I’m not too old – eye surgery

lasik surgeryI hate wearing glasses. Vanity? Maybe. But mostly I can’t seem to find a pair of glasses that have the combination of correcting my vision, fitting comfortably, remaining undamaged and staying found.

Others may blame it on age but I’m convinced that my glasses have their own free will. It doesn’t matter where I put them, they are not there w
hen I go back for them. And if they are, they are scratched or bent. And if they aren’t scratched or bent, they don’t fit. And if they fit, I can’t see.

So, I did my research. Quite resourceful, am I (as Yoda would say – I have Star Wars on my mind since Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out and I’ve watched every interview of the new cast). I discovered that there is a procedure which may remove the “pits” in my corneas probably caused by a high fever from an illness in my early adulthood.

Off I go for a free consultation. The opthamologist says I don’t qualify, too old. I may be getting cataracts. I am NOT too old! I am NOT getting cataracts!

punctalplugswithdescriptions2Friends (older than me) who have experienced wonderful results refer me to ICON EYE CENTER. I go for a second opinion. I qualify for PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) a type of refractive surgery to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea or lens).

The nearly painless recovery
I had hoped for was replaced by terrible eye pain forcing me into the fetal position. (This is rare but I am special.) I tried both warm and cool washcloths on my eyelids hoping that I could open my eyes enough to get the numbing drops providing by the surgery center into my eyes. “Wimp” you say. I walked on a compound fractured fibula for four days and performed three months of amazing feats with a torn bicep tendon (see my shoulder surgery blog).

A few weeks ago I had my three month follow up. I have been on medication for years that drys out my eyes so that was slowing the healing process. So small plugs were inserted into my tear ducts to keep water from draining from my eyes. I loved the popping sound as the tiny plugs were inserted into the ducts. No really, I did. It helped that my eyes were numbed.

My eyes are now recovering and I hope for 20/20 vision within 6 month In the meantime, I use eye drops, purchased my first ever pair of reading glasses, and don’t drive at night. Well, actually, I don’t drive at all since I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery.  But that is another blog.

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2 thoughts on “I’m not too old – eye surgery

  1. Wow you have quite a bit of experience with injuries and surgeries! I have thought about getting surgery for vision correction myself but I really don’t mind wearing contacts. I would be interested to see how the rest of your recovery goes. Hope the pain and dry eyes go away! I’m with you, glasses are uncomfortable. Loved this post and your sense of humor!

    • Thank you Christina. The eye surgery is pretty minor now days. I was just being dramatic since my focus is on aging gracefully… which is funny because now I have bronchitis on top of it all. Hopefully that is strike three and I am done with illness/injury for the year. Do you have an ICON Lasik in your area. My daughter had no problem. She has worn glasses since 3rd grade and is glasses-free for the first time in her memory.

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