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Re: cataracts--can't drive very far


Date: Sun Sep 26 2004 - 20:47:57 PDT

The summer of 2003 I had two cataract operations a month apart. I'm not that
old but my eyes went pretty quickly over a period of maybe 3 years. I want
to sooth your fears. The operations are nothing. Years ago it was more
complicated but it's nothing now. I promise you. You put drops in your eyes for
maybe a week 4 times a day. You get to the hospital. They put drops in your
eyes for an hour and a half or so and then bring you into the operating room.
Except for setting up the IV you've had no pain at all and that really is
nothing. They gave me something to relax me which put me to sleep a minute after
they gave it to me. I woke up several hours later with a patch on the operated
eye and zero pain. You have someone drive you home. The next morning I went
back to the doctor's office and he removed the patch and I was amazed at how
great my eye sight was. It even improved more over the next month or so.
They don't give you 20/20 vision so you can read and see distance at the same
time. Cataract operations are truly a miracle. Go have it done immediately. I
haven't worn my glasses or contacts since the operation but now I remember to
always wear my sunglasses. Everyone wear your sunglasses. The ozone layer
has made it bad to go without them. E