Eye surgery

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by Katamarino, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Katamarino

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    One of my buddies here in Iraq has a PPL (out of currency) and is keen to get back into it. He's about to have surgery on one eye to have a cataract removed, and a lens replaced. Obviously this will have to be reported when he goes to get his medical, but should he expect it to be a big deal, or just a run of the mill thing?

    I told him to keep full records of everything in case the FAA wants to see them, and also told him about Dr Bruce.
     
  2. PaulS

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    He should investigate before surgery, don't know the details, but lens choice can be important to medical. Sometimes docs suggest one eye for close and one for distance, bad news for medical, I think. Contact Dr Bruce for details, again, my advice above worth what you paid for it.
     
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    The Federal Aviation Administration: protecting pilots from advances in medical science since 1958.
     
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    Want to "watch" this thread to "See" where it goes.....
     
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    I had cataract surgery on both eyes, reported it, and received my class III medical with no problem. Included was a note from the surgeon saying surgery successful, no complications, no further visits (or some such language.)
     
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    I just had a lens replacement in the left eye. You have choices to make on correcting vision for distance or near vision. They also offer a hybrid lens that compromises between near and close up vision - but neither are fully corrected. I had distance correction along with astigmatism correction. I have 20/20 vision in that left eye after surgery. There is an FAA form that you take to your eye doctor after surgery to fill out. If the cataracts are bothering him - he will be amazed how clear everything is after surgery.
     
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    I've noticed that colors are much more vivid without the yellowish cast that my cataracts gave everything. I didn't even notice it until after I had the first eye done.
     
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    My mother picked out all the countertops and stuff for her new kitchen before she had the cataracts removed - everything was a light pink, which was odd, because she was not a big fan of pink, but, well, that's what she wanted.
    After the surgery she came home and was less than happy to learn that she had a pink kitchen...
     
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    That's funny, and close to home!
    My father bought a used 1959 Yellow Lincoln Continental when I was a kid. He got it home, took off his yellow glasses,"he called them "happy glasses," And found it Continental PINK!
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    My surgeon said that all people get cataracts if they live long enough.
     
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    That car would go perfectly with my parents bathroom fixtures. From the same era.

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    This this this!!!! Don't do the mono vision thing.
     
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    Thanks all, he's sat with me and read through this. Good guidance!
     
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    Investigate the surgeon I had a buddy whose surgery went bad losing his flying privileges
     
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    I had cataract surgery on both eyes, reported it, and received my class III medical with no problem. Included was a note from the surgeon saying surgery successful, no complications, no further visits (or some such language.)

    My experience was the same
     
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    i had both eyes done within two weeks of each other, went with having distance vision corrected and needing cheaters for reading. doc filled out FAA form on second follow up and had 1st class issued without question.

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    I find this helps.....