Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cataract Surgery a Success

My appointment wasn't until 9 but i arrived early. Why do I do this? I wasn't wheeled into surgery until 11:30. The anesthesiologist, who has 36 years of experienced couldn't find a suitable area for an i.v. to deliver the conscious sedation. He poked, he prodded. He tried 4 spots until he hit gold, but not before trying my foot which sear. I was ready to call the rd with pain, so much so that I cried out and the nurse ran over to hold me hand."Do you think you can do this without sedation?," he asked. I did receive many lydocaine sticks in the eye area. I said I didn't think it would be a good idea.
He apologized of course, and the next hole worked.

Surgery proceeded but took a long time. Because I use the PROSE lens for moisture issues, they had to put a lot more sutures in. I felt every one of the babies. It was maybe a 6 on a scale of 10 and it went on for 30 minutes. No one seemed alarmed by my grunting and moaning, so I couldn't escape the pain. I shouldered through and after it was all over, my eye felt fine.

Dianne picked me up and we took a cab the short distance to my apartment. She walked Buck while I went into the bathroom to see the wreck of my face. I couldn't wear glasses because they didn't fit over the eye patch. I ate, I listened to some Olympic competitions. I went to bed early.

This morning they took the patch off and the vision it that eye is 20/50. I am typing this with no glasses on, my right eye doing 80% of the work. We still have to work out the whole PROSE deal, and I can't do yga for a week, but some progress has been made.

7 comments:

Ronni Gordon said...

Glad it worked, but the procedure sounds awful! You'd think that with a relatively common surgery they could get it right.

Private Hospital said...

The small incision size used in phacoemulsification (2-3mm) often allows "sutureless" wound closure. ECCE utilises a larger wound (10-12mm) and therefore usually requires stitching, although sutureless ECCE is also in use.

toby magmire said...

Cataract surgery is the best option to solve cataract problem and if people don't get surgery in short time then they can loss their eye.

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Thaddeus Harrod said...

Congrats on your operation! And the rate of your improvement is quite impressive. Are your eyes completely healed? The first week after the surgery is a critical. You are advised against doing strenuous activities like sports and gym. Also, it is advisable to wear a patch or a pair of eyeglasses to protect your eyes for the next four weeks or so. And most importantly, do not forget to take your medical drops exactly as directed, and contact your doctor if anything unusual happens after the surgery.

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Cami Hood said...

I think it doesn’t matter even if you feel some discomfort during the procedure. What matters now is that your eyes are back to normal! Congratulations on both the successful eye surgery and for the fact that you don’t have to use eye glasses anymore to do things such as typing and reading. That was really good news! :D