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M4lcs67

In for eye opration on Thursday

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Have been called in for an operation on my eye on Thursday to remove a long standing floater (no infantile comments please) in my left eye which has been driving me bonkers for ages. Have put up with it for now, but since taking up astronomy it has become a real pain and seriously affects my ability to look at things. Had the consultation with the eye specialist a few weeks ago and decided to go ahead with the surgery. Turns out that they don't do the op for anybody. You have to prove that it is having a detrimental effect on your quality of life and since my stroke three and a half years ago the only thing I can really do now is my astronomy and I also struggle reading anything since the floater keeps drifting across my field of vision.

Since it is surgery there is a risk element involved, but I have made the decision to have it done. The surgeon is one of the best, so I feel a little more at ease.

Also at the same time I am having a cataract operation (not that I have one now, but the likelihood of developing one within 2 years is high), so I am having that done at the same time, then home for a few weeks recovery. Just as my new scope arrives as well. Typical.

On the downside I will go from being a non spectacle wearer to having to wear them all the time. Small price to pay I think. Once it has all settled down I will be able to re- convene my astronomy with a clear view though as it should be a permanent fix.

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hope everything goes well and you are back to normal soon.

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Indeed. Hope it all goes well.

I'm in next week for tests because the optician is concerned that I might have "increased intra-ocular pressure" in my right eye, which is apparently a potential precursor to glaucoma. I *hate* people mucking about with my eyes. I'm sure it's nothing major, but I'm really not looking forward to it :(

James

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Good luck feller, I hope it all goes well.

All the best.

Russ

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Good luck! I have early Glaucoma and and have to use drops every day, Unfortunately I also have Mascular Degeneration and i'm slowly going blind. Great time to take up Astronomy eh? :Envy:

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Best of luck all those with eye problems, I have cataracts in both eyes, but fortunately my seeing eye isn't as bad as my left, but the Pleiades is now only a shape, I can barely make out any individual stars now. That is the problem with having long term Diabetes :sad: but I shall carry on enjoying Astronomy and the forum for as long as I can :)

John.

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best of luck to all with eyesight problems. my thoughts are with you all. it puts some of my minor problems into perspective.

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Good luck and hope all goes well!! :)

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Good luck Malc

Please do yourself a favour - do what the Doctor orders in terms of rest, eye patch use, drops and especially lifting. They don't say it for the fun of it but too many push their luck because they're bored of using a patch or not being able to lift - they may get away with it but not everyone does.

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Thanks for that Carl. Yeah. I'll have to resist the urge to do anything for a few weeks. Don't want to put myself back. If there is one saving grace then it is the fact that the weather is still lousy, so I can't get out with my new scope anyway.

Hey Keith. I noticed that you have a C9.25 as well. I gave mine its first outing the other night, but it eventually dewed up (even with a dewsheild on). What do you use or recommend for keeping the dew at bay? I had read that large SCT's are particularly susceptable to fogging up. Thanks for any advice.

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I hope everything goes well and that you will be able to peek thru your new scope again very soon.

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Thanks MarkSix, Had the new toy out the other night, but my observing session was halted by the ota dewing up. Had the dewsheild on, but maybe it needs a dew heater? I have read that large SCT's are succeptable to misting up. What do you use????

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Thanks MarkSix, Had the new toy out the other night, but my observing session was halted by the ota dewing up. Had the dewsheild on, but maybe it needs a dew heater? I have read that large SCT's are succeptable to misting up. What do you use????

Hi!

I have only been using a dewshield so far but I think I need to get some heatstripes as well. Last year when tried out my scope for the first time (august 2011) it immediately dewd up. But I wasn't using a dewshield at that time. Later in autumn/winter when I started to do more obeserving I had a dewshield and had not much problems with dew (depends on how much moist it is in the air). I haven't been out with my scope since March, the nights here has been to bright so far. But if the weather is ok I will make try next weekend.

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The very best of luck from me as well. Hopefully after this, you will be able to enjoy floater-free viewing for many years to come (assuming the skies ever clear)

Wearing spectacles full-time is not the end of the world and if you are anything like me it won't be full-time anyway as you will keep losing them.

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