Cataract Journey 3: Countdown

As part of my preparation for cataract surgery, I’ve begun talking with my eyes. Or rather, talking to them. I say, “Eyes, something exciting and perhaps a bit perplexing is going to happen to you. But don’t worry, it’s like a hip replacement. It’ll help you see even better than before. I’m going to make sure you are safe (antibiotic eyedrops) and comfortable (steroid and anti-inflammatory drops). And we will have such fun seeing bright colors and sharp detail for many years to come.”

They don’t have a lot to say in response. But…

I started dreaming about the surgery. It was the usual showing up without clothes or without having attended class or without having memorized your lines. In this case, I arrived at the surgery center, having forgotten I was supposed to fast. There was much hoo-ha and calculation of what I had eaten how long ago.

One weekend, I drove our van down to LA to help my older daughter move in with us. The drive down was in daylight and the only visual problem I had was seeing the street signs while looking for hotel and then her apartment. But (for various reasons, you know the drill) we did not get started back until 7 pm. I am normally an early-to-bed person and ended up consuming as much caffeine as I usually do in a year, I’m sure. I was painfully aware of how stressful and difficult night driving has gotten to be. Almost all the freeway driving was in darkness. I have never appreciated trucks so much – all those lights made them easy to discern, much more so than the lane markers. Daughter and I took turns leading as we caravanned along, too.

I could imagine my poor eyes saying, “We’re trying, mom! This is the best we can do!”

“I can’t ask for more, eyes. I’m going to get you some help real soon now.”

So now I am taking my pre-op eyedrops four times a day. Fortunately, I’ve been using lubricating drops for so long, I’m used to putting drops in my eyes. After surgery, I’ll add two more. I have to wait two minutes in between each medication so it doesn’t wash out the one before. Other surgeons may have different protocols. I’m observing this one meticulously. I’ll be taking these for a while, because I’ll still be on some of them when it will be time to start full doses prior to the second surgery. I am considering dubbing this season The Summer Of The Eye Drops.



Cataract Journey 3: Countdown — 3 Comments

  1. At least you must be getting =very= good at neatly dropping drops in there. At the beginning I used to waste medication by missing, but at the end I could precisely drop a drop into each eye like a pro.

  2. I’ve been using lubricant eyedrops “artificial tears” for a while now, especially when I still could wear contact lenses. The combo of contacts and computer work exacerbated the drying out that is a part of aging. Grrr…

    Interestingly, the dryness is improving, aside from all the eyedrops. Maybe the lens implant has something to do with it?

    • There’s a study that notes that merely wearing contact lenses changes the microbiome in your eye. Unsurprising, since it is a foreign object. So if you quit wearing contact lenses (thanks to cataract surgery) the balance in your eye changes. I have noticed very many fewer ‘sleepers’ in my eyes since cataract surgery.