A Chance At Better Vision?

Eever since my lens implants dislocated over a year ago and the corrective surgeries left my vision much less than what it used to be I’ve been searching for something that might help to restore it. I don’t get much help from my eye surgeon in this department. He seems to think that the fact that the lenses look good to him that they are good enough as is. Easy for him to say when he’s not the one that has to look through them all day everyday. I’m constantly squinting and trying to see around the double vision the surgery left me with in my left eye. When I read or look at the computer it feels like it’s just sitting there, not doing much, and not helping me to see. My right eye (which is for distance) isn’t helping much either. I can’t see the television or any street signs etc. without being at a close distance, where as before I could see things from afar.

Like I’ve mentioned before; I am thankful for the fact that I can see at all. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t hope to have my sight improved. So I started researching possible surgeries or implants that may reverse the damage to no avail. Until one day when I wasn’t looking I stumbled on what might just be what I’d been hoping for; Accommodative Intraocular Lenses. These lens implants are made to move within the eye similar to the way a natural lens would move. By doing so they are able to ‘accommodate’ both near and distance vision. But the best part is that these lenses have a much lower chance of causing refractive errors in the vision and visual aberrations. Which means hopefully they could take away the double vision.

The bummer part of all this is; I may not be a candidate. See, the way that these lenses stay in place is by being implanted within the capsular bag where the natural lenses once were. The capsular bags in my eyes were removed when I was four, along with my lenses. I’m assuming this knocks my chances of receiving this surgery. Admittedly it was hard to swallow at first. I’d thought that I finally found the answer I was looking for. But it does make me wonder if in the near future there will be technology that allows these or similar lenses to be implanted in eyes like mine. I will talk to my optometrist about these implants just for information’s sake. I’m not in a big rush to get my vision back, just the hope that one day I will is enough for now.

Here is a link to a very helpful website detailing all there is to know about the different types of Intraocular Lens Implants, how they work, and how they’re implanted. 

{I am not a doctor and the medical definitions and descriptions featured in this blog post do not and should not replace those of a medical professional. They are merely there to help give an idea of my situation and experiences. If you are in need of medical advice see your doctor.}

7-10 Years Old: Contacts & Lens Implants

 
Despite wearing the glasses that made me so self concious I was very outgoing and able to make a lot of friends. Being kind always helped me in that avenue. But yes, there were times that I was teased and I never stopped longing to be rid of the glasses. So, when the opportunity arrived for me to get contacts at the tender age of 7, I didn’t hesitate to let it be known that I wanted them. I wasn’t able to put them in on my own at the time, especially since they were clear and without glasses I couldn’t see a thing. It was a pain in the butt to do everyday, but I welcomed it. I loved them more than anything. Finally knowing what it was like to be “normal” made it even harder for me to be seen in them. I stopped going on the school swimming trips, and I was afraid to have new friends sleepover because of night time when I’d have to switch them out for my glasses. My friends were always really good with them. None of them seemed to ever really even notice and if they did they did a good job of keeping it to themselves.
 
Three years with the contacts we seen a report on the news about these top of the line lens implants that were being given to cataract patients to replace their damaged ones. I almost swallowed my heart! Could I be a candidate for this? I didn’t have cataracts but it was basically the same thing. Turns out, yes, I was. At first we were told nothing could be done for my eyes until I had finished growing. But for some reason or another they decided I would be a fine candidate -at ten- for what is known as Intraocular Lens Implants.
 
After a month or two of decision making and prepping on my opthamologist’s end I was off to Children’s Hospital again. The surgeries were booked one week apart and just as they had 6 years ago they both went well. There was a minimum amount of pain and my vision cleared up fast. I recieved Conventional IOLs which are the most commonly implanted and basic IOLs. Although, they did something I’m told is not all that common when it comes to implants. They implanted a far-sighted lens in my right eye and a near-sighted lens in my left eye. They were hoping this would help me to read as well as with seeing distance and it ended up being a very good decision. This was the first time in my entire life that I was actually seeing out of my own eyes and it was incredible. No glasses, no contacts, just my eyes. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had and it is a feeling that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 
(I am not a doctor and the medical definitions and descriptions do not and should not replace those of a medical professional. They are merely there to help give an idea of my situation and experiences. If you are experiencing any health issues seek proffesional medical care.}