UPDATE: I AM JUST BLOWN AWAY WITH GRATITUDE from the responses to this post… (Looking at you faithful readers with an assist from Driscoll over at Instapundit with a comment stream equally informative.) It calms and educates and enlightens me all at the same time. This has become more than a post and a comment stream. This has become a resource.
For several years now my aging eyes have more and more reported the following to my aging brain:
- Glare or light sensitivity
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
- Double vision in one eye
- Needing brighter light to read
- Poor night vision with halos and starbursts
- Fading or yellowing of color
All of which adds up to one word: cataracts.
I didn’t believe that they had gotten quite as bad as they had until the sensible woman in my life informed me that I had double-vision.
“No I don’t,” I replied smugly.
“Is it nighttime there?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Go outside and cover one eye.”
“How many moons do you see?”
It’s hard for me to accept milestones like that and even harder to overcome my life-long aversion to any surgery which has the word “elective” in front of it. Especially when “surgery” is followed by “on your eyes.” Still, my cataracts have made driving at night a bit too interesting since, while my night vision recovers, my brain is asking my eyes, “Okay, where’s the road? Where’s the road?” And I recently got one of those lighted magnifying glasses for the instructions on microwave boxes. (Who the hell thinks printing tiny yellow type on an orange background is a bright idea?)
Nevertheless, bearing in mind how long members of my family tend to live, I think I probably need to start swapping out some of the original parts while I am still standing and compos mentis.
As a result, I’m going to have a meeting regarding cataract surgery and lens replacement at the local Chico Eye Center.
What I would most like to know is if any of my readers have has these procedures done, what they had done, how they fared after the recovery, and what they might do differently if they had it to do over again.
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