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Re: [IP] Ruth elowitz - cataracts



Hi Dr. Bender,

Thank you for responding.

Yes, the big problem will be the "who" to evaluate the problem.  I'm thinking of
trying to go see seomeone at UCSF or Standford, but we have new insurance HMO
starting on July 1 and I am not optimistic that approval will happen quickly.
(UCSF and Stanford are a long way away from our medical group in Berkeley/East
Bay -- of San Francisco).  Once I go back to work in the Fall, that will be very
difficult since I am commuting 75 each way north and have baby too.  So, I seem
to be running into lots of "who" to see problems.  The complicated part is what
would happen if they did the lens implants now and how that surgery would
interact with any subsequent retinopathy.

Well, I guess I will keep looking.

Thanks again,

Ruth

"Andrew Bender, M. D." wrote:

> The main problem is finding someone to evaluate your vision. If you had a
> cataract in one eye and correct the vision with a contact you don't get a
> lot of magnification but if you do it with glasses the image from the two
> eyes will not correspond in size so you may see double or have an annoying
> halo effect. Lasik is great if you are really nearsighted or astigmatic but
> how may Ophthalmologists do you know that had it done. My wife was very
> myopic and highly astigmatic. she had Lasik and finally, 9 months later she
> no longer is troubled with significant glare. Her near vision on the other
> hand is not good. She now can see 20/80 with no correction where before she
> was only able to see hand movements. I'd go see a low vision specialist. The
> lighthouse for the blind can accept a referral from your eye doctor and see
> you. They have optometrists and visual techs who are experienced at this
> sort of thing and very good at deciding what could be best for you. My wife
> saw Mark Speaker, M. D. at NY Eye and Ear. I see someone at Wills Eye here
> in Philadelphia. There is tremendous oversell on LASIK. People who are
> myopic to a minor degree are being pushed into having it despite normal
> vision with lenses or glasses.
> A. L. Bender, M. D.
> email @ redacted
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