Cataract Eye Surgery and Recovery
As regular readers will know, I recently underwent cataract surgery. This was performed on my left eye and took place on the 4th March 2010. Two days have now passed, and I feel well enough to make a start on this article.
It will only be a start, though.
Recovery can sometimes involve problems, but for me the surgery seems to have been very successful. I do not want to jeopardise the work of the excellent surgical team though, and so I will complete this article over the coming week. That way I also can detail any problems, or the like, as I come across them.
Hopefully, I will be able to offer some reassurance to others who are facing this type of surgery. If all goes well, I will have the same procedure done on my right eye in around five weeks.
The fact that I cannot wait until I have both eyes well, must show that there is nothing to fear from this surgery.
Recovery: Avoiding Computer Use
A week has passed and I have tried to refrain from using my computer much at all.
It has been nice to have a week away from work, but it has been boring. Convalescing can be that way. Once again I give thanks for the NHS and the excellent care I received, and my husband. When the going gets tough he always pulls out all the stops—and he has been brilliant.
I arrived home on Thursday 4th March, at around 4.30pm. I had arrived at my local eye hospital for 1pm. After being admitted by the receptionist I made my way to the eye day surgery unit.
As all the patients were booked in, each had a blood pressure check, demographics checked, a wristband with their name put on and two eye drops administered to the eye which was for surgery. Both eyes are never operated on at once, in case of complications. A worst-case scenario can result in loss of sight or eye.
I was then sent back to the waiting room where my Hubby was waiting. He was going to go home, if I was to be there a long time. However, I was pleased to find out that I was first on the afternoon's surgical list.
Next I was taken to meet with my consultant. I had every faith in this doctor and she simply checked a couple of things and ensured that the eye for surgery was clearly marked. Procedures have been tightened recently, in order to prevent errors.
Back in the waiting room I received two more eye drops. These make sure that the pupil is dilated ready for surgery. One by one all the patients were sent to undress. A glamorous hospital gown covered by your own dressing gown was all that was to be worn. Slippers were allowed also.
A final pair of eye drops and the anaesthetist arrived. I was rather nervous, to say the least, and had opted for sedation. I still was anxious and unsure what to expect.
I need not have worried.
Some, much needed, lighthearted banter accompanied the insertion of a fenthlon or cannula into my hand. Then, as I was starting to be moved a squirt of the sedative and blankness.
The next thing I knew I was in the theatre covered with a light covering. I felt very calm and was answering the question, did I feel alright? The consultant was saying that everything had gone really well and that the cover would be removed.
In what seemed a flash I was in post-op, on my feet and walking back to Hubby with a lovely nurse. It was about 25-30 minutes from when I had left Hubby.
My eye had a large patch over it but there was no pain. Trying to brush my hair made me realise that my head, as well as my face, was numb. Local anaesthetic ensures that the patient feels no pain. Eye drops to help the eyeball remain perfectly still are also often administered..
I had to wait just over an hour, in which time I had a drink and a snack, then my eye was checked. As the patch was removed I could see nothing but was told that it appeared as if the surgery had been successful.
A smaller patch was applied, and armed with eye drops, Hubby and I were soon home again.
I had to remove the patch before bed that night and administer my first eye drop. Hubby helped remove the very sticky patch and once it was removed I could see again. Already my sight was so much better. By the next day the sight in the eye that had undergone surgery was near perfect.
One of the main problems has been because my eyesight in the other eye is still so bad.
I have tried wearing old specs around the home, that have had one lens removed. As many of my recent spectacles have been varifocals this has not really worked. In the end I bought some cheap reading glasses. I was advised to get the mildest I could manage with so that I did not harm the good work that the operation did. Although I can manage to use the computer a little it has limited such activities. Similarly I have not been able to read comfortably.
I have also bought some decent sunglasses. I understand that after cataract surgery there is a higher risk of AMD, age related macular degeneration, and that it is vital to protect your eyes.
My sight is already so good in my new eye that I feel sure I will not need spectacles in the future. However, I will probably still need reading glasses, as most patients do.
I have my check up at the hospital tomorrow, Friday 12th March. Hopefully I will get the all clear. This week I was told not to lift or bend. As it is eight days now I have been doing a little more today. I had to remain on sick leave from work, for fear of infection. I plan to take next week as annual leave and gradually begin getting back to normal.
Oh, and before I forget. One last important point. Hopefully, when I have my check up tomorrow, I will get a date for cataract surgery on my other eye.
I know that I have to finish my eye drops first, which will last for four weeks. Extreme hygiene is essential when administering these drops to prevent infection.I then have to have an eyesight test. However all being well my next surgery will be as soon as possible.
It is safe to say that I cannot wait.
More About My Cataract Surgery Experience
- Facing Cataract Surgery
Well I have to start by saying Praise the Lord for the NHS. The British National Health Service has many problems but has left me eternally grateful