I'm an artist, painting and drawing so my eyes have a special significance for me. Two months ago had a cataract surgery on the left eye. I did not have great vision immediately after surgery; I have progressed from a dense white fog but no objects were recognizable to the present where overall field is the same general brightness as the right eye, and (as a frame of common reference) I can read "Speed Limit" - not merely the numbers "45." The visual spectrum seems very complete. In short I'm improving at a slow but steady rate. In discussing what I believe may be opaque humor (largely because of how it has appeared, then totally went away on several occasions prior to this surgery...AND the fact that it seems to be retreating now) - in attempting to discuss this possibility, my surgeon stated that the reason I can't see very well out of the left eye is because of damage from glaucoma. Prior to surgery my pressure was stablized to around 16, went up briefly w/surgery and returned to 17 currently. I may need the Trabeculectomy suggested; BUT I feel that if the question of why my vision is blurred in that eye is not explored now, it never will be. I'm told that I have very little eyesight left, at the same time remark on how well the left eye SEES. No traditional dimming of vision, fade to black-merely a blurring which has come and gone before. I just want to know if my surgeon suffers from a kind of tunnel vision caused by the expectations of his speciality.
Yes, I did rate you and appreciate your information. Interestingly enough the IOP of 12 that the surgeon stated to be the goal of the proposed surgery has been passed (now 11); so we now have a memo from my original clinic to the Trab surgeon asking if there is any reason to go forward with it. I'll mention that vision in the eye continues to slowly improve, now to the point I can read crossword puzzles (with reading glasses). The fundamental haze oh soooo slowly fades.
I am so glad you asked. With the prospect of the surgery and my wife'smost successful 1st cataract replacement, I had totally forgotten about adding money to my account. I had difficulty when I tried to previously and, frankly, would rather just send you a check. But I will take this time to make another attempt.
Dr. Rick:Thanks again for your comments/insight. The surgery went "perfectly," according to the surgeon. Can't ride my motorcycle for a month, bend over at all...all the prohibitions you are aware of. Now, I gave you all of the possibilities that would have allowed you to give me the scenerio I wanted; instead, you gave me the one I needed to face up to. A good deal all 'round!