Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cataracts and New Vision

When I was in the fourth grade I fell from a tree and my left eye went dark. I did not have a black eye I just could not see light through that eye. Over time and with help from a chiropractor vision returned but it was very fuzzy. For the first time in my life I was fitted for glasses. My right eye was excellent and the left eye was not completely correctable. My left lens was so thick my glasses leaned to the left. As an adult I gave up on trying to correct my left eye and stopped wearing glasses. Then I turned thirty and my right eye needed help reading but I used a balanced lens for the left side. The practice continued through trifocals.

A few years ago my eye doctor said I was developing cataracts and in about ten years I would need surgery. It turned out that they were the fast developing kind. Vision in my right eye dimmed, the sky turned a bit gray, colors faded. I take care of the floors in our house and the dust bunnies were some how able to hide in plain sight. While both eyes were growing cataracts I began to notice that vision was actually improving some what in my left eye. Formerly I could not make out the big E on the eye chart but this year I could read the second line down.

Cataract surgery was amazing. In ten minutes they removed the cataract and implanted a corrective lens first in the right eye and two weeks later, yesterday, in the left eye. After many years my right eye was 20/20 for distance reading is another matter. The left eye is a new treat for me after sixty years I have great vision in it and can even read. WOW!!!! It is a new world to enjoy with both eyes.

I am so thankful.


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