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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This Ancient Seer

On the 10th of June I made my way to the nearby eye clinic and had the cataract of my right eye removed. Now for the first time since the age of 9 or 10, I have perfect vision in that eye. On the 24th of June the second eye will be 'under the laser'!

I entered the clinic at 9 O'clock sharp and left at Noon. The procedure itself took all of 15 minutes! I experienced absolutely no pain, though the injection that left the eye numb and immobile was not exactly pleasant. During the operation my eye was focused on a very bright light that moved around and at one point I heard the very high drone of what sounded like a drill. Later it was a bit disconcerting to discover that the pupil of the eye was frozen in a position looking toward the upper right while the other looked pefectly normal! After lunch I took a nap and by the time I got up the anaesthetic had worn off and the eye was looking normal again.

I can now SEE CLEARLY with my right eye! The optician put a clear lens in my glasses and so I have pretty good use of both eyes now. The good eye is doing most of the work because cataracts really do make it difficult to see... I can now read the towns and temperatures on the weather map! And subtitles! Trees have well-defined leaves. I will, however, need reading glasses. The good news is that I will be able to use the same glasses for the computer as well as for the book. Yesterday, I went back to the clinic for a check up to ensure that all is going along well and they can proceed with the second eye on Monday.

It is astonishing how quickly the eye settled down. Things are a little weird because of the difference between the vision in the two eyes and the fact that the left eye still has a cataract. However, the day after the operation I attended a lecture about Buddhism and was easily able to take notes!

Now if only modern medicine would come up with a 15 minute treatment for the aches and pains of old age to go with my 'young' eye(s). It is quite bizarre to walk around with the vision of youth and the body creaking and groaning with every step...

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  1. That's good news! Wishing you all the best with the second operation. These operations are really 'eye openers', aren't they - well so I've heard because I never had one and hope I won't need it either. Take care. Martine

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    1. "Eye Openers" -- exactly right, Martine!

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  2. What good news. I'm sure the next op will go just as smoothly.

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  3. I had both eyes done with corrective lenses this fall. Now I don't need glasses to read, and only need them for distance but can get by without them all together if I have to. Only problem is I used to never lose my glasses because I needed them at all times (they were tri-focals), now I forget them a lot and can't always find them (most times they are on the top of my head, but going from foggy to clear is a nice change.

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    1. I suspect, I will have the same problem, Joeh! There is a certain comfort when I put on my glasses now -- for the other eye -- and at night I feel as though I need to take out a 'contact lens' -- it's quite weird!

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  4. Dear Broad, I so glad for you that all went well. I had both of my eyes done in November 2009 and I've been so pleased with the results. Like you, I now wear glasses only for reading and for the computer. And often I forget to wear glasses while on the computer. I've even found that I can read a book easily if I hold it farther away than usual. Peace.

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    1. It will be interesting to see just how much I will need the reading/computer glasses -- I'm thinking of getting 'transition' lenses so that I can read in the sun.

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  5. That is great news for you; I hope the second eye goes equally well. I'm due to visit my eye doctor soon, and I hope he can do something to help my somewhat failing eyes. I've had a bit of trouble reading street and highway signs until I'm right on top of them, and at baseball games this season I find I can't see the outfielders clearly - or the smaller print on the scoreboard. My problems may not include cataracts, though.

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    1. Your symptoms sound very much like mine -- not being able to read signs until almost on top of them. Last year I was barely able to read the driving reading test when I was renewing my license. Don't think I would have passed this year.

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  6. This sounds wonderful. How incredible that something so life changing can be undertaken in 15 minutes. Excellent. J.

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    1. Yes, the short time it all takes is amazing. I am so pleased.

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  7. Like yesterday I can hear mom saying "I can see," and buying 20 count Aida cloth for a needle point project. I'm smiling for you, too,

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    1. Thanks Joanne! I am hoping it won't affect my ability to do close up work -- my short-sightedness has meant that I have had no trouble reading or sewing without glasses -- so that will definitely be a change...

