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This is a discussion on Cataract Surgery within the Gun Stories forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by PAShooter I just went through cataract surgery 8 weeks ago, both eyes done. I now have 20/20 vision at a distance and ...


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Old April 4th, 2019, 04:25 AM   #31
 
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I just went through cataract surgery 8 weeks ago, both eyes done. I now have 20/20 vision at a distance and use + 2.5 for reading. Your eyes may improve from 20/25 as my eyes did. My surgeon said that improvement sometimes continues for a year with the healing process. Yes, there is an implant that will correct reading, middle and far distance. This was an option for me for another $2500. I am under Medicare and my surgery/implant was covered and I opted out for the "special" lens and extra cost, I am happy with the results. Try a peep sight for your shooting of rifles I have had good results
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About 5-weeks after cataract surgery, I now have 20/20 distance vision, and require +2.5 reading glasses!! I got tired of the putting on and taking off the reading glasses, so I got a pair of glasses with clear glass and a no-line bifocal, with works well for me!

Now ..... my eye surgeon told me that I'd have a bit of a struggle at the range, as a result of cataract surgery. He said I'd be constantly looking up and down, from sights to target, i.e, if the sights were in vision, the target would not be, and visa-versa!! He was exactly RIGHT

This "old age" glitch has taken some of my drive away, in regards to going to the range weekly, as my accuracy is far from what it use to be!

Where did the quote come from: "These are the Golden years"?? I'm like an old pickup truck, you fix something, for something else to break!!



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About 5-weeks after cataract surgery, I now have 20/20 distance vision, and require +2.5 reading glasses!! I got tired of the putting on and taking off the reading glasses, so I got a pair of glasses with clear glass and a no-line bifocal, with works well for me!

Now ..... my eye surgeon told me that I'd have a bit of a struggle at the range, as a result of cataract surgery. He said I'd be constantly looking up and down, from sights to target, i.e, if the sights were in vision, the target would not be, and visa-versa!! He was exactly RIGHT

This "old age" glitch has taken some of my drive away, in regards to going to the range weekly, as my accuracy is far from what it use to be!

Where did the quote come from: "These are the Golden years"?? I'm like an old pickup truck, you fix something, for something else to break!!
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On long guns I do not want to go to scopes as they can get out of adjustment of break, so I prefer the ole "iron sights".
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On long guns I do not want to go to scopes as they can get out of adjustment of break, so I prefer the ole "iron sights".
i have the same problem. I use a diopter on my glasses. Solves the out of focus issues.
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I prefer scopes on long guns because everything is in one focal plane. At 71 trying to make iron sights on a long gun work is not fair to the animals I am hunting. I confirm zero every year on hunting long guns I will be using and never had an issue with it getting knocked off zero. I don't have a long gun that isn't scoped including muzzleloaders.

As to cataracts I am still in the early stage on their development. Figure if/when they are done I will get the lenses for best distance vision (which on a good day I could test 20-10 and 20-15 everyday throughout my life) and correct for close work. I have worn no line bifocals for 30 years so no real change.
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Had mine done a year ago end of August & first of September and it was the best thing I ever did. I could only afford the single lens, but it worked out great. With my computer about 20" away I can read every thing without correction. Also I can focus on the front sight of my revolvers without blur. I finally got to the gun range and honestly I've never shot that well my whole life. The only time I need glasses is for fine print on RX bottles.
Those Rx bottles are a challenge. My surgery is in June & I can only afford the single lens but right now the front sight of my mini 14 is a largely theoretical blur. So I think my issue answers itself. Glad yours worked out.
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The VA did my cataract surgeries and will only use the simplest lenses (OK with me), not the expensive ones you hear about today.

I got a distance lens in one eye and mid-range in the other. Works very well for me and my vision is now better than it has been since I was 10.
With that combination everything from about arms-length and farther is in focus. When at home I don't need glasses at all unless I'm reading and I have bifocals for that.
Sights on pistols are usable and high-vis dots really help but the rear sight on a rifle is fuzzy. I have scopes on all my rifles anyway.

Anyone who hasn't used scopes before can get a red dot or something like a 1-4x and try it out. They (the better brands, not the cheapest ones) are incredibly rugged and I think allow faster first shots. You don't have to think about it; just pull up the rifle and shoot.
I can't imagine not using a scope today. You can better identify your target (I hope that every hunter in my woods has a scope) and they even extend hunting hours into the lower light periods early and late.
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OK ....... get my last cataract removed in 2-days. Long story short, I opted for the Toric-lens and for distance sight. In short Ill need glasses to read!!

The 1st eye repaired a few weeks ago is great, with 20/25 vision, but pistol sights and iron sights on my rifle are blurred!

I'm thinking what I need to shoot again is lenses with "plain-glass" for distance and a no line bifocal for near sight??

Any of you folks crossed this path yet??
What you need you can find at amazon, shooting glasses with the bifocal on top, you just need to get your eye doctor to tell you what power. ( I use a 1.0 by tipping my head down (Instead of up like for bifocals) you can see the sights clearly and the target in the distance. just my 2 cents, but it works for me.
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OK ....... get my last cataract removed in 2-days. Long story short, I opted for the Toric-lens and for distance sight. In short Ill need glasses to read!!

The 1st eye repaired a few weeks ago is great, with 20/25 vision, but pistol sights and iron sights on my rifle are blurred!

I'm thinking what I need to shoot again is lenses with "plain-glass" for distance and a no line bifocal for near sight??

Any of you folks crossed this path yet??
I'm wearing tri focals glasses , can see scope and red dot sights. Iron sights are fuzzy . A wide rear notch works best. Fiber optics help also.
Seems like now days I shoot from where I think the sights are...actually can do pretty good that way .
No substitute for youthful eye's with anything close to 20/20 vision.
Getting old sucks...getting old and going blind sucks rocks .
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