A Rather Depressing Morning

I had scheduled an eye exam at America’s Best for 9:15 am. Recently, when I transferred my driver’s license from SC to OH, I’d barely managed to pass the eye test. That, and frequent headaches, prompted me to get the new glasses.

Which, I could not do – or, rather, was advise NOT to do, as it appears that my mild cataracts have become worse since my last visit to an eye doctor. I was referred for possible surgery; unfortunately, the earliest that my doctor can see me is April 6. Until then, I’ll be squinting and mostly driving in daytime.

It’s annoying, but correctable. Apparently, they operate first on one eye, then, a few weeks later, on the other, should it be needed. I’ve notified the family, and they will likely be scheduling get-togethers for earlier in the day.

That, and the generally achiness related to rain/snow changes, has combined to make me depressed. I’ll get over it, but – for today – I’m gonna wallow.


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    • Univ of Saigon 68 on March 10, 2023 at 12:57 PM

    I used to work at the U of Pennsylvania Dept of Ophthalmology (the Scheie Institute) in Philadelphia. The cataract removal and artificial lens implant always gets the highest patient satisfaction scores and low adverse events. You will love your new vision.

    • gl on March 10, 2023 at 2:05 PM

    I had both done in 1 month and as long as you have someone to drive you home it’s no problem. I cooked dinner that night. Getting the apt. for the new glasses took the longest of anything. But cost wise for new glasses I couldn’t be happier with an online Zenni Optical. I’ve order 3 pair of glasses as has my daughter and has a couple of friends with no problem at all with them. I have really bad vision normally and grew up wearing coke bottles and last pair in store cost over $400. My last pair at Zeni was $69. Good Luck. 

    • MrLiberty on March 10, 2023 at 4:11 PM

    For what its worth, they’ve been successfully doing this surgery for decades now, with it only improving in quality and outcomes.  Everyone I know that has gotten it done, no longer needs glasses and is super happy to be able to see 20/20 again.  Best of luck.

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your cataracts and the inconvenience it has caused you, especially with driving. It’s good that you were able to catch it early and that surgery is an option for you. However, it’s unfortunate that you have to wait until April 6th for your doctor’s appointment. It got me thinking, though, about the accessibility of eye care and the availability of doctors. Are there enough eye doctors to meet the demand of patients? And are there enough resources and funding for those who may not have access to healthcare? I hope that with advancements in technology and healthcare, we can address these issues and provide better care for everyone. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery.

    • Daniel K Day on March 11, 2023 at 1:56 AM

    I had my left eye lens replaced a year ago. The right lens will have to be replaced sometime but the degree of cataracts there has not justified it yet. The most startling thing for me was looking at the sky with the right eye and then the left – the sky was a brilliant blue through the left eye, and a greyish blue through the right. I think you’ll find colors are much more distinct.
    Unfortunately, the medical condition of my eyes precludes using the flexible lenses which can be adjusted by the ciliary muscles to focus at different distances, so I am stuck with the fixed-focus lenses. If you can afford them and your condition permits, I suggest the flexible ones.

    1. I fully agree with you Daniel. I had my first eye done in 1995, and the second in 2000. I am constantly saddened that flexible lens were not yet available until a few years after that. One more thing Dan — you are likely only months away from needing the YAG laser capsulotomy. Your doc probably warned you that you might. Just don’t be alarmed when one day your left eye seems cloudy. I’d forgotten about that when my second eye clouded — yikes that was 20 years ago.

    • George Mckay on March 11, 2023 at 7:53 AM

    I had both eyes done with fixed focus lenses.  It took a month to get through both but, the diffenence is startling.  Driving at night used to be terror.  The flare from headlights and inability focus kept me from driving at night unless absolutely necessary.  Now, no biggie.  I only use glasses for close reading or protracted computer sessions.  Otherwise, it was the best thing I have done in a long time.

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