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    Neighbour has just had his cataracts in his eyes removed by installing new lenses. The lens exchange is carried out with a gap of several days between eye. So he was able to compare the with and without cataract experience

    His comment was that the new lens made the colours brighter and sharper and the overall effect was like cleaning a very dirty window.

    Would this change in vision affect the way that a person would adjust the tonal range and brightness of images to a different extent when using PS or other program on the computer screen?

    Comments and experience please.
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    No experience of cataracts but should think that if someone's eyes had them, then their vision would be impaired somewhat.
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      Cataracts do affect colour perception and it can be quite severe. The impressionist painter, Claude Monet, suffered from cataracts later in life and his paintings became dominated by a shift towards the red. After he had his cataracts removed he reacted quiet badly to his recent red-toned work and re-painted some pictures with a strong shift to blue. In fact removal of the cataracts may even have boosted UV sensitivity.

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        Originally posted by DerekW View Post
        Neighbour has just had his cataracts in his eyes removed by installing new lenses. The lens exchange is carried out with a gap of several days between eye. So he was able to compare the with and without cataract experience

        His comment was that the new lens made the colours brighter and sharper and the overall effect was like cleaning a very dirty window.

        Would this change in vision affect the way that a person would adjust the tonal range and brightness of images to a different extent when using PS or other program on the computer screen?

        Comments and experience please.
        Derek, who did his and where ? I am planning for one to be done in July and the other in August with Light Adjustable Lenses ! same as your neighbour !

        Re Light & Colours YES "eye lenses dull over time" - This op gives more light and brightens colours !

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          Originally posted by Ian View Post
          ... In fact removal of the cataracts may even have boosted UV sensitivity.

          Ian
          Ian, after the LAL Op one must wear high quality sunglasses all the time for a few weeks and lots of eyedrops with anti bac too ! It is a SHOCK to the BRAIN and the brain has to go through a re adjustment and re learning about colours and the links to objects as previously learned ! I am half dreading it, but it will be better - as in more REALISTIC - than I have now !
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            Having had cataract surgery four years ago at the age of 53 which was considered young both most consultants, I still cannot forget the transformation it was truly amazing, like seeing some colours for the first time. Yes it does take a while to adapt and you do have to wear sunglasses in bright light, but within a month or so you readjust.

            The worst time is period between the first and the second op.

            I had mine done on the NHS and the lenses were made up to the spec of my vision at the time, now instead of having to wear spectacles with a strong prescription I am blessed with better than 20/20 vision with them. Just required for close work only. I cannot speak to highly of the service I received.

            Chevvy I wish you luck with your op and I am sure you will not be disappointed.


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              Originally posted by tjm View Post
              Having had cataract surgery four years ago at the age of 53 which was considered young both most consultants, I still cannot forget the transformation it was truly amazing, like seeing some colours for the first time. Yes it does take a while to adapt and you do have to wear sunglasses in bright light, but within a month or so you readjust.

              The worst time is period between the first and the second op.

              I had mine done on the NHS and the lenses were made up to the spec of my vision at the time, now instead of having to wear spectacles with a strong prescription I am blessed with better than 20/20 vision with them. Just required for close work only. I cannot speak to highly of the service I received.

              Chevvy I wish you luck with your op and I am sure you will not be disappointed.


              Trevor
              Trevor, where did you get your eyes "done" ? I cannot get mine done on the NHS until the "cataracts get much worse" - I hate having to keep cleaning glasses so often every day and I am never sure of the "bloom" from my glasses or eyes is degrading the image I am looking at

              I also hate having to put on glasses to check my camera settings - especially in cold and rain (in cold they mist up) in rain they get wet and need cleaning again ...

              So I have to Pay ! been saving up ...
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                Originally posted by tjm View Post
                Having had cataract surgery four years ago at the age of 53 which was considered young both most consultants, I still cannot forget the transformation it was truly amazing, like seeing some colours for the first time. Yes it does take a while to adapt and you do have to wear sunglasses in bright light, but within a month or so you readjust.

                The worst time is period between the first and the second op.

                I had mine done on the NHS and the lenses were made up to the spec of my vision at the time, now instead of having to wear spectacles with a strong prescription I am blessed with better than 20/20 vision with them. Just required for close work only. I cannot speak to highly of the service I received.

                Chevvy I wish you luck with your op and I am sure you will not be disappointed.


                Trevor
                53 is very young - I'm 51 and my vision is basically still very good (my specs correct for astigmatism and age-related long sightedness).

                Out of interest are there any possible factors - do you spend a lot of your time outdoors, do you tend not to wear sunglasses, family history, etc.?

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                  I've found this thread very interesting with regards to the question and the replies. Unfortunately, I'm apparently not bad enough to have the op? I'm suffering from both cataracts and floaters in both eyes. Bright light is my main problem as is the blurred vision. Whether this is part of the cataract problem I'm not too sure.

                  With regard to colour perception, some of the replies may have solved why I coudn't see the Aurora even though they came out on the camera?

                  I've never had good eyesight so perhaps when my time comes it could open up a whole new world?

