First Cataract Surgery: Final (Planned) Report

I had the one month (and last planned) follow-up today about the cataract surgery on my right eye. I learned a few things (more on that later), but the news was all good (at least to me).

Healing has gone well. No need to continue the Prednisone eye drops (which, per instructions, were discontinued after Monday’s application). Pupil has returned to its prior recalcitrance, not dilating with the first application of the drops designed for said purpose. Pressure in the eye itself is “normal”, as is the case with the left eye. Eyesight measured at 20/25 (last time it was “measured” in these terms, it was 20/850 before cataracts happened ), may actually get to 20/20 over the next six months. All good.

Now, for things I learned. Due to the size of the cataract, it was necessary to make an incision in the sclera, rather than in the lens itself, to remove it. As several students got to see (with my readily granted permission; as you folks know, I’m all about education), there is a suture there (in good shape and will eventually dissolve) which explains the bloodshot appearance of that part of the eye. Due to the size of the cataract (and will be true on the left eye, too), iris hooks were needed to position the iris correctly when the artificial lens was being implanted. Finally, as I suspected, the 14.5 power of the lens relates to its strength. Given all the above, it was pronounced by the resident and students present that I was quite fortunate to end up with vision so near 20/20, it being a high probability the vision would not recover so well.

So, fnord and PP, you now know my experience, which was a bit atypical in parts, but totally “normal” in other ways. If either of you has this surgery to consider in the near future, I hope my tale has relieved some anxiety.

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10 responses to “First Cataract Surgery: Final (Planned) Report

  1. Anxiety keeps me together! 🙂 I go to my regular doctor next month. I like and respect him so I’ll listen and value his opinion on whether the time is now. I’m so tickled about your journey and I just know the next eye will follow an equally successful path!

  2. Thanks for update….and may I add my hip, hip, hoorah for your recovery and awesome results.

  3. I am without words to describe my contempt for these c**ksuckers:

  4. The U.S. House has resorted to their ‘war on women,” it seems it’s all they know how to do. Women are fighting back! No more, republicans! It’s over for you, we’ve had it!

    Republicans Want to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks. Here’s How One Group Is Fighting Back
    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/nancy-northup-abortion-franks-supreme-court

    • There are a bunch of great comments to the article linked above! Here’s a sample:

      “Ah, the American Conservative….all for less government intrusion, as long as we’re talking about guns and bank accounts. Now, your sex lives and your lady parts…..now THAT’S a different story. Because apparently, nothing says “FREEEEDOOOMMMM” quite like having a transvaginal ultrasound wand placed in your vagina because some freedom-loving, Bible-humping Republican’t wants it there.”

      “And of course after birth they are all in favor of killing real living people and babies as any war will do.

      It’s as if all of that religious sanctity just wears off by 18 years and we can send then to die to save a corporations profits and assets.”

      “Actually due their own wealth, House Republicans know that in a pinch their wives, daughters, and mistresses can traipse up to Canada to have the procedures.

      The poverty argument doesn’t work because those for profit prisons aren’t going to just fill themselves without poverty and economic inequality.”

      “Thank you thank you thank you! I totally agree: we NEED a federal mandate that stops this kind of garbage cold. It’s past time they stopped treating women as incubators, as second-class citizens, as ancillary to men. It’s past time they stopped getting between us and our doctors and mandating the healthcare for *our* bodies. It’s past time that the federal government quit letting a religious minority manipulate states in their national campaign to take over.”

      There is no “week” when a woman is a baby warehouse. It is her body and nobody has control nor authority other than her.

      Trying to control another’s body is slavery.

      It is a matter for the woman and she is capable of making her own decisions about her body.”

  5. Glad to hear it is going good.