FEEL LIKE PARTYING AFTER FIFTEEN MINUTE CATARACT SURGERY
Well, not quite. But the cataract surgery really was a very simple procedure.
It was done at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Monday July 25. Day surgery. I was admitted at 9:30 a.m., put on a stretcher – the one I stayed on through the cataract surgery.I would have the lens in my left eye removed and a plastic implant inserted.
Lucy came and started an IV drip ready for the anesthetist to add the anesthetic once I was in the OR. Another nurse squeezed gel into my eye to freeze and dilate, then taped my eye shut.I would have other drops put in before the doctor started the cataract surgery to ensure the freezing was complete. I didn’t even have to take off my shoes and socks! Imagine going into the operating room with shoes on – as if ready to walk out.
My friend stayed with me until the porter came to wheel me away. I was introduced to a variety of nurses and doctors along the way, each of whom had some small part to play in preparing me for the cataract surgery.
The porter told me that by the end of the week I would probably not remember much of what happened. The anesthetic was supposed to put me, not to sleep, but in la-la land, wherever that might be, and supposedly wipe out most of my memory for those ten to fifteen minutes. I still don’t know where la-la land is because they evidently gave me very little anesthetic and I felt no different after the doctor added it to the IV than before. I felt so peaceful. So calm.I couldn’t have felt more peaceful lying on a lounge chair beside a lake.
And, contrary to what the porter said, I do remember much of what happened during the whole of the cataract surgery. I remember the shapes I saw and the brilliant colours as they worked on my eye. My other eye was covered over throughout the procedure. I felt nothing as the surgeon did his work. In the middle of everything the thought occurred to me that I should be doing something more profitable with my time, so I decided to pray for someone. It seems crazy when I think about it, but it was exactly what I did. I hope they benefited from the prayer.
If you are not too squeamish you might want to watch the video below to see just how simple this cataract surgery is today. There is no bleeding, so don’t be afraid on that count. But if you are not too sure about watching, please just skip over it and simply read the rest of the article.
The cataract surgery complete, I was out of the OR by the time I was supposed to be going in. They keep you for about a half hour after, then take you out to the car in a wheelchair. My friend picked me up and we went out for lunch. I had some scratchy sensation but no pain following surgery. And that lasted only during the day of surgery. There was also no redness or swelling in my eye. Literally painless cataract surgery.
I had to return for a post-op check-up the next morning when I started the eye-drops. Two kinds, one drop four times a day. The only after-effect I had from the cataract surgery was wanting to sleep most of the next few days (not on, but after the day of surgery). I was allowed to drive as soon as I had my post-op appointment though I didn’t do so until Friday morning.
My next appointment is August 11 when I will find out when my right eye will undergo the same cataract surgery. There is little wrong with my right eye, but the surgeon, Dr. Motolko, said it would balance my sight much better to have it done. I’m game. I want to be as balanced as possible! After that, I will no longer need glasses to drive – just reading glasses. That is the opposite of what I have needed since I was a child.
Cataract surgery. Modern technique has certainly improved the procedure. I remember years ago when the patient was in hospital for two weeks with sand bags at the head, a patch over the eye and not allowed to move. Plus, they used stitches. Today there is a minimal incision and no stitches.
If any of you, my readers, are facing cataract surgery, all I can say is, “Don’t be afraid!” If you have a good doctor and relatively healthy eyes other than the cataract, there is a very high rate of success. I was told 98-99%. I’m seeing well out of my left eye and I understand that as it heals further the sight will only improve. After blurred vision for a few years, it’s good to be able to see so clearly.
If you would like more information about what a cataract is and what cataract surgery is all about, check this web site.
Yes, it takes only ten to fifteen minutes to do the cataract surgery and you have the rest of your life to see everything in a new light.
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