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    Hi all. I am in a masters program to become a vision rehabilitation therapist, working with individuals with various visual impairments. Part of one of my assignments require me to interview/simply ask people about their experiences. I really really hope nobody can help me out with any of the diseases/ surgeries I’ll be listing below, but I figured I would post this just in case there is someone that has been cured and is willing to answer a few questions for me.

    1) a corrected or uncorrected strabismus

    2) conjunctivitis

    3) uveitis or glaucoma

    4) had a cataract removed

    5) retinal detachment, macular degeneration, or retinis pigmentosa

    6) problems with vision since experiencing a stroke

    Again, I really hope nobody can help me with any of these!

    always here

    I have basement corneal membrane dystrophy in my left eye.

    I also have moderate cataracts that I was told, during the winter, are ripe for removal.. but I’ve been procrastinating.


    always here- I actually just interviewed someone who had a corneal transplant in his left eye in 2004 and just last year had it on his right eye. He said it was such a scary time for him but now his vision is basically perfect-he feels like hes been given a new lease on life! Do you think you’ll end up doing anything about your cataracts?

    always here

    1. no one has said anything to me about a corneal transplant. argh

    2. yes… my left eye is twice as bad as my right.. I will be doing something about them, but I’m still procrastinating cuz there are days that it doesn’t seem so bad & since it’s elective, &, I believe, hinges on quality of life (vision), I’m still waiting.


    no one has said anything to me about a corneal transplant. argh

    corneal epithelial basement membrane disease almost NEVER requires a corneal transplant. generally medical treatment is enough. occasionally the cornea needs to be “scraped” a painless in-office procedure, or a laser application.

    thats why no one mentioned it to you.


    I have had conjunctivitis several times.

    always here

    THANK YOU, MOD-80!! whew!!

    popa~ I thought conjunctivitis is so common; also had it several times… just didn’t mention it.


    Yea I know it is but since it was one of my questions, I figured I’d put it up here to get an easy answer. Popa or always, do you mind if I ask you a few questions about it?


    I think it is pretty common also.

    You can ask whatever you want. I don’t promise to tell the truth. (always might though)

    always here

    yes, popa~ I always tell the truth, but I wonder if this is the forum for a health survey.

    (keepingbusy~ you may ask your questions…)


    I had a retinal tear. Do I qualify for anything?


    Okay popa here goes…popa, guess Ill see if youre message sounds half truthful 🙂

    “Interview a person who has experienced conjunctivitis. Obtain information regarding the cause, the symptoms, the treatment, and any lasting impacts.”


    ronrsr, I can tell you the information I need to know and you can let me know if you ‘qualify.’ (They want me to find someone with a retinal detachment but I wonder if a tear is similar). Thanks!

    “Ask them to describe the history of their loss of vision and any treatments they have had.”


    Cause- Unknown

    Symptoms- red, itchy, pus, I don’t know, look on Wikipedia.

    Treatment- eye drops

    lasting impacts- none

    always here

    my answers are the same as popa’s except:

    treatment: antibiotic eye drops.

    and for symptoms you can add crusted together eyelids.

    the cause of my immediate family members getting it also was probably contagion.. like from shared towels, physical contact (touch).


    popa and always thank you so much!!

    minyan gal

    keeping busy, I had a cataract removed about 6 years ago. If you have any questions, fire away.

    A Heimishe Mom

    I can third the conjuctivitis.

    Isn’t strabismus a fancy word for lazy eye? Or is that amblyopia?

    My son wears corrective glasses for lazy eye/severe astygmatism which he should grow out of by 9 or 10 years old. (No patch, B”H.)


    Always here: Cataract removal is not a difficult or lemgthy procedure. My husband had a large cataract removed and the vision is fantastic now, B”H. Recovery was immediate. He also previously had retinal tears, but not detachment. Both surgeries were done a year apart (the retinal tears were repaired with cryosurgery, and last year he had laser for the cataract). DON’T put it off, if your vision is affected. Just make sure you have a skilled opthalmic surgeon.


    conjunctivitis is very common and most children and adults wind up moving it from one eye to the other by rubbing their infected eye and then rubbing the other one. It is also called Pink Eye.

    My mom had cataracts surgically removed from both eyes.


    I’ve had uveitis. I’d be happy to help you out!

    always here

    oomis1105~ thanks, I know. iy’H I’ll do it soon…-ish


    Ooh Ooh Ooh -(rt. hand raised) -I’ve also had conjunctivitis several times!


