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Cataracts Operation and Eye Care

Updated on December 19, 2014

Age Related Eye Problems

It may come as a shock to many to learn that as we age so do our eyes, along with everything else. But no matter how well you treat your eyes for some it seems that cataracts are almost unavoidable and if left untreated they can result in blindness.

On hearing that my eyes were suffering from these nasties it was a case of avoiding the inevitable - eye surgery. At first they were only small and no real problem but then they began to annoy me in various ways. The worst handicap was driving the car at night. Lights from oncoming vehicles would be almost blinding as the rays dispersed across the windscreen. That resulted in me only driving during daylight hours unless in an emergency. But finally the facts had to be faced and action taken. The eyes appeared completely normal to me but there was a cloudy appearance to things looked at.

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Perfect Eye Sight

My eyes seemed perfect enough when it came to distance vision and only low strength glasses were needed for reading. Nothing had changed much in that regard for more than 25 years. But there was this constant irritation of not having clear vision.

Some describe cataracts as giving the impression of looking through a dirty window. But it was different to that. There seemed to be a barrier at the top of my eyes making it hard to look up but I can't see why that would have happened.

On one of the regular check ups with the optometrist this matter was raised and he decided it was time to get a specialist involved. A trip to the Canberra Eye Hospital and a wonderful doctor there set me straight. "Cataracts are best operated on when small" he advised. "The longer they are left the less successful is their removal." He went on to say that mine was perfect for surgery if removed now.

Cataract Surgery

Never Look directly at the sun:

Cataracts are apparently related to the sun's rays entering your eyes and looking directly at the solar body can cause them.

Always wear sun glasses when outside. Make sure they are UVL protection.

Have you Heard of Cataracts?

Do you suspect that you or a relative might have cataracts?

A Smooth Operation

Despite my apprehension about having something synthetic placed in my eyes there really was no cause to worry.

The date of the operation arrived and I was way ahead of time. After pre admission business the nurse put drops into the right eye, the one selected to be first. The initial lot comprised 3 drops and one of them in particular stung like mad for a few seconds. By the time the third lot of drops went in the pupil was already well dilated and soon after a nurse came to guide me to the surgeon's knife.

The anaethetist put a drug into my arm and I went off into a twilight state. The needle that went into below my eye was not felt at all and soon I was greeted by the surgeon who spoke to me all the way through. The actual procedure took about 20 minutes. My eye was bandaged with an eye pad and so forth and I was free to go out and wait for my son-in-law, David, to arrive to take me home. First a welcome cup of tea and a sandwich was given to me.

My head on the right side was numb for a few hours and I had to be careful not to bend down or lift anything heavy. In fact, the hospital insists that you have soneone stay with you overnight. That was not possible in my case but I managed well enough on my own.

The following morning David took me to the Eye Hospital where the patch was removed and my eye tested. It worked perfectly and when the other eye was done 5 weeks later my vision was much improved. There are few times now when I even need my reading glasses.

Are You Aging Fast

So many things catch up to us as the years pile on. It's not only the eyes but the skin, the bulge around the waist, the creaky sore bones and muscles and often the damage we do through falls as well as the arthritis and so on.

Age is something we take for granted but there are products that can help you feel better about yourself.

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      raprap08 3 years ago

      @miaponzo: hello mia could please explain how to use black tea. thanks

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      There are two things that people can do to help their eyes stay healthy.... use black tea on their eyes, and eat plenty of protein and hardly any carbs... :) Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Once again a very through resource of information. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I can relate. I am glad you are doing well with your surgery. Blessed! Please add this to my lens. http://www.squidoo.com/new-year-2012-blessings-and...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative. I will definitely share this with my relatives and friends who might need to read this.

      Thanks for the warm welcome.

      More blessings to you and your family this 2012!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope I will avoid this but it runs in the family.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Good to see you back online, Norma!! Yep, mom, grandmom, mother-in-law...lots of folks I know, and they were very pleased once the cataract surgeries were healed.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm so glad your cataract operation was a success and went so smoothly. This information is especially helpful and reassuing for people who have cataracts and are worried about having the surgery. ~blessed~