cycling after cataract op advice

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cycling after cataract op advice

Postby wearwell » 13 Jan 2021, 6:25pm

cycling after cataract op:
10 days in. Right eye. A miracle! Eyesight better than ever was in the last 50 years.
Specs: kept bifocal lens for the untouched eye and removed lens for the right eye which now has very good long distance vision unaided. So no probs with eyesight and they have settled in nicely.
But the advice about exercise is ambiguous.
Eye feels OK, I feels OK, can I go for a pedal? Getting slightly desperate!

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby Jdsk » 13 Jan 2021, 7:07pm

Sounds good.

I'd ask the ophthalmologist who took it out...

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby richardfm » 13 Jan 2021, 7:13pm

Ask a healthcare professional, not a bunch of random strangers.

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby prestavalve » 13 Jan 2021, 7:38pm

richardfm wrote:Ask a healthcare professional, not a bunch of random strangers.


You don't need to be an eye doctor to know that the OP should ride to Barnard Castle.

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby Jdsk » 13 Jan 2021, 7:45pm

prestavalve wrote:
richardfm wrote:Ask a healthcare professional, not a bunch of random strangers.

You don't need to be an eye doctor to know that the OP should ride to Barnard Castle.

Very good. : - )

Via Catterick? (Debatably... )

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby wearwell » 13 Jan 2021, 8:45pm

Barnard Castle too far, I might try Ashbourne.
Yes of course I will ask the doc but I was wondering what advice others might have received as it is common amongst the over 70s and there's a few on here I expect.

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby 531colin » 14 Jan 2021, 11:28am

You might want to use safety specs. to keep the wind and debris out of your eye, at least to start with. Screwfix and tool shops sell safety specs. to fit over prescription glasses.
I had to do this when I went from glasses to contact lenses, but after a while my eyes got used to it all, and now I don't bother. Its great not to have the faff of glasses, mine were always dirty, or wet, or steamed up. Still need readers in the cafe though.

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby simonineaston » 14 Jan 2021, 11:39am

cycling after cataract op: 10 days in. Right eye. A miracle! Eyesight better than ever was in the last 50 years.
That's so cool! Whoo-Hoo! Look after it! :wink:
byyeee,
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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby Audax67 » 14 Jan 2021, 1:33pm

wearwell wrote:cycling after cataract op:
10 days in. Right eye. A miracle! Eyesight better than ever was in the last 50 years.
Specs: kept bifocal lens for the untouched eye and removed lens for the right eye which now has very good long distance vision unaided. So no probs with eyesight and they have settled in nicely.
But the advice about exercise is ambiguous.
Eye feels OK, I feels OK, can I go for a pedal? Getting slightly desperate!


When my right eye was done I was back on the road in two weeks. First ride was 60k in 12°C. If it's colder than that I'd wait a bit longer.
Have we got time for another cuppa?

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby 531colin » 14 Jan 2021, 1:50pm

simonineaston wrote:
cycling after cataract op: 10 days in. Right eye. A miracle! Eyesight better than ever was in the last 50 years.
That's so cool! Whoo-Hoo! Look after it! :wink:

I'm almost looking forward to having mine done. A cycling pal is now glasses-free after a lifetime of being shackled to bloody glasses.
They fit a lens that you can actually see out of....whats remarkable to me is that the lens is inserted using something no bigger than a regular needle.
They are quite small! https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fbrbu6-RVk8/maxresdefault.jpg

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby wearwell » 15 Jan 2021, 1:54pm

531colin wrote:...
I'm almost looking forward to having mine done. A cycling pal is now glasses-free after a lifetime of being shackled to bloody glasses.......
Very quick -local anaesthetic - completely painless but a bit strange with bright lights a bit psychedelic.
I was amazed at the instant improvement (following day) I had expected longer recovery needed.
Can now manage without glasses except for reading so have kept a varifocal in my specs for the old eye and lens out for the new one, pending new prescription.

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby rmurphy195 » 17 Jan 2021, 6:28pm

Not yet.

I had mine done about 6 weeks ago (yes, and what a difference it does make) and went out on the bike for the first time today.

I was given a sheet that said what I should be able to do and when (you probably have one, the timescales to avoid bending, strenous exercise etc.). I asked specifically about cycling, was it considered strenuous exercise. "On no account for at least 4 weeks" was the emphatic answer.

But light exercise is OK on my list after a couple of weeks, so it was then gentle pedal-turning for 15 mins/day on the trainer.

BTW I replaced my expensive varifocals with a pair of Bolle Contours from Screwfix for going outdoors to keep the cold wind off the offending eye. And today found they really do work well as cycling specs as per the advice on this forum! And have kept them on when cooking etc. in case of splashes. Well worth a tenner.

Consider what you are risking if you flex the rules on this one!

BTW in my case the other eye has early-stage cataracts - nowhere near bad enough to operate - and slight long-sightedness. Taking one lens out left me with the worst of both worlds for reading, so for reading now I use reading glasses from the pound shop pending seeing the optician. If you are in the same position, youve by now noticed that with your "new" eye your white ceilings look white, but with your old one they look slighty yellowish! I've now adjusted my TV and computer screens, I had over time adjusted them to compensate, but now they are too harsh so have adjusted them to a warmer colour temperature.
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""You know you're getting old when it's easier to ride a bike than to get on and off it" - quote from observant jogger !

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Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Postby wearwell » 19 Jan 2021, 9:19pm

rmurphy195 wrote:Not yet.

I had mine done about 6 weeks ago (yes, and what a difference it does make) and went out on the bike for the first time today.

I was given a sheet that said what I should be able to do and when (you probably have one, the timescales to avoid bending, strenous exercise etc.). I asked specifically about cycling, was it considered strenuous exercise. "On no account for at least 4 weeks" was the emphatic answer.

But light exercise is OK on my list after a couple of weeks, so it was then gentle pedal-turning for 15 mins/day on the trainer.

BTW I replaced my expensive varifocals with a pair of Bolle Contours from Screwfix for going outdoors to keep the cold wind off the offending eye. And today found they really do work well as cycling specs as per the advice on this forum! And have kept them on when cooking etc. in case of splashes. Well worth a tenner.

Consider what you are risking if you flex the rules on this one!

BTW in my case the other eye has early-stage cataracts - nowhere near bad enough to operate - and slight long-sightedness. Taking one lens out left me with the worst of both worlds for reading, so for reading now I use reading glasses from the pound shop pending seeing the optician. If you are in the same position, youve by now noticed that with your "new" eye your white ceilings look white, but with your old one they look slighty yellowish! I've now adjusted my TV and computer screens, I had over time adjusted them to compensate, but now they are too harsh so have adjusted them to a warmer colour temperature.
Thanks for that. I've decided on stiff walking in the meantime, the weather is crap anyway.
Without glasses my left eye is good for reading but nothing else, my new right eye is good for distance but not reading. Which means I can function without glasses but will need a new pair to get the benefit of both together.
Should be OK by early spring so the timing is good.