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Offline bear60

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Cararact Surgery
« on: October 02, 2011, 02:08:29 PM »
My partner Kurt is having cataract surgery later this month. (At 54 years old.)
 He does not see very well now and is looking forward to being able to see without glasses. 
 I hope that will be the case.
Anyone had this proceedure done?
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 02:20:10 PM »
He Joel, hope it goes well for Kurt :)
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 03:17:50 PM »
I haven't had the surgery; but my aunt, uncle, grandmother, 3 family friends, my mom and her husband all have - and they all see much better now. Some of them have even gotten rid of the glasses that they were wearing; while others have changed their prescriptions to less or lost bifocals, etc.

Since I've been livng at my Mom's, she and her husband have had theirs done (just a few months ago in fact). They had one eye done at a time. That day they came home and rested. They had a patch on their eye for a day or two. They weren't allowed to bend over far or lift heavy objects; and had to put drops in their eyes (frequently) for a bunch of days. Neither had hardly any pain whatsoever; it was just irritating to have to deal with the patch, the drops and the restrictions. Probably within a week, their lives were back to normal - except they could SEE!.

Best wishes to Kurt for getting some good eyesight back. ;D

oh, BTW, while it was cataract surgery somewhere around the house I have the video of the laser eye surgery Jim had done. It's creepy good fun watching them slice his cornea, flip it back and zap the laser into his eye. It took 15 mins to do both eyes. As I drove us home, I got kinda fed up with him saying, "I can read that sign! And I can read that sign!" ad nauseam. LOL I never realized until then how blind he must have been. LOL
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2011, 04:11:10 PM »
Yes, you really have to follow those post-surgery instructions. It was a long time ago in the early 90's but my grandmother, now deceased, didn't fully follow whatever instructions they were (or so we suspected... of course she wouldn't admit it) and it was a less than good experience, though for the life of me I can't recall exactly what happened. I think maybe her feet and ankles swelled up due to some water retention issue but I'm really fuzzy.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2011, 11:01:28 PM »
Hey Joel,

  I had cataract surgery in 2002 for a congenital cataract. the surgery was pretty easy except I woke up in the middle of it feeling them tugging at my eye. they found fetal structures (arteries) in my eye that had not been re-absorbed. so the 15 minute surgery ended up being 3 hours long.

it really didn't do anything to improve my eye sight and I'm still legally blind in that eye.


What you might notice when he's done his surgery is that he has a twinkle in his eye due to the artificial lens.

he should be fine  :)


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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 10:08:29 AM »
Thanks guys. The twinkle in the eye sounds interesting.  Now those hairy men will think he's flirting. 
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011, 01:01:15 AM »


I've never had to have this done, but I know plenty that have.  Most of the comments I've noticed from those that had this surgery, is how clear and bright everything is afterwards.

Also, colors come back very nicely !!


Good luck to Kurt

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2011, 08:33:34 PM »
Hey Joel,

My mother had it done a few years ago. She is in the 80s and is reading the paper without eyeglasses today.

I am sure Kurt will be find, twinkle and all! ;)

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2011, 04:13:26 AM »
Never had any experience with this, just wanted to wish Kurt good luck!
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Offline bear60

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2011, 01:44:06 PM »
Kurt really deserves this....as his eyesight has deteriorated over the last few years.
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Offline Theyer

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2011, 02:19:00 PM »
My Mother was "over-the-moon " her term when she had it done.

My term was high as a f88688g kite.
love mhtv
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2011, 04:03:01 PM »
Mom had her cataracts done this past summer and she has no need for glasses any more.

It was done in about three hours and she was still alert and active and she's 72.

