“I could never do that,” Don said, shuddering. “I can’t even put in contact lens.”
Yesterday my friend Don picked me up after right eye surgery to give me a ride home. We stopped for dinner at a restaurant first.
At 51, I had cataract surgery. “Your cataracts were from growing up on a lake in Michigan with all that reflection,” the eye doctor said.
“An after-cataract can develop months or years after cataract surgery. An after-cataract is treated with a laser. Your doctor uses a laser to make a tiny hole in the eye tissue behind the lens to let light pass through. This outpatient procedure is called a YAG laser capsulotomy.”
Blurry vision. Hiking, I noticed it when descending steep trails. You must see where to place each foot. It's a safety issue. Sewing, I wear a headlamp. A lighted magnifier is great for removing stitches, especially black-on-black. Driving at night was terrible.
Pre-surgery, I spent an hour having my eyes tested and measured in detail. Funnily, I mentally heard the "Jaws" shark sound effect as the surgeon pushed the laser toward my face.
Holding still was the hardest part. He deftly slipped in a circle propping open my eyelids. Wide awake with my eye dilated, I leaned against forehead and chin rests. I had to stare at a bright red light while the surgeon worked for 10 minutes.They used pain-killing eye drops.
“We’ll see if your insurance will pay for surgery on your left eye,” he said.
Arriving home, I collapsed and slept for two hours. Too much nervous tension. My right eye was still dilated and the eyeball throbbed.
This morning I awoke with better vision. Everything is sharply outlined. I'm thrilled!
“Your vision will continue to improve over the next three days,” the surgeon said.
Congrats and continued wishes for speedy healing. I had lasik on both mine after being legally blind without glasses for decades. Couldn't do contacts, the time I tried was hard lenses and cut the inside of my eyelids because of the severity of nearsightedness and astigmatism. Best thing I ever did. They also clamped my eyes and head for surgery. Fifteen years later, I'm almost 60 and still don't need readers. Science is wonderful!
It's called a nuclear cataract. I also had this issue. A racquet ball injury created a cataract in one eye (another pain/gain episodes in my life). I had terrible eyesight and had the lenses in both eyes replaced and got 20/20 vision on one eye and 20/15 in the other. A radial karatonomy took care of astigmatism in one eye. Years later the cloudiness came back and I was told it went 'nuclear.' Was also told no big deal and an opening was available right then and a few minutes sitting behind a machine, zap, zap done. A year later the other eye was done. It took a while for all the fruit flies (floaters) to finally disappear. Isn't life interesting???
BTW, I was told by the doctor cataracts are often a build up of proteins in the lenses. Vegetarians apparently have a lower incidence of cataracts than non-vegetarians.