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Forum topic by Sawdust2 posted 07-19-2010 04:11 AM 1378 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2010 04:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: eyeglasses eye surgery cataracts resource

I threw away my eyeglasses the other day.
I’ve worn glasses for so long (over 55 years) that I do not remember any time that I didn’t wear them.
Earlier this year I went to the optometrist to get a new prescription. It had been 8 years since the last change.
He suggested that I see an eye doctor as I had a little glaucoma.
The eye doc was not so concerned about the glaucoma as he was the cataract.
Well, medicare will take care of it so he said to come back when it bothered me.
A couple of months go by and my left eye begins to look like I’m looking through cheesecloth. The glare from the headlights at night is bothersome. Depth perception is askew. It’s bothering me. Time for the cataract surgery.
A couple of visits. Eye measurements. Pre-op instructions.
10 days of eyelid wipes to fend off infection. 4 days of eye drops, also to help prevent infection.

Then comes the day of surgery. Arrive at 7:30. Fill out a few forms. Make sure I know what is going to happen. Make sure everyone knows which eye. Mark above the eye. A little general anaesthesia to keep me calm. Local when he gets to the eye.

Now I’m looking up at three really bright lights. Doc’s head appears every now and then. Red shadow around the lights, then a yellow shadow, then a blue shadow. I guess that was before he took the old lens out, when there was no lens and then with the new lens.

30 minutes of rest while the anaesthetic wears off. A little more instructions on after care and my wife drives me home before noon.

As I look out my left eye everything is bright and clear and sharp. When I look out my right eye everything has a yellow gray tint and is blurry. For years my wife has been telling me how distinguished my graying hair is becoming. I never saw it. That’s because the gray tint was the same as the gray hair so I never saw it. Looks pretty distinguishing if I do say so myself.

It’s like a teenager discovering sex. I didn’t know what I was missing but once I found out I couldn’t get enough. The gradual lose of vision was not bothersome but now that I know what things really look like I can’t wait to get the other eye done. 9 more days.

Now Norm’s admonition: “The most important thing is to wear your safety glasses” is something I have to pay attention to.

I’ve got 5 days to play in the shop before the pre-op stuff starts. Then I have to wait another week.

So I offer this for those who have this in their future. Or who have family members that are concerned or concerned for. Now if they could only do this for my cardiac system I could fly again.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 04:25 AM

Heh, sounds like my father-in-law! He died at 85 with 20/20 vision due to that cataract surgery. Of course, his accommodation was bad, so he needed glasses for close work, but he didn’t need glasses to drive. Amazing.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 04:49 AM

Congratulations on your newfound vision.

Good luck on the second one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 02:27 PM

Glad everything is going well! Best of luck on the second surgery. Our prayers for a speedy recovery and quality time in the shop.

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 02:43 PM

best in the next one too !

glad you are having fun with the new sex ,

wait until it’s in stereo !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 03:56 PM

Congratulations, Lee!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 04:02 PM

Great news…congrats on the vision. I hope it all works out for you.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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