Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cataract Surgery

On February 17th I'm having cataract surgery on my right eye. For many months my vision has gotten cloudier and cloudier. As you can see by the photographs above the difference from normal vision and cataract vision. I can attest to the fact that I'm seeing the world through a cataract. Not fun. My doctor has been waiting for it to get ripe and that has finally happened. This surgery takes just a few minutes (about 10) to complete and when the bandage comes off the next day there will be an immediate improvement. I'm so looking forward to this procedure.

Here's Wikipedia's definition of a cataract:
A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataract the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both the eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other.
My doctor already told me that within one to two years my left eye will need cataract surgery. I don't care about that right now. I'm hoping for some good vision for at least a little while before the other eye decides to go south. I'll keep you posted.

47 comments:

  1. My mom had that and was all worried about it, but everything went fine and she was glad she had it done. I'm not there yet. Take care and wish you success with your surgery!

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  2. You are lucky! I have hypermetropy and will see as you are seeing now forever.
    I'm sure everything will be fine with your surgery and you will recover quickly!
    Love,
    Ana

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  3. I have assisted a surgery of cataract removal and thank God it was successful.. i wish you all the best.. it's really nice to have a healthy vision right? you could see the beauty of the world clearly... :)

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  4. My Dad just had his done a few months ago and I've got lots of friends who've had it done. It's amazing how quickly it can be done! Good for you!

    Big hugs xo

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  5. Sandee,
    you will say yay, hip hip hooray, afterward, then you will say "where the hell did this come from" and notice all the little things that were missing as well, you are blessed and a blessing.
    BIG BIG HUGS

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  6. My father had this done several years ago and it was a piece of cake. Quick little surgery and the next morning his vision was clear as day! Good luck with it.

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  7. Sweetie, I'll be praying for you and the eye team for complete success. I know it will happen and you'll see clearly again.

    Sending big hugs your way!

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  8. Good to get it done - easy peasy surgery these days - Prayers and good thoughts go out to you...

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  9. Good to get it done - easy peasy surgery these days - Prayers and good thoughts go out to you...

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  10. It is a minor surgery nowadays! My prayers for a speedy recovery!

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  11. oh i wish your speedy recovery Sandee.

    hugs and kisses.

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  12. Today's surgery techniques make this a minor and fast procedure with a quick recovery time you'll be really pleased with the results. My Mom had this done recently and it was smooth sailing and she was really happy with result.

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  13. Surgery...yuck!
    Hope it all goes well. Will put you on my prayer list...

    HUGS...

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  14. Lots of luck to you and we will all be thinking about you. It doesn't sound too bad but I am not having it done. That is one thing that hasn't happened to me yet. Just think how much better everything is going to look. Have a great day.

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  15. I wish you well. Eye surgery can't be much fun, but the results will be welcomed, I'm sure. Take care.

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  16. I hope the surgery goes well for you.

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  17. My mom had it done and she was so glad. You get to wear cool dark sunglasses for awhile, plus you can see again. It's a good thing!

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  18. Don't worry. I know a lot of really old people that have it done. They can see fine now. That's about all they can do, but they can. Hope this helped.

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  19. My only advice is not to put any weight on it, which means getting falling down drunk is probably not a good idea.

    BTW, if you ever rupture an ear drum and have to get it fixed, do what I did and ask the doctor to cut the patch from your buttock.

    It works just as well as other skin and I get the added advantage of walking around with my ass stuck up my head.

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  20. sarge had this and he got some special lens and now has 20/15 vision in both eyes and he said the colors are so much brighter! he is very happy!

    i know you will be relieved when it is over. i'll be with you in spirit honey.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoox

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  21. I am just glad that it ripened. I can't imagine how hard that is to see with a cataract.

    It is only minor surgery when it is happening to someone else. I will keep you in my prayers. May clear vision be yours soon.

    Big Hugs back to you Sandee.
    Pam

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  22. I am just glad that it ripened. I can't imagine how hard that is to see with a cataract.

    It is only minor surgery when it is happening to someone else. I will keep you in my prayers. May clear vision be yours soon.

