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Well it seems that after ignoring the suggestion for over a year, it's time I considered cataract surgery. Since we are full timers and in south Texas for the winter, McAllen & surrounding areas look like the place to get it done. I'm interested hearing from anyone who has experiences or suggestions about a doctor or clinic to avoid or to use. Your help will be greatly appriciated.

Gary

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Each states licensing and qualifications for practicing medicine is different.   I found this site helpful in looking up medical practitioners:  https://www.healthguideusa.org/medical_license_lookup.htm

Also google the Dr for reviews, you do have to read between the lines as each individuals expectations are different.  Here is one source for Dr reviews: https://www.healthgrades.com/

Here is a link to Yelp Dr's in Mcallen:   https://www.yelp.com/c/mcallen/physicians

Good luck with your search and looking forward to you sharing your your findings here.  

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This is the kind of thing one normally asks their primary care physician about, or at least the ophthalmologist (or optometrist) they have been seeing for a few years.  I often ask "who would you send your mom to"  if I haven't know the person for long.   

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This procedure seems so quick and easy nowadays.  It's not something to try to avoid or be overly concerned about. Once you're down there just make an appt. with one or two ophthalmologists for their opinion and how you feel about their practice.  Sometimes those having a large practice and one who does many of these procedures is good because they have associates to consult with readily available in their practice.

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My wife had cataract surgery on both eyes about 5-6 years ago.  I thought it would be straight forward, just remove the lens and drop in an new one, all covered by medicare.  Well, actually it was that simple.  However dealing with the doctor and their office pushing hard for us to do add on's for $$$ above what medicare would pay for.  That is cataract replacements that would eliminate astigmatism and a couple of other options, I don't remember now.  They insisted we would be most unsatisfied if we didn't take the options.  Well the plain old lens replacement worked just fine.  She still has to wear glasses to correct the astigmatism and for close up work, but she has worn glasses all her life, so nothing new there.   

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When I was scheduling my cataract surgery with my eye doctor, I was given a pamphlet that described the various options and the extra costs. I was told to read through it and they would answer any questions I might have before making my choice of procedures. I opted for the basic lens replacements that my Medicare Advantage plan fully covered, and decided to go with distant vision lenses that would still require me to use glasses for reading and computer screen work. My thinking was that I would still be able to drive ok even if my glasses were lost or damaged, and reading could be done with a cheap pair of "cheaters" from Walmart until new prescription glasses could be obtained. There was no pressure from the doctor or the staff to upgrade to a more expensive lens.

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Just as an FYI, I had cataract surgery in January of this year.  Unfortunately it didn't work.  The reason was that I had PRK/Laser surgery 20 years ago and because they didn't know my prescription before the PRK they didn't get the lens strength correct. Before the surgery I could see well, only needing over the counter glasses for reading but was told the cataracts would get worse so Decided to get them done.  I told them about the PRK but they said it would be OK.  They wanted me to get the other eye done two weeks after the first and I told them no, not until the vision had corrected in my first eye.  They offered to do a lens exchange to correct it but still couldn't guarantee it would work.  I am in the process of trying to get copies of my records so I can get a consult with the Mayo Cinic and determine what to do.  Frustrated at having to wear prescription glasses all the time now, for both long distance and reading but at least I can still see.  My vision is getting worse though so I will have to sort something out.

Sorry to ramble on, but I want to advise anyone who has Lasik, PRK or any surgery at any time to make sure you get a copy of your records.  If you have to have cataract surgery later the records will help to show what your prescription was before the lasik and they will be able to more accurately determine the cataract surgery requirements. 

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11 hours ago, bryansues said:

 

Sorry to ramble on, but I want to advise anyone who has Lasik, PRK or any surgery at any time to make sure you get a copy of your records.  If you have to have cataract surgery later the records will help to show what your prescription was before the lasik and they will be able to more accurately determine the cataract surgery requirements. 

I had Radial Karatomy (pre lasik) years ago and it really complicated the cataract surgery.   My surgeon had me see another doctor that had a knack for determining the correct lenses.  He did pretty good but if I had the records it would have been better.  Still the cataract surgery helped a lot but I wear glasses.

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19 hours ago, DesertMiner said:

Were you given the option of a”secondary IOL”  also known as a “piggy back” lens? Just curious.

No, they wanted to do a lens exchange.  

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8 hours ago, Randyretired said:

I had Radial Karatomy (pre lasik) years ago and it really complicated the cataract surgery.   My surgeon had me see another doctor that had a knack for determining the correct lenses.  He did pretty good but if I had the records it would have been better.  Still the cataract surgery helped a lot but I wear glasses.

I'm hoping the Mayo Clinic will have more experience. I'm having trouble getting copies of my records for them though.  I'll get there.  

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14 hours ago, GlennWest said:

I am in early stages of cataract in right eye. I intend to use same doctor that done my Lasik surgery. 

That's the best option, so much better if they know your prescription before the Lasik.  Unfortunately the place I had them done is no longer there, and the eye doctor I used after them doesn't keep records that far back. Lesson learned. 

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