I’m over 50, by a few years. I never wore glasses until 18 months ago. I could drive, and I could read. I could see the scrollers on the bottom of my TV.
Once my eyesight started to deteriorate it happened very quickly. Three eyeglass prescriptions in 14 months. And my vision kept getting worse and worse.
I have a really good eye Doctor that identified my cataracts on the first visit. He just was not prepared for how quickly they progressed. Neither was I.
I’ve spent the better part of last year not being able to see much. Faces were a blur at 3 feet. Roadsigns were a blur at 20 feet. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if the stoplight was red or green.
But I was seeing a doctor – so I felt that I was safe driving. Nobody told me not to. (But nobody understood how quickly things were changing for me).
What is funny (not really) is how much my life was altered because of this – and I did not even realize it. I went to the office MUCH less often (I am lucky to be able to work from wherever the Internet is).
I stopped traveling – and I used to travel a lot. It was just too difficult to navigate an airport. And a strange city.
But I swear – I did not realize until just recently what my lack of vision was costing me. Partially because it all happened so quickly. And partly because I still think of myself as invincible
So I finally got cataract surgery on one of my eyes last week and I can tell you my life has been changed drastically. I can see. I can see. I can really see.
So let me tell you about the procedure.
It is SO fucking easy, You get some lab tests done (and that physical you have put off for years like I did). Then you show up to a clinic (not a hospital). You get an IV – prolly the worst part if you are squeamish.
Then a very, very nice Anesthesiologist will be your best friend. She/he will put a little magic juice in the IV and – Boom! You suddenly are done. You have never really been asleep, but you don’t remember. You are just done. Done.
And the next day you take off the eye-patch (your Dr. does) – and you can see. You. Can. See.
Now you need to put in eye drops several times a day for 10 days. But you can see.
On a scale of 1-10 on pain with 10 being the worst and a torn cuticle being a 7 – this was a 2. Perhaps even a 1.
Don’t be afraid to see. This is a very simple procedure that has already changed my life – and I still have another eye to go
Many people don’t have a choice about their ability to see – having cataract surgery should be a VERY easy choice.