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Dr Rios saved the vision in my left eye this year by catching rogue blood vessels growing into my cornea.  Referred me to corneal specialist in GDL...couldn't be happier with the outcome!  He had done my cataract surgeries and lens implants in 2015 & 2016...no longer need glasses for the first time in my life...YIPPEEE!

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22 minutes ago, Willie said:

Dr Rios saved the vision in my left eye this year by catching rogue blood vessels growing into my cornea.  Referred me to corneal specialist in GDL...couldn't be happier with the outcome!  He had done my cataract surgeries and lens implants in 2015 & 2016...no longer need glasses for the first time in my life...YIPPEEE!

 Before going to Rios please do a search of his name on this web board

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I couldn't see worth a damn about a year and a half ago. Went to a local opthamologist "with all the right equipment" who has been mentioned in this thread and who I had seen before for a new prescription so had some confidence in the level of professionalism. Was told specifically I did NOT have cataracts after asking if that was the problem.

So then I ramped it up and went to see a retinal specialst in Guadalajara which isn't that easy to do since there aren't many. Fancy clinic and all that. Was seen by a couple of assistants before Mr. Big came in. The first level assistant sort of shrugged after giving me an initial exam, then the second level assistant came in for more thorough checking. I noticed them talking to each other quietly, a bit confused, but unbenknownst to them at the time, I can understand Spanish. So I asked what's going on?

ASSISTANT: Why are you here?

ME: I can't see.

ASST: Ummmm.... you have a very large cataract in one eye, and in the other eye you have an ENORMOUS cataract.

After expressing my relief, I told them I'd been previously examined and was told specifically that I didn't have cataracts. They asked where the exam took place and I replied, "Lake Chapala". They said, "ohhhhhhhh...."

Mr. Big then came in and (politely) tossed me out of his office. :lol: Had cataract surgery done three days later in Guadalajara and woke up with the vision of a five year old. A whole new world!

Medical care is such a roll of the dice. Good luck.

 

 

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3 hours ago, gringohombre said:

Maybe I am confusing the terms. I was probably thinking about optometrist not optician. Is Dr. Pinto an optometrist? The point is that for now I need a new prescription for glasses. If the person doing the examination (optometrist) spots something like cataracts I will then make an appointment with the VA in Phoenix to get the work done there. I am not a rich man but will explore all my options here at this point also.

In the states there are three levels, optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist. Only the last two are trained to detect eye problems. yes, an optometrist in the states can diagnose cataracts and refer you to an ophthalmologist.  The optometrists here are more like opticians in the states who can only fit eye glasses.

 

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4 hours ago, RickS said:

" Surely a good optician is trained to spot this and give a diagnosis and possible referral for any condition spotted "

Surely as in you are 'assuming'?  You know what they say about 'assuming'.   Do yourself a favor and heed the recommendations you have been given about seeing a true oftalmologo. You are talking about your eyes, hombre. This is NO time to cut corners and.... assume.

BTW, pappy, the average cost per eye for IOL in the States, without any insurance, is over $3500! Average.

BTW2, pappy. Does your Dra. also do Presbyopia-correcting IOLs .... those lenses will give you near vision and eliminate the need for reading glasses.

 

Yes we discussed that but she said that was not for me. I don't need reading glasses now and she said I would only need a mild pair and I probably  would not like what you referred to. It's kinda funny, when everyone else puts on their glasses to read the menu, I take mine off.

Our insurance will reimburse 80% after a $300 deductible.

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Please see an ophthalmologist, but preferably one who is qualified as am eye surgeon as well.  Your eyes are too important to 'cut corners' with.  I wore glasses for almost 45 years.  A few years ago, I had corneal implants put in, and now my vision is perfect.  And the best part is that my eye surgeon told me that the only way my vision would EVER deteriorate would be due to a severe injury to the eye.  Don't have to worry about age-related degeneration!  Best thing I ever did!

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Anyone with a PhD is entitled to call themselves a doctor. Joe Biden's wife Jill insisted on being called doctor. She has her PhD in education. But she is technically "doctor".

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11 minutes ago, Al Berca said:

Could he be both? I am certain that he is an ophthalmologist as he was the only one we had for a few years after he moved here from GDL.

Common sense would dictate that one's advertising would mention the MD designation first if one is a medical doctor with more years of academics and training to become an ophthalmologist than a mere tech It's like a DDS, with extra specialties, advertising as a dental tech, only worse. Believe what you wish.

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13 hours ago, Willie said:

Dr Rios saved the vision in my left eye this year by catching rogue blood vessels growing into my cornea.  Referred me to corneal specialist in GDL...couldn't be happier with the outcome!  He had done my cataract surgeries and lens implants in 2015 & 2016...no longer need glasses for the first time in my life...YIPPEEE!

Who had done your lens implant-Rios or the corneal specialist?

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On ‎6‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 5:32 PM, ned small said:

Good grief! An Optician is merely a tech that makes eyewear and cannot provide you with what you want legally or otherwise. See an Ophthalmologist or at the very least an Optometrist. An Ophthalmologist will charge you about 600p for PROPER testing like Dr. Claudia above the immigration office in Chapala who uses state of the art equipment  and attends at seminars in Europe, US and Canada. Just got back from one in Austria. Her English is perfect.

Another vote for Dr. Claudia. When I get cataracts she will be the one to operate on me.

 

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Mildly off-topic but I will be moving to Lakeside next summer and am a licensed Optometrist in Illinois.  I will be very interested in volunteering time, but wonder if that is even an option.  I understand "eye exams" are given Thursdays at LCS?  NOB, Optometrists are qualified to diagnose eye diseases and refer to the proper specialist as needed.  We also treat simple red eye problems, foreign body removals, even glaucoma.  All of this requires proper equipment for sure, and like anything else, some do and some don't.  Anyway, can't wait to get there!

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41 minutes ago, idocdan said:

Mildly off-topic but I will be moving to Lakeside next summer and am a licensed Optometrist in Illinois.  I will be very interested in volunteering time, but wonder if that is even an option.  I understand "eye exams" are given Thursdays at LCS?  NOB, Optometrists are qualified to diagnose eye diseases and refer to the proper specialist as needed.  We also treat simple red eye problems, foreign body removals, even glaucoma.  All of this requires proper equipment for sure, and like anything else, some do and some don't.  Anyway, can't wait to get there!

Now your handle makes sense.

Welcome Dan

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