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Skiing After Cataract Surgery

post #1 of 16
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Anyone care to share their experience as to skiing after cataract surgery? I'm going in next month to have this done on my right eye. Should I expect this to have an effect on my skiing or any other activities?
post #2 of 16
My wife has had cataracts removed from both eyes this summer. She's gone from bifocals to occasional reading glasses use after wearing glasses for 60 years. She's looking forward to skiing without glasses this winter. I'll probably have to buy her some new sleek, stylish goggles to replace her OTGs.
post #3 of 16

I had catarct surgery in my left eye (the right eye is not worth surgery) a few years ago.  All it did for me was improve the hell outta my vision.  Went from being really near sighted to almost normal vision on the left side.   Regrets?  Yeah, why did I worry about the surgery and could I have had it done sooner?  Don't need prescription inserts in my goggles now.

 

Hope it works as well for you.

post #4 of 16
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Thanks-this helps put my mind at ease.
Edited by Coach13 - 8/15/15 at 10:36am
post #5 of 16
I had my the cataract in my right eye removed around Thanksgiving this past year, after two weeks was able to get my first turns of the year on the slopes. The implanted lense corrected my myopia, I needed reading glasses though for small print (like my iPhone).

There were some delays in getting my left eye done (including a recurrence of my diabetic retinopathy, which happened on my first day at Jackson at the Gathering, and my left eye was pretty useless and even disorienting the rest of the trip, including driving back to Seattle). Once that settled down I had the second cataract surgery in March, with an even greater improvement in distance vision than the right eye. 20/20 left and 20/25 right.

Not much skiing left at that point but still got a few days in at Crystal and a mid May trip to Sunshine Village. Much better visibility skiing.

I now longer use contact lenses. I have bifocals I mostly use for reading. Things seem much brighter, colors much more intense, and night vision is much better.

Hope this helps.
post #6 of 16
i had corrective lenses inserted and for the first time since I was 5 functioned without glasses. My left eye went from 20/400 to 20/20 and the right from 20/400 to about 20/100. For reading and close work it's a pain, have to wear readers and still not good but for general life it's pretty good. For skiing it's a great deal better especially in flat light. Not perfect but in flat light I was skiing by feel, from advance skier to beginner because I couldn't pick up details in off piste areas. Groomers and powder you just had to trust that it was smooth and even snow. Made for some exciting spills. Absolutely worth doing as you can ski much more aggressively when you can see where your going.
post #7 of 16
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Tomorrow's the day, so I'm hopefull I get good results.

Thanks for the replies.
post #8 of 16
How'd the surgery go?

Can you read this?
post #9 of 16
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How'd the surgery go?

Can you read this?

Still going through the healing process but the surgery went very well. I was 20/20 in the repaired eye at the follow-up appointment 24 hours post op, so I'm happy with the results.
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Still going through the healing process but the surgery went very well. I was 20/20 in the repaired eye at the follow-up appointment 24 hours post op, so I'm happy with the results.


Nice.  My dad had it done last year and couldn't believe the improvement.  Like others have said, why did he wait so long?!?  Get well soon. Thumbs Up

post #11 of 16
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Nice.  My dad had it done last year and couldn't believe the improvement.  Like others have said, why did he wait so long?!?  Get well soon. icon14.gif

Thanks!
post #12 of 16
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Round 2 on my left eye tomorrow morning.

If I get a similar result to my right eye a little over a month ago, I'll be thrilled.
post #13 of 16
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Round 2 on my left eye tomorrow morning.

If I get a similar result to my right eye a little over a month ago, I'll be thrilled.


Awesome.  It's a pretty huge difference I hear so that must be pretty cool.  It gets bad over such a long period of time that having it fixed so quickly must be quite stunning.  Cheers! :)

post #14 of 16
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I had my the cataract in my right eye removed around Thanksgiving this past year, after two weeks was able to get my first turns of the year on the slopes. The implanted lense corrected my myopia, I needed reading glasses though for small print (like my iPhone).

There were some delays in getting my left eye done (including a recurrence of my diabetic retinopathy, which happened on my first day at Jackson at the Gathering, and my left eye was pretty useless and even disorienting the rest of the trip, including driving back to Seattle). Once that settled down I had the second cataract surgery in March, with an even greater improvement in distance vision than the right eye. 20/20 left and 20/25 right.

Not much skiing left at that point but still got a few days in at Crystal and a mid May trip to Sunshine Village. Much better visibility skiing.

I now longer use contact lenses. I have bifocals I mostly use for reading. Things seem much brighter, colors much more intense, and night vision is much better.

Hope this helps.

Sorry to hear about your recurrent retinopathy at JH gathering, had no idea. You're a total trooper and great ski/carpooling buddy
the whole time! Glad to hear the corrective lens implant for cataract works well. Well, You probably didn't miss much with the last crummy season in PNW, Cheers to the new sharp-eyed @DesireUsename. Will have to look you up next time I get up to Miltown:). smile.gif
post #15 of 16

Hi! I did cataract surgery on both eyes.  I am a swimmer. My doc said that I can begin my swimming one month after my cataract surgery with protection because there is high risk of water being forced into the eyes. I started swimming exactly after 1 month with the necessary eye protection. Its been a year since my cataract surgery and its totally fine now.

post #16 of 16
I too have had double cataract surgery and I have no problem skiing. the big thing is about your goggles as you will be overly sensitive to sunlight and glare.
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