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.