She was a tiny bit light headed and I was worse than a mothering hen, yet when we got to the truck I leaned down to sort of pick her up and ...

there was only air....she had already grabbed the grip handle over the door and pulled herself up and in...reminded me of a monkey...
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline bear60

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2011, 02:59:59 PM »
Interesting development:
Seems there is a convention of Optomologists in town that week and (since Kurt has really strange eyes) they have offered to pay all expenses if he will be willing to be a demonstration surgery....get filmed etc poked and prodded.
He agreed.
Conversation this AM:
Me: Hon the shower stall needs scrubbing out.  Will you to do it? (Since I scrubbed the bathroom floor yesterday.)
Kurt: You know I cant see to do it. ( meaning he cant see the dirt.)

Note: This is removal and replacement of the lens.  Not just a laser proceedure.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2011, 06:06:40 PM »
Interesting development:
Seems there is a convention of Optomologists in town that week and (since Kurt has really strange eyes) they have offered to pay all expenses if he will be willing to be a demonstration surgery....get filmed etc poked and prodded.
He agreed.
...
Note: This is removal and replacement of the lens.  Not just a laser proceedure.
Wow & Kewl!  ;D
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2011, 10:14:22 PM »

Note: This is removal and replacement of the lens.  Not just a laser proceedure.


Hello Joel,

Yes they can't laser that.  He will have brand new lenses put in when they dissolve the old ones, and remove it.   Ed said some kind of probe is placed in there to dissolve the old lens.

  I was just asking Ed about. This is the kind of work he was involved in before he retired.

Ed also said that after this probe is inserted to dissolve and remove the old lens, The new lens is placed in.  He also said that it's done much differently today, than it was  years ago.

The incision is so small, that it will heal quite quickly as compared to years ago. Years ago, they had to make larger incisions which required suchures, and a longer healing time. No sutures are required.

LOL...  I should just have Ed type this info for you, he can explain it better.

Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline edfu

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2011, 04:38:43 AM »
Not to worry.  It's not a big deal.  I've had both eyes done, separately, in 2001 and 2008, by two different eye surgeons and in two different hospitals. 

The worst aspects: 

*They don't anesthetize you so you're completely unconscious---just a "twilight" sort of thing, so you will be aware, possibly, while they destroy the old lens and insert the new one, and you can hear them.   They do tape the eye in question so it remains open.  There is absolutely no pain during this.  There are no pain receptors in the eyeball where this is done. 

*The large bandage that covers the eye after the procedure for a few days, and after it's removed, you do have to administer Rx eye drops fairly regularly.     

Good luck.       
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Offline rondrond

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2011, 06:58:17 AM »
Interesting development:
Seems there is a convention of Optomologists in town that week and (since Kurt has really strange eyes) they have offered to pay all expenses if he will be willing to be a demonstration surgery....get filmed etc poked and prodded.
He agreed.
Conversation this AM:
Me: Hon the shower stall needs scrubbing out.  Will you to do it? (Since I scrubbed the bathroom floor yesterday.)
Kurt: You know I cant see to do it. ( meaning he cant see the dirt.)

Note: This is removal and replacement of the lens.  Not just a laser proceedure.

I believe him....one of the things Mom did was start cleaning her house as she remarked..

"Where did all this dirt come from?"
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2011, 05:59:13 PM »


 you do have to administer Rx eye drops fairly regularly.    

Good luck.      

These eye drops are usually  anti-inflammatory.  And are used to promote healing.
Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 12:34:28 PM »
Hey Joel

Has he had the surgery yet?  If so, how's he doing?

I had eye surgery in 2004 or 2005, a 'partial vitrectomy' on my rt. eye, where they remove some of the 'gel' that is inside the eyeball (I had a tremendous floater that was obstructing my field of vision and making me crazy)  They told me that this surgery would probably cause a cataract; it did, and I had it removed in 2007.  There was really not much to it.   I had a 'distance' lens implanted, and can see to drive pretty well without any glasses; my left eye has a cataract forming, but not quite time to remove it yet; will have it done as soon as I can!  I think I'll have an 'up close' lens implanted in my left, so it'll be like monovision contacts...one sees up close, one sees at a distance.
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Offline bear60

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2011, 12:41:07 PM »
hey y'all
Kurts surgery is this Saturday the 22nd.  Thats the first eye.  Second eye will be coming up soon. 
I'll let you know how he is doing.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2011, 05:43:18 PM »
Hey Joel

 I think I'll have an 'up close' lens implanted in my left, so it'll be like monovision contacts...one sees up close, one sees at a distance.

