Last year I had cataract and lasik surgery done on my right eye. A week later, I had the same operation done on my left eye.
The surgeon was pleased with the outcome…
Me, not so much!
For one thing, the degree of cataract related cloudiness in my left eye, wasn’t yet an immediate vision problem.
But, for ‘some’ reason, what had been a decade long and gradually expanding fuzziness in my right eye, abruptly got worse.
Oddly, this happened after I’d moved from Florida, the land of sunshine, to Michigan, the land of more cloudy days than sunny ones.
Because the sun’s ultraviolet rays are one of the major causes of cataracts, you’d have ‘thunk’ Michigan’s shady days would have slowed down the spread of my cataracts, huh?
The primary causes of cataracts, according to the American Optometric Association, are:
- Staying alive. Uh, age related changes to the lens of our eyes.
- Drug usage, prescribed, over-the-counter and street concoctions.
- Poor diet.
Normally, cataract development is a slow process that begins around the age of 55.
Cataracts are formed on/in our eye’s lens. The lens function is to focus light upon the retina. The retina then sends images through our optic nerve and on into our brain.
Our lens, made up of fibers of protein and water, become cloudy because of mutations/changes in those fibers.
You may have a cataract problem if you experience any of the following:
- Blurred, hazy vision
- Washed out colors
- Problems with lights at night, glaring, etc.
- Increasingly poor night vision
- Get More Cataract Statistics
There are at least three recognized types of cataracts. (Nuclear; cortical and posterior.)
Presently, there’s no prevention treatment.
Side Note: Eye drops that may prevent and possibly ‘cure’ cataracts are being tested. Source
Presently, surgery is the only cure for cataracts.
Fortunately, cataract surgery is only slightly risky these days.
According to my research, better than 9 outta of 10 patients, do have better vision after surgery.
Uh, the ‘better than 9 outta 10’ isn’t a mistake. I just simplified the math…
I had cataract surgery last year because my right eye’s vision was becoming, more than less, MIA.
Because the optometrist figured my left eye wouldn’t be far behind, I had it done, as well.
No problems, pain, or negative side effects, from my cataract surgery.
And no, I don’t remember the surgery, although the surgery team insist I was coherent.
As for cost, my private insurance policy in conjunction with medicare, paid for most of it.
Even though I opted for lasik surgery, done at the same time to correct my astigmatism, the total surgery(s) took about 10 minutes. (Per eye)
After a brief post-opt recovery period, Treasa had me home and resting my eyes, in under 2 hours.
I never had any post-opt pain, and my follow-up treatment, including check-ups back at the clinic, was a month long series of daily, self-administered eye drops.
On a scale of 1 to 10, my satisfaction is about, oh… 8.2, to maybe 9, on good days.
Some days, nearly 9 months post-surgery, one or both of my eyes are kinda blurry. Sometimes they seem to ‘ache’. And, I get a temporal type headache that I don’t remember getting before.
None of which are necessarily related to fall-out from the surgery. Nor are they conditions I can’t live with.
The lasik surgery didn’t leave my with 20 – 20. But, near enough that I don’t need specs for everyday activities.
But, as the surgeon warned me, any close-up work requires glasses.
I’m still wearing glasses everyday – except they’re mostly around my neck on a strap.
Which isn’t a big deal.
On the other hand, I love to read. And, I’d no idea how much I’d dislike having to wear glasses for doing so.
Knowing what I now know, I wouldn’t have paid the 2,000 dollars, or so, for the lasik.
I’d rather wear glasses generally, than have to wear them when I read.
The moral of my story:
These days, cataract surgery is a breeze, as is lasik surgery.
Because lasik surgery results aren’t reversible. Be certain you’re prepared for how your life will change!
By the way, my eye surgery was done with lasers. Most are, these days.
Despite successful cataract surgery, I do have periods of cloudy vision.
Sometimes my eyes ‘feel’ like there’s something like a contact lens in them.
My eyes are more sensitive to sunshine than at any time in my life, and, with the exception of the lasik surgery, I’d do it all again…
Don’t hesitate to share your experiences in the ‘comments’ below!
In Keeping With Today’s Subject:
Canada’s The Guess Who’s ode to self-pity, These Eyes
Until next time…