I have heard of people having cataract surgery
but no one close that I know
and really did not know what to expect.
Eye sight is fine by most standards.
Being an avid reader it was beginning to not
be as pleasurable.
No problem with computer
but noticed when driving that I had to be a lot closer
to read small signs.
Doctor told me if my lifestyle did not include
the love of reading that I could wait a while for this eye surgery.
If I wanted reading to be more pleasurable to have it done.
5 weeks ago my right eye was done
You check into hospital about an hour before surgery,
put on hospital gown, items placed on you in case of heart problem and IV started.
About 3 series of eye drops are put in your eye.
The nurse commented how good I was
that I did not even blink my eyes.
Medication given to relax you but you are able to follow directions
So you are half way aware
of what is going on.
I was aware of a lot of different color lights flashing and could hear a lot of water
if this makes sense. Laser is a new experience.
I remember wanting to scratch my nose and guess I started to move
my hand and the doctor sharply said - "do not move."
Also remember when it was finished having a lot of tape pulled off of my face
and I had the thought "hope they are not taking any skin." :)
Procedure only takes about 30 minutes or less,
wheeled back to room, blood pressure checked and you prepare
to have someone drive you home. You still feel slightly medicated.
Restrictions include no heavy lifting and do not do anything
strenuous for a week. Do not rub my eye, keep water out it, gently pat with cloth to clean
and I wear an eye shield at night for one week to keep me from
unconsciously rubbing my eye.
Have 4 different eye drops that are used 3 and 4 times daily for a month.
So helpful with the chart that was given to me and can be marked off.
In big letters I wrote which eye
so I would not make a mistake and put them in the wrong eye :)
Left eye was done this past Monday.
I was nervous preparing for the first eye to be done not knowing what to expect.
The second eye knew what to expect and was fine.
I have experienced no pain, eye feels a little heavy at times for a couple of days.
Also I wear sunglasses when not in house because bright light bothers my eyes.
The day after this procedure you still feel slightly medicated but within
24 hours you feel about normal.
Do not like this feeling and is the
same as other times I have been put partially to sleep.
Thankful that after 24 hours back to normal.
Yesterday after 3 days, grocery shopped, gas in car, made a stop to renewed car tag,
trash drop off and stopped at jewelry store to leave off my chain that holds my cross.
The chain is long and when bending over it caught on a plant. This is something I have worn
for 40 years and miss it.
A good morning and was pleased to arrive back at home to Miss Callie.
My youngest daughter Jamie was with me for the first eye being done
and my middle daughter Beth for the recent procedure.
Beth is a registered nurse and was very impressed with this small hospital
that is close to where I live she lives and works in the big city near Jamie.
Thank you both for taking the time to be with me and bringing me home.
Glad this is over
and although it only takes a few hours with the going, having it done and returning home
you do have a couple of months with eye drops and returning for check ups for both eyes.
If you did not know anything about this procedure
Now you do....