rybags

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 03:21 PM

I've got to also go to SS for the diabetes related test.  I had the simple photo one and it shows minor rogue blood vessel activity but nothing to worry about yet.

 

As for eyesight in general - it's getting a bit shitty in less than ideal light.  The old Athlon XP labels on the CPU were a good test, I can barely see them now.

Another IT related test is reading the router details from the label on the back to get stuff like wifi default password, IP address etc.  In most cases I can barely make that out.



#5 JediKnight

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 03:40 PM

Hmm,

 

A bit of a backstory - I had both my cataracts fixed end of last year/beginning of this, very successful but not quite 100% vision restoration so still need glasses but just single focus, two sets, one for close work, one for distance.

 

Delights of getting old. :)

 

Having moved house I went to a different optician, the one whose initial are SS.

 

 

I have cataracts as well, and mine are hopefully getting done in June. Same situation as you, but I also have a 2 degree misalignment with my left eye due to a former bout of Diplopia (double vision) which needs to be corrected with a prism in my glasses. 

However, I may also be able to get my astigmatism corrected, which may completely change my vision altogether. Fun times ahead I think ... 

For most people surgery gives back 90-95% of vision. I have not heard of anyone getting 100% back. Although there may be cases.

 

Hope you get re-certified. 

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#6 Jeruselem

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:08 PM

Mum had cataracts removed via laser surgery but that didn't remove the need for glasses.


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#7 chrisg

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:24 PM

Yeah mine was laser, quick and painless, 90/95% sounds about right.

 

Funny thing Jedi, I had astigmatism as a kid but in typical me fashion refused to wear glasses, get an eye-test for flying a few years later and back to no astigmatism and better than 20/20. There is some sort of glasses dependency factor apparently. Without my stubbornness I doubt I'd ever have passed a flight med :)

 

I had a chat to my flight surgeon this am - medical world is interesting sometimes, he was able to get hold of my tests from last week and the scripts on the way and in one sentence said "You'll be fine :) "

 

So I can relax on that one :)

 

Message passed to Middy mate, he's busy moving in, but will get to it :)

 

Cheers


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#8 JediKnight

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:37 PM

Yeah mine was laser, quick and painless, 90/95% sounds about right.

 

I'm getting phacoemulsification surgery, where they make tiny incisions (no need for stitches), use ultrasound to shatter the lens, gently suck it out, then they insert a IntraOcular foldable lens, and all (hopefully) will be hunky-dorey :)

 

God, I can't wait to see clearly again ... 


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:12 AM

For anyone without Healthcare, I can vouch for EyeBuyDirect.

Glasses that cost $600 locally, come to about $150 delievered.

They have (and honor) their 'fit guarantee', and I've had 4 out of 7 pairs I've ordered checked locally on their Machine ™ and they always come up perfectly what I ordered (so, lab is good!)

 

Only down side would be that the lens does start to yellow EVER SO SLIGHTLY after year 3.

But at that price, I was happy to retire them to the 'spare pair' drawer and order another pair.

 

Since I went to the thicker lens material, it hasn't happened again (thicker lens has LESS light distortion, go figure).


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#10 Jeruselem

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:46 AM

I should really use my healthcare to get glasses.


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