    Wow thank you so much everyone for being willing to help me out!

    minyan gal, alrighty here it goes: “Ask them about their vision before and after surgery, the operation itself, and the post-operative period.”

    A hemishe mom- yes, youre correct, amblyopia is sometimes also referred to as a lazy eye, and the most common symptoms are strabismus (and the inability for the eyes to focus simultaneously).

    anonymisses- thank you for offering to help! “Describe the initial symptoms, the treatment, and how the disease how affected your vision.”

    Thank you all again!!


    now that we are on the subject..

    A family member of mine burnt her cornea when she was quite young.

    Now that she is in her 20’s it was suggested she has a cornea transplant.

    If someone can tell me healing time.. and if one needs to be on steroids,, for how long etc.

    and anything else she should know about a cornea transplant.

    Thank you all.

    My husband had cataracts on both eyes, a few years apart.

    and B-H had minimal recovery time and sees clearly.

    At this time my father is being treated for macular degeneration.

    He goes every few weeks to the retia specialist and when he sees progression my father gets an injection in the eye. I dont know the drug he is getting.

    always here

    hmm… “strabismus (and the inability for the eyes to focus simultaneously).”

    is that related to ‘monocular vision’? I thought it was due to the issues of my left eye being in worse shape than my right… so that I’m more dependent on my right eye for vision.

    minyan gal

    KB, my cataract experience was very different from most people’s. Firstly, I had not noticed any change in my vision and only required the surgery on one eye. At my yearly exam, the doctor said that I was developing a cataract. The following year she told me it was ready to be removed. I had it done a couple of weeks later and had a soft lens implanted. For the next couple of days my vision was very “crisp” and I didn’t need to use my “over the counter” reading glasses, but within a week or so, I needed them again. I was told that was very normal although my friend had both eyes done a few weeks apart and no longer needs her bifocals at all. She wears a very weak OTC reader. About a year ago, I was told that I am developing a “secondary” cataract on the operative eye and am developing a cataract on the unoperated eye. I am told that the secondary cataract is treated by a zap from a laser right in the office. A couple of weeks ago I was told that I can have the unoperated eye done whenever I feel it is the right time. I suppose that one of these days I shall do it – in the spring, after my trip to Israel (insurance reasons). I am beginning to notice that small print is little more difficult to read these days and I use the strongest OTC lenses that I can find – 3.50. I don’t feel like paying for prescription glasses before I discuss the option of having a “reading” lens implanted at the time of the surgery. This is a fairly new development (within the past 8 -10 years) and only became available in Canada a short time after my original cataract surgery. I had no post-op problems with the first surgery. I hope that I have given you enough information for your project. I forgot to mention that the doctor told me the reason that I developed only one cataract (and at a relatively young age – 60) was because I had been on a high dose of prednisone for quite some time, followed by a low dose for about a year to treat an autoimmune disease. This was about 4 year before developing the cataract. Apparently, prednison can cause an earlier onset of cataracts.


    mom 12- I interviewed a man in his 60’s who had his left cornea removed in 2004 and the right one just last year. He said he was able to see right away-it was the greatest gift he was able to give himself. They only numbed the eye they were working on; he was awake throughout but did not feel a thing. He was also give relaxants that were very helpful. If you want any more infor, please ask me and I can find out for you.

    In terms of your father’s macular degeneration, can you please describe the history of his loss of vision (you already gave me the other part of the question 🙂 Thanks!!


    Thank you minyan gal for sharing your story with me! BH youre getting the proper help, enjoy your trip to Israel and much Hatzlacha with your next surgery!


    about my dad.. the only thing I know that could be the reason is his age (80’s- ad mea v’esrim) and perhaps a predisposition to diabets besides this he is healthy B-H is on no medication etc..

    about the transplant- do you know if he had to b on any kind of medication or if he currently on meds?


    a corrected or uncorrected strabismus

    Had surgery as a child years ago, but was only partially successful So I guess you could call it both corrected and uncorrected.

    Can’t answer much about the surgery since it was way back then.

    I believe current surgery is more precise.


    amblyopia is sometimes also referred to as a lazy eye, and the most common symptoms are strabismus


    lazy eye is not a medical term and different people mean different things when they say it

    but strabismus is not generally a symptom of amblyopia (except in certain unusual cases in adults) rather strabismus is ONE of the CAUSES of amblyopia.