Hi Alan,

Have you ever tried those monovision contacts?  I tried those contact lenses ,( probably about 10 years ago,) , and had a heck of a time trying to adjust to them,  :P  I went back to my progressive pair of glasses.


Ray
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Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2011, 09:27:01 PM »
Hi Joel,

I never had the surgery although my grandmother did several years ago when she was 99 years old.  She's  105 now see's great.  Best of luck to Kurt!

AA
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Offline Theyer

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2011, 06:32:43 AM »
I believe him....one of the things Mom did was start cleaning her house as she remarked..

"Where did all this dirt come from?"


oh God I forgot that particlar nightmare
t
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2011, 09:14:01 AM »
Kurt had the first eye done today...this morning.  It was very out patient....and very early!!!!!!  We had to be at the location at 6AM.
Prognosis good.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2011, 09:34:08 AM »
Congrats on the good prognosis . I sure wish a convention of eye docs would do that surgery for me for free , what luck .   

I wanted to have the laser surgery but I'm not a candidate for it so my only other option was the one where they put a lens in and I couldn't afford that . I'm typing this with my contacts in and glasses on top to see up close , would love to see again without all the gear LOL .   

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2011, 10:14:53 AM »
jg:
Sounds like you and Kurt have the same problem.
But in Kutrts case he now has 20/20 vision in the eye that was operated on yesterday. Its truly amazing. We went back today (Sunday) to see the Dr. and Kurt was told that he has nearly 20/20 in that eye.  He now has to schedule the other one.
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« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2011, 11:29:21 AM »
jg:
Sounds like you and Kurt have the same problem.
But in Kutrts case he now has 20/20 vision in the eye that was operated on yesterday.

I bet he is happy about that ! . I consulted with 3 different lasik company's and they all told me my cornea's were too steep for the surgery and also made a big deal about me being poz . The last doctor whom I was referred to begged me not to continue looking for surgery because I would eventually find someone to do it justfor the money and ruin my eyes . Its been awhile but I think he said the surgery to insert lenses was around $ 8.000.00 so I just gave up the dream of perfect vision without gear at that point . 
 

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2011, 11:36:27 AM »
in Kutrts case he now has 20/20 vision in the eye that was operated on yesterday. Its truly amazing. We went back today (Sunday) to see the Dr. and Kurt was told that he has nearly 20/20 in that eye.  He now has to schedule the other one.
woohoo! that's good news to hear  ;)
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2011, 11:41:17 AM »
WOW Joel, Kurt has 20/20 vision @ 54 yrs. old, that's Great news  :)
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #29 on: October 23, 2011, 12:45:03 PM »
Joel,
Great news about Kurt. Just wanted to wish you and him well during all of this!
Jeff
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #30 on: October 23, 2011, 12:46:53 PM »
That is fabulous news...

uhh..

what will you do if after his second procedure he looks at you and ..

"who are you?"  (he has been looking at you through different eyes) :D
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #31 on: October 23, 2011, 05:15:12 PM »
jg
Kurt has Medicare and Blue Cross 65...because he is on disability.  His co pay was not very steep.  I dont remember if HIV was an issue here but I dont think so.  We have Wills Eye Hospital here in Philadelphia, its one of the best.
If you want...I'll IM you our phone #and you can talk to him.

Joel
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2011, 05:38:30 PM »
Hey Joel,

Congratulations on Kurt's great results and progress.

HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2011, 06:12:51 PM »


That's great news Joel !! And Ed agrees, Will Institute is one of the finest, and very prestigious.

