There comes a time when your sight is getting “foggy”.  Working on a computer is a chore, and reading glasses don’t help.  At my annual eye examination I was told that I had cataracts.  The procedure would be that my first eye would be operated on, and one week later the second eye.

On my medical information sheet I indicated that I suffer from hyperthyroidism, Graves Disease and macular degeneration.  I was told that I was an “excellent candidate” for the operation.

Following each operation my eyes were blood red.  My computer wasn’t touched for weeks, and I could not drive.  My distance sight was gone.  For the first time in my life I was given prescription glasses which I had to cover with dark glasses because of my sensativity to light.

On my sixth visit I complained about a problem with clear vision, and I was told that my thyroid was trying to get rid of the new lens by coating them with “gunk” (my own special word).  According to my doctor I was “one in a million”.  After weeks of applications of special cream and a prednisone sterate, I developed “floaters”, black bits of “gunk” broken up by the sterate.

When the floaters were down to about 16, I named each one and formed soccer teams.  As the “floaters” lessened I decided that the players had gone to Spain or Italy’s teams.  When I laughingly told my doctor I could see that he considered me quite mad.

Now I can read almost everything and work on my computer for hours.  Driving?  I can see and read everything except long street signs.  The warning that I might have to have my lens “zapped” with a laser about every six months to remove the “gunk” is no longer applicable.

We all want to have instant gratification when we read advertisements promising beauty in a box, glamor over night or immediate clear vision.  Nothing really works out that way.  Even with the best physicians, it takes patience and faith.


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