Looks like I won't be needing these guys anymore. Good bye old friends. You served me well. And if that sounds a little dramatic, I won't apologize because the difference really is that huge.
I had my post surgical follow up for the right eye yesterday. I went from barely being able to make out the "E" at the top of the eye chart to 20/30 vision in the right eye and it will only improve over the next few months! Wow! That is astounding. I got such a kick out of reading signs as we drive home from the appointment. Before this, even with my glasses on I couldn't make out street signs until we were nearly past them. I couldn't watch TV without them, or read a bedside clock. I even had trouble recognizing someone from across the room.
I had worn glasses since I was three years old soooo 61 years. Wow! That is a long time. I felt as if, really, my glasses were just part of my face. Never really put a ton of thought into it one way or the other. Putting them on was the first thing I did every day and taking them off, the last thing. So It's strange not wearing them. But I can honestly say that I don't miss them. Which is a surprise. I honestly thought it would be a bigger adjustment.
The weirdness of having close to perfect distance vision in one eye and not the other though, that is taking a little longer to get used to. And is in fact, making me a little unsteady on my feet. There will be no bike riding until this is evened out for sure. And driving is completely off the table for awhile. (not that I did much driving anyway)
However, while I see amazingly at a distance (again with the right eye) I can't do anything close up. That includes my cellphone, the computer, the newspaper, a recipe or a book! ARGH! When I mentioned that to the doc at the follow up, he put a long wear, close vision contact in my left eye to help me out. And he said, if I want to, I can have the left eye corrected to close vision at Monday's left eye cataract surgery. Hmmmm.
So now with this contact, it's interesting. I can see well enough to blog, obviously, I can see well enough to function - sort of - on my cell phone, but I cannot read a book, the newspaper is a struggle and a prescription bottle is impossible without a magnifying glass. So hmmmmm. Not what I would call "normal" whatever normal is. But on the other hand, if they could guarantee me that they could give me much better close vision in that left eye, I probably would do it. Having totally different focal points isn't bothering me, no headaches, not a lot of adjusting, so that part is good. Still I need to be able to see close up as well as far away, one way or another. I have to decide by Friday. Decisions decisions decisions.
I think I should try on a pair of readers with my left eye closed and see how improved my close vision is in the right eye with them. Sound like a good idea? The more information I have the better off I am. Cannot make an informed decision without all of the necessary information.
So today I will put on my sunglasses and take a little walk to the drugstore or the dollar store, whichever comes first, Try out some readers, see if I can figure this out. But if anyone has some suggestions, please do share! Again, the more information I have, the easier this decision will be.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.