A Little Good News

I spoke with my retina specialist today.  The results of my PAM and LI tests were definite.  Removing the cataract in my right eye should make a significant difference in my vision.  Removing the cataract in my left eye should improve my vision in that eye somewhat.  So, the rs gave me hope that surgery will allow me to see much better.  He is referring me back to my ophthalmologist, who will examine my eyes and then do the surgery.  The retina specialist suggests that I have the right eye done first, which will provide a big improvement.  Then, when that eye is healed, I will have the cataract in the left eye removed.

While I do not look forward to surgery on my eyes, I am so relieved that my doctor is suggesting an action that can be taken.  It is so much better than losing ground month after month without knowing any reason or hearing about any treatment that might help.

I looked up cataract surgery on the internet and it seems relatively routine.  It is done under local anesthesia, which seems much more awful than it actually is.  The recovery should be much, much quicker than after my vitrectomy.  Hopefully, it will all be simple and easy and I will be back to normal life with improved vision.

Tomorrow I will call the ophthalmologist to see how long the wait will be until I can go in for an appointment.  Hopefully, it will not be too long.  My vision seems to be getting worse every day.  The sooner I get these cataracts removed, the better.  I look forward to being able to read the newspaper again, to being able to see my laptop screen, to being able to watch tv.  Simple pleasures.  I hear the warning that my left eye may not improve a lot, but the thought of my right eye gaining vision – even getting back to where it was a couple of months ago – seems like a real miracle.  Good news, indeed.


12 thoughts on “A Little Good News

  1. My husband had catrract surgury, and so did both my parents. It was simple, quick–and produced marvelous results for all three…. I hope it will do the same for you.

  2. That is just super news Belinda!! I was put under general anesthesia for mine as he felt there were a lot of risks (the corneal specialist was very conservative and this is not the norm as you know). But it did help me a lot. The only thing that was mildly difficult was how bright things were after being so dim! I think you can deal with that right?! You bet! They have not removed the one on my left eye yet (one with central vision at 20/150 or so corrected) as they say it is not that bad like the right one was. I would say this will be way easier than the vitrectomy! And me? I would say that is a LOT of good news! I am so happy for you!

  3. I love the picture of the spring tulips. It seems like it’s been an exceptionally long, cold winter and I can’t wait for spring!

  4. Good luck with the surgery. I’ve had friends and relatives for whom it helped tremendously. I pray the same will be true for you.

  5. Good luck with the surgery. My grandma had this procedure done a few years ago, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. She was in and out within an hour or so. Hugs

  6. I had both eyes done for cataracts back in the mid 90’s, and it was no big deal then, so it’s probably less of one now. I had early onset probably due to steroids I had to take for ulcerative colitis, so I was rather shocked when the ophthalmologist told me I had them at age 44. They progressed rapidly, and I couldn’t wait around until I couldn’t drive in order for the VA to do surgery (that was the criteria they gave me at the time). I had both eyes done within six months time, and it made a world of difference that I wasn’t even aware I was missing.

    You’ll do fine, and it’s going to seem really bright to you at first, I’ll wager. At least that’s what things seemed like to me. Glad to hear you got good news.

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