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  8. I know half a dozen people who have had this procedure and all consider it a miracle. Cataracts run in my family so I'll probably have this done sooner or later. Glad it went so well for you. Take care.

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    1. I know just how your friends feel!

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  9. That's great news! I'm so pleased it has gone smoothly. On to the other eye! Take care.

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    1. Thanks! Must admit, I'll be glad when it's over!

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  10. That's brilliant. I apparently have cataracts starting too. Must be so great to be able to chuck your glasses.

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    1. It's a great thought that I may be able to chuck the glasses -- but methinks I'll take a while to 'normal' without them!

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  11. I also have cataracts and will eventually have this surgery done, too. It's so wonderful to hear how great your experience has been. My husband is extremely happy with his, done seven years ago. My vision can still be corrected with glasses, so I guess once that is no longer the case, I'll be a candidate as well! :-)

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    1. As long as you can see well enough to drive and read the tv screen, I expect you can avoid the surgery. It is certainly a lot simpler and safer than it used to be -- not so very long ago.

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  12. I’m terrified that my cataract op could go wrong, because I only have one good eye. So I’m waiting, waiting, until i cannot see to drive any more.

    Congratulations on your successful op and I hope the other one will be just as easy. Must be wonderful to see clearly. I don’t think i ever have.

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    1. Not being able to see to drive is what motivated me to have the op. I can certainly understand your apprehension. One thing at least, the surgery is now far less dangerous than only a few years ago. But no procedure is 100% guaranteed, unfortunately. I don't remember being able to see clearly -- though I had my first pair of glasses around the age of 10 or 11, I needed them quite a long time before -- didn't want my parents to know because I though having to wear glasses was a terrible thing!

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  13. Interesting and quite reassuring to read your description. I am absolutely paranoid about anyting whatever to do with my eyes so if I get a cataract (which most people eventually seem to do) I am not sure what I would do.

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    1. Hopefully, you'll be able to cope when and if the time comes -- since only one eye is done at a time it's a bit more reassuring.

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  14. Lovely result. Mother had her's done in her nineties and it has really improved her daily life.

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    1. I think my Mom was in her 90's when she had hers done. It's really strange to see her not needing glasses after all these years! She also had laser surgery that cured her glaucoma -- all in the doctor's office!

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  15. Hi Broad,
    Great news that the op went well and that your vision is so much clearer. I bet you can't wait for the final op to give you that 20/20 vision - unless you are reading! Good luck.

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    1. Gaynor, I will be quite happy to have the second op over and done with! I'm fortunate that the surgeon didn't want to wait the usual 6 weeks and that the first eye is progressing so well.

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  16. I'm so glad the first op went so well, Broad, and hope the second goes just as smoothly and successfully. It must be amazing to be able to see so clearly so quickly. I'm lucky in that only one eye is affected at the moment, but am looking forward very much to being able to see again with it, even if it will still need glasses.

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    1. Yes, getting rid of the blurriness is absolutely the best part of the whole thing. The vision improvement is really just a bonus. It's quite interesting to compare the two eyes -- when the left is using glasses. With the 'done' eye I can see so much detail and with the left so much blurriness.

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  17. So glad you've had a good experience. My husband had both eyes done ten years ago,with excellent results. I love how the medical profession had improved!

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    1. It's amazing how this surgery has developped -- in the 1980's my father had his cataracts removed -- with disastrous results for the second eye. Now the procedure is completely different...

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  18. thanks for this great information. One always worries about having surgery on one's eyes.

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    1. The nearest thing I can compare it to is going to the dentist! Not exactly pleasant, but not as bad as you might think!

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  19. Glad the surgery went well, even if it was a bit disconcerting. I had lenses replaced in both eyes a couple of years ago. I can drive without my glasses now (thought I prefer to wear them); I only need them for reading or working on the computer.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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    1. It's really amazing, is't it Rob-Bear?

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