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Timbuck
02-06-2017, 02:47 AM
My vision started getting a bit blurred after Xmas.. I thought it was due to me drinking too much over the festive season but the problem didn't go away.:(
I just got back from the Eye Clinic I had all sorts of lights and things shone into my eyeballs ..Then the Doc told me I have a cataract problem and it will get worse. so it looks as if i'll have to book in for some surgery if I want to keep on building...Old age Sucks :uhoh:

Rllink
02-06-2017, 03:02 AM
My vision started getting a bit blurred after Xmas.. I thought it was due to me drinking too much over the festive season but the problem didn't go away.:(
I just got back from the Eye Clinic I had all sorts of lights and things shone into my eyeballs ..Then the Doc told me I have a cataract problem and it will get worse. so it looks as if i'll have to book in for some surgery if I want to keep on building...Old age Sucks :uhoh:Yes it does. I used to have a pilot's licence and four years ago I was diagnosed with ocular migraines. There went my pilot's license. Actually I still have the license, I'm just not allowed to use it. It was probably a good thing that it was diagnosed though. I wouldn't have wanted to continue flying after they figured out what was happening with it. But flying was something that I had done my entire adult life, and it was tough to give it up.

Timbuck
02-06-2017, 03:47 AM
Ocular migraines...I get them as well..no pain or headaches just a colourful light display that lasts about 30 minutes.

Ukemakinmecrazy
02-06-2017, 03:51 AM
Ocular migraines...I get them as well..no pain or headaches just a colourful light display that lasts about 30 minutes.
I get those as well. And yes growing older does suck.

Rllink
02-06-2017, 03:57 AM
Ocular migraines...I get them as well..no pain or headaches just a colourful light display that lasts about 30 minutes.Exactly. I'd never even heard of them before I was diagnosed. With everything that comes with old age though, over all, things have been pretty good so far.

mikeyb2
02-06-2017, 04:28 AM
Ocular migraines...I get them as well..no pain or headaches just a colourful light display that lasts about 30 minutes.

me too. Seems we're not alone.

Barrytone
02-06-2017, 04:29 AM
Welcome to the old fogies club Ken. I'v been told to wait until the cataracts get worse as they tend to re-grow after a few years

JMort847
02-06-2017, 04:33 AM
It is a bummer to get old. I wear trifocals in the shop so I can see to run the table saw and up close. Fortunately, my progressive lens work for the uke, but I need to use my 10" table with zoom to see my music. Have avoided the other eye problems so far (knock wood)...

EDW
02-06-2017, 05:33 AM
..Old age Sucks :uhoh:

Although I prefer getting older to the alternative!!

Mutantmoose
02-06-2017, 01:29 PM
We have been fortunate to have very good double coverage for vision insurance, so last year I had a pair of safety glasses made with the prescription such that the distance is about the same as what I use when I'm using the band saw or a chisel. They have been great, very clear, and I actually wear the darn things, since I like being able to see. :)

Doc_J
02-06-2017, 02:02 PM
Well, on the positive side, replacement lenses will do a good job of correcting nearsightedness.
I'm looking forward to that.

Down Up Dick
02-06-2017, 06:13 PM
I also get ocular migrains, and i've just had my second cataract surgery. My distance vision is fine now, even without my glasses, but to see closeup stuff and read small print, i use a magnifying glass in addition to my reading glasses. No one mentioned dry eye. My watering eyes full of tears drive me nuts when i'm trying to read. I dunno why they call it dry eye.

And yes, i am one of you who think that old age sucks, and i've thought so for a long, long time. :old:

sequoia
02-06-2017, 07:23 PM
What you are seeing Ken are called "scintillating scotomas" and have nothing to do with cataracts. I've been getting these things for at least 30 years and then they go away quickly. The bright blue red green light things that look like a bad acid trip and last for about 20 minutes. I'm told they are due to a serotonin imbalance in the brain. I gotten used to them over the years and they don't bug me like they used to. Just get used to the idea that you can't read or work for about a half hour. Very bad to use a band saw when you can't see. The cataract thing however will have to be fixed and that is different... Yes, growing old sucks.

