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    Hi, when I had my eye surgery Monday there was a question on latex allergy. I didn't check it, because I wasn't sure.

    Does it mean an allergy to the tape used after the surgery? As in sticky big bandage type tape? I thought I'd have a patch over my eye, but ended up with the patch along with so much tape that it looked more like a Phantom of the Opera mask.

    When they removed that tape, the skin on my face was super red and itchy. I noticed that the tape the doc gave me to attach this stupid little plastic patch over my eye at night said "latex free", so was wondering if that's what they were talking about?

    My skin is super sensitive so thought I'd best find out before the 2nd eye is done.
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    Did you have cataract surgery? I had it done in my right eye last year. I got a cataract from all the steroid drops I've had to put in that eye from UVeitis.

    Yes they were asking that because some of the tape they use is latex. Next eye just say yes and they will use latex free tape.

    How is your eye doing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BEG View Post
    Did you have cataract surgery? I had it done in my right eye last year. I got a cataract from all the steroid drops I've had to put in that eye from UVeitis.

    Yes they were asking that because some of the tape they use is latex. Next eye just say yes and they will use latex free tape.

    How is your eye doing?
    Thanks, will change the questionaire and make sure that they give me that latex free tape.

    It went well, but I look like a raccoon. I've got really dark circles under both eyes but they're getting better. My concealer hasn't passed the test--not doing that much.

    I have to take 3 different drops 3x a day. They burn at first, but make my eye feel better. Couldn't believe the vision improvement in the right eye. It's such a bright, lovely world with my right eye. I was able to read to the bottom of the eye chart the morning after surgery.

    The doc here isn't a cataract specialist--he's renowned as a neuro-opthamologist. SR has gone to him since the stroke. He's really excellent. One of the other docs in the office told me he's unusual--has set aside Monday for cataracts. I'm so lucky to have gotten him and not gone to one of the production line cataract docs here, the land of the retired.

    My cataracts were little baby ones til I got here. The doc told me that my prescription sunglasses were in too small of a frame. I'm outside in the really bright light for quite a while volunteering at Mote. Maybe that helped make them suddenly thick. I couldn't see to drive at night. It was hell taking SR to the doc in March at night in a bad rainstorm. We're lucky we got there in one piece.

    Did you get one eye or both done? the doc here is doing a distance lens in the right eye and reading one in the left. Here's hoping my brain does the coordination.
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    Another possibility is that you are allergic to the tape adhesive itself, rather than the bandage material, which is what they refer to when they say 'latex free'.
    My wife and daughter have that same problem.

    Recommendation: insist on paper tape.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    Thanks, will change the questionaire and make sure that they give me that latex free tape.

    It went well, but I look like a raccoon. I've got really dark circles under both eyes but they're getting better. My concealer hasn't passed the test--not doing that much.

    I have to take 3 different drops 3x a day. They burn at first, but make my eye feel better. Couldn't believe the vision improvement in the right eye. It's such a bright, lovely world with my right eye. I was able to read to the bottom of the eye chart the morning after surgery.

    The doc here isn't a cataract specialist--he's renowned as a neuro-opthamologist. SR has gone to him since the stroke. He's really excellent. One of the other docs in the office told me he's unusual--has set aside Monday for cataracts. I'm so lucky to have gotten him and not gone to one of the production line cataract docs here, the land of the retired.

    My cataracts were little baby ones til I got here. The doc told me that my prescription sunglasses were in too small of a frame. I'm outside in the really bright light for quite a while volunteering at Mote. Maybe that helped make them suddenly thick. I couldn't see to drive at night. It was hell taking SR to the doc in March at night in a bad rainstorm. We're lucky we got there in one piece.

    Did you get one eye or both done? the doc here is doing a distance lens in the right eye and reading one in the left. Here's hoping my brain does the coordination.
    No, my other eye is fine and I'm near sighted in my left so my doctor put a lens for distance in my right. My brain adjusted to it very easy. I think you will really like it.

    I have a few concealer recommendations if you want, let me know and I will list them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MstrBlue View Post
    Another possibility is that you are allergic to the tape adhesive itself, rather than the bandage material, which is what they refer to when they say 'latex free'.
    My wife and daughter have that same problem.

    Recommendation: insist on paper tape.

    Good luck!
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    They also ask the question because they usually use latex gloves.
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    The adhesive on the tape can contain latex, you are not even safe with a paper backed tape unless it is certified latex free, I am not aware of any bandage tape backing that contains latex, they are either cloth or paper, the latex is in the adhesive.
    I worked for 3m tape division for a year and 3m magnetic tape division for another year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BEG View Post
    No, my other eye is fine and I'm near sighted in my left so my doctor put a lens for distance in my right. My brain adjusted to it very easy. I think you will really like it.

    I have a few concealer recommendations if you want, let me know and I will list them.
    I'd appreciate any recommendations. My little 5 yr old grandson and 3 yr old granddaughter & my son and DIL are coming for a brief visit this coming Friday. The little guy is like a typical little kid, says anything that pops into his little head. I hate for him to see me with the raccoon face and the red skin. We haven't seen them since November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    The adhesive on the tape can contain latex, you are not even safe with a paper backed tape unless it is certified latex free, I am not aware of any bandage tape backing that contains latex, they are either cloth or paper, the latex is in the adhesive.
    I worked for 3m tape division for a year and 3m magnetic tape division for another year.
    What would be the best thing to request other than no latex? Maybe there is no solution.

    I found something called Bach's Rescue Cream, made in the UK, a very old line product at a place called Max-Wellness here. it really helps as a moisturizer and to sooth the skin. It's helped ease the burning on my skin where the bandages had been.

    The formula in liquid form was prescribed by a vet for my dog, Blue, who was epileptic. I'd put a couple of drops in his mouth after a seizure and it helped him come out of it.
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