Seeing Is Believing

Reading glasses
Reading glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)








After 18 years of using reading glasses I finally decided that enough was enough. I was tired of losing my glasses or leaving them at home. I was tired of having glasses in about 10 different locations so that I would always have a pair available. I tried contacts and that didn’t work for me. I had a procedure done to reshape the lens in my eye in 2007 and that worked great. I was able to read without glasses for about 15 months and then my eyes reverted back to where I needed reading glasses again. I recently heard about a procedure that is used mainly for people with cataracts. This procedure involves replacing the lens in your eye with a new multifocal lens that is good for reading and good for distance. The lens is called a Restore lens
I don’t have cataracts but I spoke to a doctor in Mountain View,Ca. who has done over 10,000 of these procedures with the Restore lens. He told me that you don’t have to have cataracts to have the lens implanted and that you can do it as an elective surgery.
I decided that I would have the surgery done in one eye and then I would evaluate my vision at that point. Well it’s been about one month since my surgery and I can report that I am now reading at 20/20. The good thing is that I will never need reading glasses again and that I will never get cataracts in the eye with the new lens. Dr. Beers in Mountain View and his staff did a great job and I would recommend them to anyone who might be considering this type of eye surgery. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about my new Restore lens.


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Contact Lenses, What a Chore!!

I recently decided that I was tired of putting reading glasses on about 150 times a day. I heard about a process where people would use contact lenses to create something called mono vision. This allows you to have one contact lense for reading and another contact lense for distance vision. I went to Kaiser and my eye doctor told me that I would be a candidate to do this. The optical department was very clean and the people were very friendly. The lady that helped me has been working at Kaiser for 23 years and she was very helpfull. She showed me how to put the contacts in and how to take them out. I purchased soft lenses that would eventually allow me to be able to keep them in for several days. Initially I could only wear them during the day. Well bedtime came around and it was now time to practice what I learned at the hospital. I now had to remove the contact lenses. I thought that I was doing everything right but an hour later the contacts were still in my eyes. I was told that my eyes could get scratched or infected if I left them in over night. Time to go back to the hospital to see if anyone there could help me to remove them. It was an interesting drive at night with only one eye that could see for distance. I did get there safely and managed to find two nice people in the emergency room to help me to get the contacts out of my eyes. As it turned out getting the contacts out was even a chore for the pros. They were very patient and made the task a very painless one but one that I won’t ever have to worry about again. After that experience I decided that reading glasses aren’t so bad after all.