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surgery, I didn't know how much in peril my eyesight was because of a retinal detachment.
The detachment that I had affected the macula! Often, detachments involving the macula can be improved only to a 30% restoration of sight.
I was lucky — “very lucky” according to my ophthalmologist.
More than luck was involved, of course. I had a retinal surgeon who consistently obtains excellent results, particularly if patients follow his post-op instructions exactly.
Is my vision perfect? No. Right now, I have good visual acuity correctable with an eyeglass to 20/30, which could improve or worsen. I do have some visual distortion: straight lines are significantly wavy. This waviness might get better — or it might get worse. Time will tell.
My retinal surgeon explained why waviness is inevitable after a retinal detachment involving the macula: “When the retina detaches from the macula, it's as if blades of grass have been cut. The reattachment procedure pastes the blades of grass back on, but they don't line up exactly.”
I still have some eye discomfort, and various stresses affect my vision adversely from time to time. I also have occasional attacks of ache and stabbing pain. Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops, which FreeThinke advised me to try, help me to get through the bad patches.
I may face another surgery to reposition the intraocular lens placed during my 1984 cataract surgery. But for now, all is stable. I'm so grateful.