    Big Hugs back to you Sandee.
    Pam

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  23. maybe you could wear a black patch and get Zane to swab the decks!

    just kidding...I'll make a note and keep you in prayer on the 17th.

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  24. LOLOLOL @ Dr. Faustroll!!! ... hee hee heeeee!

    and Amen to what Buggy's and so many others said.

    My mom had it done several years back. I remember how cloudy both of her eyes had gotten, and when I visited her a couple of days after the surgery they were CRYSTAL CLEAR! AND SHE HAD BETTER THAN 20 20 VISION.

    You'll love your result sweets!

    xoxooxox

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  25. I'm sure you'll see your way clear to better vision *ducking boos and throwd eye patches*.

    Success to you!

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  26. This morning I weigh 160.5 ... however I've had days and days in a row of 163, 163.5, 164, 164.5 ... etc. etc. etc. With a random low number thrown in there. The random low numbers give me hope ... to me they point to the direction I'm heading, no matter how infrequently they appear. The high numbers always seem like: "even though they show up as often or possibly more often than the low numbers, they do NOT indicate the direction I am going" ... lol ... I'm DEFINITELY going DOWN. And so are YOU, my friend. And I mean our weights ... not US. just sayin'. That could have sounded weird if I hadn't clarified. yikes.

    Big hugs!

    I love you Sandee!

    xoxoxoox

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  27. Ooooh. And thanks for sharing that little blurb about cataracts. I had no idea that color was affected. Especially the color blue.

    Cool!

    Think how pretty the sea will be after your surgery.

    :)

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  28. My father had this, as well as a couple of my grandparents, and I guess it's become a pretty routine and predictable procedure...Still, I wish you best success and healing! I'd be totally sunk without my eyes...

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  29. Best wishes to you, I'll be thinking of you

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  30. Sending big hugs, hope all goes well!

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  31. My father was an ophthalmologist (I worked in his office) and cataracts were his specialty. He'd do two in the morning before seeing patients and then two during his lunch hour. Recovery was always easy and relatively fast.

    Good luck I'm sure everything will be great.

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  32. Truly an amazing procedure now, that is almost as easy has getting up in the morning and making coffee. I am so glad you will be able to see better. Maybe they leaks in the boat will be easier to stop now :-)

    BIG HUGS and a prayer for a quick and easy procedure.

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  33. Having to look through one eye like that would drive me totally crazy! I'm so glad that you can get it fixed quickly and that's their immediate improvement.

    I bet you are counting down the days!

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  34. I'll be praying for you and the doc! Much luck!

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  35. My thoughts are with you Sandee!!
    Have a speedy recovery!

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  36. Sorry for your problems Sandee. But if I know you, you will be all healed up in no time!! :)

    Love and hugs and we will get though this in no time! Plus you rock!!! :)

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  37. Good luck with the surgery Sandee.

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  38. Sandee,Both Celestine and I have had this surgery,in both of our eyes.Just remember NO HEAVY LIFTING SFTER THE SURGERY.

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  39. Do follow the Doc's advice and everything will be fine...

    take care and God bless ya mate... cheers...

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  40. I am glad you are getting it done. Its no fun seeing the world that way. I wish you a quick recovery...:)

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  41. Here I been wondering all day about your surgery as I thought it was for today not next week, duh. I need to get my eyes checked ;-)

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  42. Sandee,
    croos my fingers your eyes will be fixed bakc to normal;))

    love from
    A and T
    Oslo

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  43. Isn't it amazing what is available to us medically through technology?

    Several years ago, I had lasik surgery on my eyes (I was so nearsighted that I had to hold writing all the way up to the point of touching my nose to see without contacts or glasses). I was pretty scared about having a procedure on my eyes but it was sort of a breeze. I pray that you have an easy experience too!

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  44. God bless ... big hugs from Shoal

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  45. It is truly amazing how quickly cataract surgery can be done and also, how fast the recovery time for that surgery is now too! And aren't you really excited about that part -fast surgery, fast recovery! Thanks for posting this too as it just reminds me I need to make an appointment for a check-up for my eyes and new glasses which I know I'm gonna need cause these I have just aren't cutting the mustard any more! Peace.

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  46. Best wishes from Romania!

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