Finally found the problem...

smithy

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It's been 1 year since I closed my shop and decided to make knives. For the last 4 or 5 years I have noticed that it was getting harder and harder to see what I was working on. Not good for a goldsmith and fledgling knife maker. It took a specialist to determine that the pendant that had flown up and hit me in the eye put a dent in my optic nerve. Early years, not a problem. Later years a BIG problem--depth perception. I could only focus on one area from each eye, and they weren't the same. Had macular surgery and cataract surgery in June, 1012. The surgeon told me this would PROBABLY solve my problem. It hasn't after the year wait till my vision would fully correct, as told to me by my surgeon.

So, I am learning to see with one eye when I work by wearing an eyepatch. I am going to have a special pair of glasses made to give me focus at close distances, when I can afford it. And here's one instance of why I can't...

I had an appointment at 4:00 pm to have my eyes measured for the lens that was replaced. At 6:30 the cataract surgeon came in and said that medicare would pay for a standard lens, but if I wanted to see WITHOUT GLASSES I would have to pay $1,100.00 by the next morning at 8:30 when my operation was scheduled. HE INSISTED THAT HE KNOW RIGHT AT THAT TIME. Sort of a high pressure sell. After all is said and done, he should have known that I would have to wear glasses anyway, after the macular part of my surgery. Guess he need a payment on his new boat and no, they won't do anything about it.

Any way I am looking forward to making knives, or at least one knife that I am happy with this year. That is if I can see.

Thanks a bunch for letting me rant. I told the doctor that he was a fraud and had forgotten his hippocratic oath. Didn't make a difference...Teddy

Forgot to mention that the pendant thing was 40 years ago.
 
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Mark Behnke

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I can see how you feel, (bad pun intended) I have one blind eye, horror story's concerning doctors on hold. Take care and wear your protective gear.

Mark
 

rhinoknives

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I can't tell if you had the surgery so you could see or not but this doctor is a money hungry pig and I would have cancelled the whole deal with him and started with a decent doctor without this high pressure nonsense.

I have been through four eye surgeries for Strabismus or in plain speak double vision. I have trained myself over the years to just pay attention to the information from my dominate eye only while reading , typing. or knife work. It takes a bit of getting use to.

I personally never wanted the vision correct surgery that this jerk Dr. put the squeeze on you about because I was going to need protective lenses for knife making and sunglasses for driving etc anyway!

I hope you are better and I'm glad you where able to rant a bit and feel better as well.

Laurence

www.rhinoknives.com
 

Gary Miller

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when i had my knee replaced i got the shingles. it attacked the optic nerve on my right eye so when the shingles flair up i go blind in my right eye. luckily i am left handed and left eyed. so i know your pain. grinding using only one eye is a experience, but i think you will master it. remember every time we read one of our brothers blow off steam on the fourm we are taking money out of some shrink's pocket. so rave on brother Gary
 
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rhinoknives

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when i had my knee replaced i got the shingles. it attacked the optic nerve on my right eye so when the shingles flair up i go blind in my right eye. luckily i am left handed and left eyed. so i know your pain. grinding using only one eye is a experience, but i think you will master it. remember every time we read one of our brothers blow off steam on the fourm we are taking money out of some shrink's pocket. so rave on brother Gary
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Laurence

www.rhinoknives.co
 

Wayne Coe

Forum Owner - Moderator
Teddy, when I had cataract surgery the cost over Medicare was $1,995.00. I think the doctor should have discussed the different lens available long before the day before surgery and he probably should have seen your problem and known to consider it. I doubt that there is a whole lot of difference in the mark up of one lens over the other.
 
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