    THis may not be what you are looking for, but one of my eyes turns out. I wear glasses for myopia but nothing to correct the other condition except force of will. As I get older it is harder for me to keep my eyes focused together when I read (which is often) and sometimes I have to close one eye or it is just too distracting. I have not yet been prescribed bifocals,though.

    On the plus side, I can see double whenever I want to, and make faces at my kids that they (b”H) can’t duplicate.

    always here

    ursula momish~ “when I read (which is often) and sometimes I have to close one eye”

    …that’s sort of what I’m talking about, too.


    in reference to my husbands cataract -as mentiond above- he was also quite young for a cataract and there is no known reason for this.

    I also have a cousin who had a cataract removed at quite a young age- in her 30’s.


    I have a lazy eye and have had a detached retina and following this a year later a cataract removed. I live in Canada and can answer your questions if you wish.


    my mother has that floating eye as well.

    nothing being done about it. it usually happens in the evening when she is tired


    My mom had it done in her eighties she had very cloudy vision from the cataracts and was able to see clearly as soon as she woke up each time. When tested after the recovery period she had almost 20/20. She needed glasses though for double vision so she had to have prisms. It had nothing to do with the cataracts or the surgery.

    The recovery was basically a little over a week and involved antibiotic drops as well as wetting solution and wearing a plastic cupped patch at night so she didn’t bang or rub up against her eye. She also had to wear wrap around dark glasses for a while outside.


    feigamalka thank you for sharing. I would like to hear more about your retinal detachment…I’m really sorry you had to experience it, but I hope it’s better now 🙂

    “Describe the history of their loss of vision and any treatments they have had.”

    Thank you!


    mom12, when I spoke to the man (with the double corneal transplant), he never mentioned anything about medications to me. The only thing the Dr prescribed was eyedrops before the transplant to see if the surgery would not be needed with the drops.

    The Dr’s name is Dr. Richard Najac and his surgery was preformed at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, NY.


    My retina tore about two years ago. I have a family history of this sort of eye trouble, plus I am very nearsighted and middle-aged.

    I woke up one morning, went outside and had thousands of new round floaters in my eye. It was like living in a snow globe.

    My mother had a tear and detachment 35 years earlier and she had been preparing me for this to happen. Within a few hours I saw an opthalmologist who sent me immediately to an eye surgeon, since it was a large double rip. Within an hour, the surgeon, with the help of a small laser had scarred the area around the tear, so it would refasten itself to the back of my eye.

    In another day the rip would have progressed to a full detachment, and shortly thereafter i would have irreparably lost vision in that eye.

    For a few weeks the images from that eye were not as vivid as from the untreated eye. I have lots of new, large floaters in that eye, but I have gotten used to them and rarely notice.

    With contact lenses, which I have worn for 40 years (I do take them out at night) I see very close to perfectly.

    The whole ordeal only took 2 hours, and there was no recovery time needed.

    I am very lucky and grateful. I am thankful for my excellent vision.

    I will contrast this with my mother’s experience 35 years earlier soon.


    My mother had laser cataract surgery in the early 1970s, when it was brand new. Shortly after returning from the hospital she started seeing flashes of light. She contacted her surgeon, but he was unconcerned.

    The flashes continued for a few more days. She saw another eye doctor who immediately operated to reattach her retina. The recovery time was 6 weeks during which she was not supposed to read, stand or brush her haor or teeth. She did some of those things and the retina redetached. She underwent another operation and another six weeks of recovery and ultimately lost the vision in that eye.

    Compared to her experience, mine was a walk in the park. You see why she had been preparing me for my retinal problems since thatnday.


    When I was a teenager, I also had a lazy eye that would wander.

    One doctor suggested surgery but my mother sought a second opinion. We left the eye alone and now it only wanders when I am very tired or when I look in the mirror. Now and then, I use it to entertain or scare small children but otherwise I do not think about it.


    KP613. Thanx for the information… I will look into that dr.


    Hi everyone long time no time! I hope you all had an inspiring Rosh Hashana. Remember we still have these ten days to improve ourselves in any area we feel that we need to.

    Anonymisss I was just wondering if you can still help me and describe your condition with uveitis. I wrote the information that I need to know about it above. Thank you!!


    Hi and a gitt yur to evryone..

    KB613 maybe you can educate me in another area of the eye?

    I took my son to the eye dr. (optometrist) for a regular vision checkup, and she could not get him to see the last two lines on the eye chart..

    Do you hava any suggestions of what this may be?

    I will take him to the opthamologist very shortly..

    but she said she did not see anything really wrong in the eye..

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