Think about this: We make ukuleles and then we make ukuleles badly and then we die. Hey, that's life... Must be a song in there somewhere.

spongeuke
02-06-2017, 08:13 PM
I didn't know that ocular migraines were that common. I've heard that herbal intake will keep cataracts away and could help endure the ocular trip.
I've enjoyed my very late maturity. The falling apart just gives me a reason to take it easy.

ksquine
02-07-2017, 06:23 AM
If Kamaka can make ukuleles with deaf builders.....you can probably manage with blurry vision

WhenDogsSing
02-07-2017, 07:32 AM
Ken, you might check into having your eye lenses surgically replaced. I had cataracts and my eye doctor replaced both of my eye lenses. They called it cataract surgery. They do one eye at a time with about a 10 day break in between surgeries. Since having it done, I am able to see again without corrective lenses except for close up work where I need reading glasses. It was truly a miracle to me, I had worn eyeglasses my entire life. My eyes had got to the point where it was difficult to see well at night when driving.

gnordenstam
02-07-2017, 09:07 AM
I recently had cataract surgery. My vision had deteriorated due to cataracts that I had to use glasses to drive at night. Although, even with glasses it was becoming an issue. I had mono-vision lasik 15 years ago (one eye corrected for distance, other eye left alone for reading) so that's what I opted for with the cataract surgery. The first lens replacement eye, my reading eye, went fantastic. I was very excited for the second surgery, and the very high probability that I would not need glasses. The second surgery did not go so well. I have had corneal inflammation and corneal swelling ever since (about two months now), which causes blurry vision, light flares, halos, etc. I was better off without having the second cataract removed. It's being treated and is expected to resolve, but it could take months. In the mean time, close up is find, distance is horrible. The majority of the time, cataract surgery is quick and effective. But there are possible complications. I fell into that very small percentage of complications. I'm not saying don't do it. I'm saying go into it with your eyes wide open (pun intended).

Timbuck
02-07-2017, 09:17 AM
I have read that if you have a lot of spare cash, you can get soft flexible lenses that work just like the original for far and near sight..lotto win needed i think :rolleyes:

Timbuck
02-28-2017, 03:21 AM
Well its been a few weeks since my eye test....and to be honest I have been pretending that my condition aint too bad and I can delay having surgery until later on (really I'm an old scaredycat) :uhoh: ..but the Doc phoned me this morning and told me I was booked in (gulp)..the date is not confirmed yet.

Kevs-the-name
02-28-2017, 04:32 AM
Hi Ken
I work in operating theatres, helping with anaesthetics (including eye theatres)
If you are having your cataracts sorted, once you have the 1st one done, you will wonder why you worried.
I have never had one done but I have seen a few hundred! (I even wrote an article on ophthalmic anaesthesia for the Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice)
The procedure to numb your eye is very quick, and lets go as far as to say it is 'weird': lots of drops etc.. but just go with it.
As for the actual cataract removal? you just have to lay still for around 15-20 mins while the procedure/operation is carried out. The outcome WILL BE amazing.
Best wishes...

PM me if you want any more advise.

Timbuck
02-28-2017, 06:27 AM
Hi Ken
I work in operating theatres, helping with anaesthetics (including eye theatres)
If you are having your cataracts sorted, once you have the 1st one done, you will wonder why you worried.
I have never had one done but I have seen a few hundred! (I even wrote an article on ophthalmic anaesthesia for the Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice)
The procedure to numb your eye is very quick, and lets go as far as to say it is 'weird': lots of drops etc.. but just go with it.
As for the actual cataract removal? you just have to lay still for around 15-20 mins while the procedure/operation is carried out. The outcome WILL BE amazing.
Best wishes...

PM me if you want any more advise.
Thanks for your reassurance Kev ....I'm off back to the chicken coop :D

Titchtheclown
02-28-2017, 09:18 AM
My Mum just had hers done a week ago and apart from looking like she just got punched in the face for a day or two she is telling anyone who will listen how she can now see better with her bad eye than she can with her good eye.
Hope everything goes as well for you.

Rrgramps
02-28-2017, 12:03 PM
I had mine done a few years ago, and am sure glad I did it. It's a short, painless procedure. I was awake the whole time, and could see the inspection lights with the affected eye while the doctor is working. It's astonishing when they swap in the new lens. Better then Wizard of Oz when it shifts to technicolor. That was for a short peek, then an eye patch for the rest of the day. Maybe it's a different process now, but it wasn't bad then.

Doug
03-01-2017, 09:38 AM
I had it done in one eye in early 2016. Nobody likes to have surgery, but as surgery goes, it wasn't bad at all. No eye patch or pain, but plenty of eye drops for a month. No fear at all when the other one needs to be done. The only unnerving thing was the eye surgeon looked like a college kid.

Timbuck
03-10-2017, 05:36 AM
Just got back from the eye clinic..didn't get the opp done but I met the surgeon and he checked me out and told me he would do the job in six weeks time co's he's busy.
But first I have to go back at the end of this month to get some measurments done....He also told me that my other eye was on the way out as well.