Ray  8)
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2011, 11:45:32 AM »
jg
Kurt has Medicare and Blue Cross 65...because he is on disability.  His co pay was not very steep.  I dont remember if HIV was an issue here but I dont think so.  We have Wills Eye Hospital here in Philadelphia, its one of the best.
If you want...I'll IM you our phone #and you can talk to him.

Joel

Would HIV be an because of the disease and low immunity or from stigma?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2011, 12:46:17 PM »
Ron
As  I understand it.....in cataract surgery there are no blood vessels involved. 
Now.....CMV Retinitis is an opportunistic infection but does not involve the lens in the eye (where cataracts form).  CMV is in the retina in the back of the eye,.
So....HIV as a disease should not enter into the decision to have cataract surgery  . Stigma is the main thing I guess.  Its certainly more problematical going to the dentist, because there is a lot of blood involved.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2011, 03:51:58 PM »
jg
Kurt has Medicare and Blue Cross 65...because he is on disability.  His co pay was not very steep.  I dont remember if HIV was an issue here but I dont think so.  We have Wills Eye Hospital here in Philadelphia, its one of the best.
If you want...I'll IM you our phone #and you can talk to him.

Joel

I do appreciate the offer but I wouldn't qualify even with my medicare coverage because me wanting surgery was elective and not medically necessary like in Kurt's case .  

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #37 on: October 24, 2011, 05:11:52 PM »
'elective' vs 'medical necessity'

....is this one of those Welcome to the World of Medicare things I need to encounter to find out about?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #38 on: October 24, 2011, 05:19:20 PM »
'elective' vs 'medical necessity'

....is this one of those Welcome to the World of Medicare things I need to encounter to find out about?


I wanted the surgery to see better without contacts lenses or for cosmetic reasons . If I had cataracts medicare would then pay for the procedure after it was deemed medically necessary .   

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #39 on: October 24, 2011, 05:23:53 PM »
Jeff, you are having to use glasses over contacts to see. How blind do you have to get before they deem it medically necessary?

...this is going to depend on how persuasive your doctor is?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #40 on: October 25, 2011, 09:37:46 AM »
Hey Joel, glad to hear Kurt's surgery went well.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #41 on: October 25, 2011, 03:36:53 PM »
Is there a date for the other procedure yet?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #42 on: October 25, 2011, 10:51:05 PM »
So glad his first procedure went well and hope the second goes just as smoothly.
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2011, 12:20:42 PM »
Ron
Nov 9 is the next procedure.
He cant wait.  Having one eye that sees without glasses and the other that does not is a little bothersome for him.

Joel
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #44 on: October 27, 2011, 12:59:04 AM »
Nov 9 isn't too bad...at least it isn't the usual three months I've frown accustomed to...


..probably an eternity for Kurt though...I wonder if he wore a pirates eye patch if it would help?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #45 on: October 27, 2011, 02:51:13 PM »
Ron
Funny you mention a pirates patch, cause I have on various occasions and he refuses...no way.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #46 on: October 27, 2011, 09:12:15 PM »
Reasons to wear an eye patch:

*http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_pirates_wear_a_patch_over_one_eye:
you have instant night vision in the covered eye when you go into a dark room

*it protects your eye from the direct sun

*Makes a good Halloween costume

dashing. macho....



handsome....



y'sll could role play: he could be the pirate and you could be.....

arrrggghhh......
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #47 on: October 28, 2011, 02:15:32 AM »
I dont remember if HIV was an issue here but I dont think so. 

Just reported:  HIV associated with an increased need for cataract surgery:

http://aidsmap.com/HIV-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-cataract-surgery/page/2107501/?ic=700100
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2011, 11:11:21 AM »
I am not suprised.
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Re: Cararact Surgery
« Reply #49 on: October 29, 2011, 02:34:32 PM »
Glad its gone so well.
mhtv
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