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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cataract surgery update


Saw this on Pinterest. It said why throw cataract eye patches away
 when they can be useful..
(gross, but funny)

Just a quick update. Had my cataract surgery done Monday. It went fine... despite the fact that I was terribly anxious (just because it was my EYES). When the doctor checked me Tuesday morning, everything was fine. My eyesight without glasses in my left eye is 20/20 and very bright and clear. I did have to wear a clear patch protector over my eye the first day and at night for the first week. 

The only thing that bothers me and is something that will gradually adjust is that with my left eye 20/20 without glasses and my right eye needing glasses, it makes me feel "off"... not dizzy, but oddly unsettled. We did punch out the left lens from my glasses, so that with that eye being good and the lens remaining in the right side, it should help... and does. But it's still "off". Once the right eye has it's surgery (which may be in a few weeks), this should no longer be a problem. 

And the one other thing that bothers me is that there is a fluttering in the far corner of the surgery lens... kind of like I can see the edge of the lens. The doctor told me that it's just the lens getting settled in my eye. Hope so.

It's only the 3rd day. So I guess my eyes are still adjusting. They say it actually takes 6 weeks to heal.  It is astonishing how bright and clear everything is through my left eye.

Anyway, for now I'm wearing my "modified Rx glasses" and some "drugstore reading glasses" around my neck to compensate. 

Those of you who have had cataract surgery and are familiar with all this, please feel free to give advice.

Happy Wednesday!

12 comments:

  1. No advice from me, just sending healing vibes so all settles down and your eye is fine soon. And that everything goes well with your right eye too!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I appreciate that...

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  2. When the other eye surgery is finished
    I bet it will feel great to see 20/20 without glasses;
    sort of like getting some youth back.

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    1. John, I laughed when I read your comment as one of the things I noticed with my new left lens is that I can SEE more wrinkles now... LOL!

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  3. You're right on schedule. Soon you will not notice the edge of the lens any more. Your world will remain a little wonky until your other eye is done; small price. Nice tea strainer.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Joanne. It really made me feel better to know that all this was 'as it should be'.

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  4. Yes, you need the other eye done before you'll be back right as rain. I haven't had it done, but my husband did and I remember well his journey. Glad to know you're over the hump. :-)

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    1. Thanks, DJan. One of the first things my doctor said after the surgery was that now I didn't have to worry about the Narrow Angles and Glaucoma in that eye anymore. That is a relief.

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  5. Yes, that fluttering often happens. The Dr. who did mine said that it just needs a bit of time to get properly seated. It does go away. Not anything to worry about. Glad you came through okay.

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    1. I really appreciate your telling me this. My doctor said the same. And I have to admit that now 'on the 4th day', my eyes seem to be stabilizing a bit more.

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  6. I hadn't thought how having one done at a time would be but it makes sense. I am delighted that you are now 20/20 in the one eye and know you will be glad to get the other one done so you will be stable again. So many have said what a wonderful procedure it is that should I have to have it, I will have no fear. Our vision is so precious.

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    1. It's amazing how our bodies adapt. Each day I feel less off-balance and wonky as I adjust to the new vision. And it is wonderful how clear and bright everything is... (through my left eye).

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