                  Chevvy... good luck with the op and I hope all goes well.
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                    Chevvy

                    I had mine done at the Queen Alexandria hospital in Portsmouth. Have you got as far as seeing a consultant or is your doctor advising that he would not say your eyes were bad enough.

                    My Story

                    Following a recommendation from a colleague I had my eyes tested at an independent optician not the High Street two pairs for one specials where an eye test takes all of 10 minutes. The more indepth and caring eye test found the cataracts although I had been complaining for a couple of years.

                    I then took the report to my doctor who said if it was him he wouldn't bother, however he did admit that if I wanted to he would refer me. Once I saw the eye specialist there was no question and I was fortunate enough to be in within 3 months and only waited 6 weeks between eyes.

                    Having had a regular eye check last week the optician did advise the NHS were cutting back and I may not have been so fortunate if it had been my time now. I am sorry to hear that you possibly fall in this category, but I cannot recommend to highly the service I received, not sure if they do private work but may be worth an ask.

                    Best of luck with your enquiries.

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                      Chevvy

                      I will find out where the neighbour had it done - it was done privately I think the surgery was in the Whitely area. However I will find out for you.

                      Another friend had his eyes done at Winchester Hospital last year so perhaps before the clamp down he got both eyes done in short order. Now one is hearing that the NHS will only do one eye and put you to the back of the queue - to let you walk round in circles no doubt.
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                        Ian

                        Thanks for asking and yes you are right from what I was told.

                        As a child I had very bad eyesight and astigmatism in my right eye. In those days of course plastic lenses were not heard of so the glass lenses were both thick and heavy. Also nobody made sunglasses up to prescription and clip on sunglasses were hit and miss.

                        I spent my childhood outdoors first dry day or hint of sunshine and I was out, and they do reckon this was a major contributory factor.

                        The rest of my family have no problems but whilst they stayed indoors I was outside, plus not being spectacle wearers they always wore sunglasses.

                        A lesson there somewhere I think.

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                          Originally posted by Wally View Post
                          I've found this thread very interesting with regards to the question and the replies. Unfortunately, I'm apparently not bad enough to have the op? I'm suffering from both cataracts and floaters in both eyes. Bright light is my main problem as is the blurred vision. Whether this is part of the cataract problem I'm not too sure.

                          With regard to colour perception, some of the replies may have solved why I coudn't see the Aurora even though they came out on the camera?

                          I've never had good eyesight so perhaps when my time comes it could open up a whole new world?

                          Chevvy... good luck with the op and I hope all goes well.
                          I was fortunate enough to see the aurora borealis in Finland about 11 years ago but, like you, the photos were much more impressive than the naked eye experience. This is because the camera through long exposures is much more sensitive than the naked eye. I remember the aurora being a faint glow, while the photos should much more detailed and bright curtains of light.

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                            Originally posted by tjm View Post
                            Ian

                            Thanks for asking and yes you are right from what I was told.

                            As a child I had very bad eyesight and astigmatism in my right eye. In those days of course plastic lenses were not heard of so the glass lenses were both thick and heavy. Also nobody made sunglasses up to prescription and clip on sunglasses were hit and miss.

                            I spent my childhood outdoors first dry day or hint of sunshine and I was out, and they do reckon this was a major contributory factor.

                            The rest of my family have no problems but whilst they stayed indoors I was outside, plus not being spectacle wearers they always wore sunglasses.

                            A lesson there somewhere I think.

                            Trevor
                            Trevor, (great name, btw, my eldest sons!)

                            I was outdoors most of my childhood daylight hours, I had ponies and played lots of sport Tennis in summer; lots of long walks; cycling 11 miles to the nearest olympic sized swimming pool with full diving board set (lucky that was indoors ; and I rarely wore sunglasses ... except ALWAYS SKIING and NEVER Mirror lenses

                            Both Parents had age related degeneration about 45/50 yrs and wore glasses for reading - my dad for distance too, with bi-focals.

                            I have spent 35 years at computer screens for lots of hours - I guess I have worn them out ... I also have a Thyroid not functioning problem - which does not help Eyes

                            So I guess this is how I racked up a need for reading glasses at 48 and pre cataracts in both eyes at 53, and, astigmatism was from an attack.

                            My prescription last time was +2.00 both L & R reading and +0.50 both L & R Distance. Now I suspect +2.00 will be +3.00 - long vision does not bother me, I know this Op will reduce long vision a little - but if I have to wear glasses later, for driving, thats a minimum amount of time and OK by me!

                            I am worried (even) the (Private Health Care) Consultant will say "your eyes are not bad enough, yet" - the NHS classed needy as +5.00 and -10.00.

                            What were your prescriptions Trevor ?

                            ps I am nearly .... arghhhh! 60 or should that be ... so I am spending the next nn years Specs budget - life is too short and money in the bank is worth nothing in comparison to "a fresh pair of eyes" ... so no new car ever again, - when this 5 yr old one is at the end, thats it - bicycle; motorbikes; walking; or Quad bike ... (I am NOT HAVING a MOTABILITY SCOOTER)
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                              Chevvy

                              Was looking for the prescription I was sure I kept it for reference but not to handso from memory the worst was +6.33 can't remember the other.

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