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Friday, February 3, 2012

Secondary Cataract

On Monday, I'll be undergoing this procedure on my right eye — over three years after cataract surgery:


My 1986 experience with posterior capsulotomy was certainly painless and effective. However, seeing and hearing the sizzling inside my head as the capsule burning away was disconcerting. I said, "That sounds like bacon frying inside my head!"

I did have a whopper of a headache for some twenty-four hours and had quite the Draconian schedule with eye drops.

But the results! Stupendous!

I'm looking forward to getting better vision in my right eye. The last several weeks have been tedious as the field of vision on my right has been very cloudy, thus causing eye strain and reduced time on the web.

22 comments:

  1. Modern medicine certainly has improved. Best of luck.

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  2. Hi AOW.
    I Wish you a quick and complete succesfull recovery, Is there someone taking care of Mr AOW while you're at the hospital?

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  3. Will,
    Mr. AOW can stay alone for some 8 hours. I should be at the eye center for about three hours.

    Well, unless he goes on a foray into the kitchen. The other day he went on such a foray, fell, and had to call 911. Around here "I've fallen, and I can't get up" is no joke!

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  4. Oh my, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It must be scary, I hate anyone messing with my eyes and the sound of "bacon sizzling" sounds awful.

    I had my eyes checked recently, I had not been in about 15 years. My vision is pretty good, astigmatism and a slight nearsightednes.

    But the eye doc found that the pressure in both my eyes was much too high, which can indicate, or can lead to, glaucoma. Very scary. He put me on drops.

    He wanted to know my family history on eye problems, my other had cataracts.

    The doc said that eventually everybody gets cataracts, but not everybody gets glaucoma. Well that wasn't comforting for anyone getting older.

    I had my pressure in the eyes checked yesterday after a month on the drops, and it was down several points, but not normal yet. I'll keep using the drops.

    Eye problems can really shake up a person, sight is something that is taken for granted until we have problems.

    I hope all goes well.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  5. Best wishes. You can't slow down now!! It is just starting to get good in the Blogosphere. :))

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  6. As FJ said, thank God medical technology has improved much since you last had this done...

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  7. I'll be thinking of you. I had laser Glaucoma surgery about 15 years ago. Worked perfectly and I haven't looked back.

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  8. Bunkerville,
    If this procedure goes as I expect it will, I won't be cutting back for long.

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  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you darlin'.

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  10. I'll be thinking about you -- and praying for you, AOW. I feel especially close to your situation, because of the eye problems I told you about the other day.

    I wish there were some way you could get some [temporary] help in the home till you have recovered completely. Is that a possibility?

    While the YAG laser thing is considered a "minor" procedure, it still puts added strain on you. If I were anywhere near, I'd offer to come over and cook for you and help keep Mr. AOW company. Unfortunately that's not a physical possibility.

    Do I hear a sigh of relief coming through the computer? ;-)

    Anyway, the very best of luck to you. Just remember "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble ..." and all will be well.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  11. All my eye surgeries (eight) were done as a kid. I'm sure the last 30+ years of advances in eye doctorin' will have you shootin' the balls off of mosquitoes at 20 yards in no time :)

    Good luck!

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  12. Quick and complete recovery to you, and hope to see you back soon.
    --edge of the sandbox

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  13. I'll be praying all goes as well as it usually does! Good luck, Always! xx

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  14. All prayers and good wishes appreciated!

    By this time tomorrow, I expect to be able to see better.

    The task I've been putting off: getting together my tax figures. I absolutely must be able to see the whole page in focus to accomplish this task with accuracy!

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  15. I trust all will go well. If it doesn't give me the name, address and some photos of the doctor.....

    Just kidding. But keep an eye on him/her if you'll pardon the expression. ;-)

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  16. "Let nothing disturb thee
    Nothing affright thee.
    All things are passing.
    God never changeth.
    Patient endurance attaineth to all things.
    In whom God pleaseth
    In nothing is lacking.
    Alone God sufficeth."


    ~ St. Teresa - from Lines Written in Her Breviary
    Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    May these words comfort, strengthen and sustain you in your present need, AOW, as they have me through many a crisis.

    God bless you, and Mr. AOW.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  17. Hope you're seeing like an eagle now, AOW.

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