Rock on :rock:

Timbuck
04-05-2017, 11:05 PM
While feeling at a loose end..and with not a lot to occupy my mind..I decided to go in the workshop and fit a bridge to a 17 fret soprano..what a struggle it turned out to be ..The right eye all blury and the left in mono vision with no idea of 3 dimensions but I finaly managed it ..the hardest part was scraping away the FP up to the scored lines..but with the bad eye closed and the other peering through the headvisor lense and taking it steady scraping one small area at a time in the end I got it all neatly scraped down to the wood...Then I applied glue to the bridge and it slipped out of my fingers onto the floor "glue side down of course":( picking up all sorts of grit and dust..so I had to clean it all off and start again..In the end I got the bridge on and clamped down..I'm now back in the house trying to steady myself after the ordeal with a nice fresh made pot of tea.;)
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Fuzzbass
04-06-2017, 04:05 AM
I've had cataract surgery, and my dad has had both eyes done in the last month, problem free. The surgery was really fast, in and out in a morning, and a months course of eyedrops. My eyes ten years on have never been better, and from the looks of my dads procedures, the surgery technology has moved on phenomenally. Look after your eyes, it's only when you loose them you realise how precious they are x

PhilUSAFRet
04-06-2017, 05:36 PM
I had new lenses installed a few years ago which facilitated the need for reading glasses. I don't really need protection glasses beyond the plastic ones used in reading glasses. . I just ordered some 4x reading glasses to use instead of buying one of the larger, heavier magnifying glasses for nut filing, small chisel work, cleaning up rough edges, etc., etc. My 2.5x models tell me they'll work great.

Timbuck
04-20-2017, 02:21 AM
It's now 24 hours since I had the operation ...and already I can see better than I could a week ago.

A couple of bandsaw blades I ordered have arrived this morning ready to slice up some Cuban Mahogany I bought last year and I'm getting the gear together to start building sopranos again as soon as I feel able.:D

orangeena
04-20-2017, 03:38 AM
Great news for you and us.
Max

PhilUSAFRet
04-20-2017, 03:47 AM
The great thing about getting older is that it's vastly superior to not getting older.

resoman
04-20-2017, 05:05 AM
Yaaaay, that's good news!!

Rrgramps
04-20-2017, 06:09 AM
It's now 24 hours since I had the operation ...and already I can see better than I could a week ago.
:D

Good for you. Maybe you'll have better distance viewing than you've had in years.

Sven
04-20-2017, 01:58 PM
Cam"t reD this thred well, Who postrd about eue problrms?

Steveperrywriter
04-21-2017, 09:52 PM
Saw my eye doc today, got the heads-up -- when it gets a little worse, cataract surgery for me, too. And those opthalmic light shows? Been getting a few of these every year for the last decade, too. First time it happened, the doctor said, sit back and enjoy the colors -- harmless by itself, and they can't do anything about it anyhow. At least with the cloudy lenses, they can fix 'em.

Kevs-the-name
04-22-2017, 05:11 AM
I'm glad to read that you have had your eye/s sorted.
I hope everything was as myself and a few others explained.

You won't look back (pun intended!)
Best wishes
Kev

unrealdark
04-23-2017, 12:35 AM
Great. Get well soon.
:rolleyes:



It's now 24 hours since I had the operation ...and already I can see better than I could a week ago.

A couple of bandsaw blades I ordered have arrived this morning ready to slice up some Cuban Mahogany I bought last year and I'm getting the gear together to start building sopranos again as soon as I feel able.:D

Timbuck
04-23-2017, 03:37 AM
Getting back to building today after a long break ... I got out some African Mahogany sides I sanded down to thickness weeks ago and heated up the bender ..Commenced bending ...when I took them out I noticed they had wrinkles in the waist:( so they were broken up and scrapped..I did the next set on the hot pipe hand bending, still more wrinkles :(..so I scrapped the whole batch about 6 sets:mad:...next I got out some Sapele sides and started to bend these, I was confident they would bend ok without wrinkles and they were ok apart from a lump of masking tape that had fallen inside the bending cauls and resulted in one of the sides having a large defect imprint that wont steam out..I didn't know that making a soprano uke could be this difficult :wallbash: I have now retired to the house and I'm having a pot of tea before I start again.

Timbuck
04-23-2017, 05:10 AM
After cracking a couple more sides I finaly got myself sorted out and produced two sets that i'm happy with, here they are holding shape in the stick machine...It's a good job I didn't start with the 4 Koa sets Ive been saving.;)
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Pete Howlett
04-23-2017, 05:31 AM
I've had a run of cracking sides recently...

buddhuu
04-23-2017, 08:13 AM
I'm closing this at Ken's request, as his eyesight is now restored to good order. (Very glad to hear it!)