2006 was a big year for me.
I had 2 medical procedures, one involving surgery, the other not.
I think both are important subjects to share with readers, and so will share my old stories for a new audience, beginning with the Cataract Surgery on my Left Eye, and a recent follow-up procedure done last Friday.
This story begins January 11, 2006:
EYE HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE
The other day I spent the moring with an Opthalmologist , and learned that my eyes have more issues than I knew.
At the start let me say that I'd love to hear from people who have had to deal with a decision like mine, and have gone through the surgery, and even people who have learned to use Contacts.
Here's the scoop:Cataracts: L= Moderate R= Mild Astigmatism: L is worse than R. Glare is bad in Left.
I could sit tight for another 6 months before doing something about the L, but why wait since it will just get worse..
The R will be ready for surgery in 1 to 2 years..
So I have 3 weeks to make a decision..
Over the last few days I've been reading relevant information about my conditions over at The Eye Center of MayoClinic.com..
The Doc explained to me that I have 3 options:
OPTION 1: Get Cataract Surgery on L, and leave Astigmatism alone.
This makes me less nearsighted, and I still would need Glasses.
Covered entirely by insurance.
OPTION 2: Cataract removed, and a "0" Prescription new Lens.
Astigmatism also removed.
Nearsightedness taken care of and distance vision fixed.
Contact in R until surgery is needed in a year or 2.
Cost after insurance = $525 which can be financed with or w/o interest.
OPTION 3: Cataract and Astigmatism removed:
"0" Prescription new Lens called "Restore Lens" that takes care of all near, far, and inbetween vision issues.
Contact on R until surgery is needed in a year or 2.
Cost after insurance = A lot more than Option 2 which can be financed with or w/o interest.
My surgery is scheduled for Feb. 23rd.
A word about the Lens Prescription:
The Doc can give me a prescription level of my choosing that drastically improves my vision up to even the "0".
After surgery I'll have usable vision in a week, or less, and be healed in 6 weeks.
BTW: I have a -7 prescription. My Doc, who is in his 30's, I think, has a -13!
Is THAT hilarious or what? ;-D
Wouldn't ya know it!
Guess what I got in the mail around the same time
A Jury Duty Summons!
For the very same day of my Cataract Surgery. ;-D
Conspiracy buffs might say there's somethin' fishy about this coming so soon after my Doc visit, and setting up of an appointment.
What say U?
Hee, hee. ;-D
At least I had all I needed to show proper cause for getting myself excused from Jury Duty. ;-D