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Thread: In and Out and Why - UPDATE 01/17/12

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    In and Out and Why - UPDATE 01/17/12

    As I posted previously, I had cataract surgery on both eyes in September. Having much clearer vision in my right eye made a condition more evident - to the point that it is very distracting. I was referred to a retina specialist for further tests on the eye in early December. An injection and some drops did not change the condition, so they ran additional tests today to confirm what they had seen before. The condition is described as an eccentric macular pucker.

    The macula is pulled forward and skewed to the right. The resultant vision with my right eye is a combination of objects being compressed horizontally and twisted. The twist distortion can be described as something like a square becoming more of a parallelogram with vertical sides while the top and bottom rise from left to right. Fortunately, my left eye is dominant and vision with it is fine.

    Corrective surgery is scheduled for January 15th. It involves insertion of two instruments in the eye to allow the surgeon to push the retina back into place. Then, he will insert a bubble of air inside the eye to help hold the retina in place. I'll be asleep for most of the procedure. Can't say I'd want to be awake while they jab sharp objects in my eye! The worst part of the recovery procedure will be having to keep my head facing down most of the time for three days so the air bubble keeps the retina in place.

    The doctor said it could take days or weeks or several months for the vision to return entirely to normal. I sure can't leave it as is, though! I'll let you know how things turn out after surgery.
    Last edited by Bill Arnold; 01-17-2013 at 08:10 PM.
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    WOW Bill! I hope everything works out for the best!

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    well make sure you get a book for the floor so you can stil read bill
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    Good luck Bill. Here's hoping its all fixed up!

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    Hey Bill,
    Hope all works out well... my wife had a similar problem in her left eye before she had her cataract surgery... the doctors told her she had a "wrinkle" in her retina and that they needed to "peel" the retina off and let it regrow... I think they did the air bubble for her too... she hasn't complained lately, but for a short while after the retina surgery, her vision in that eye was less than perfect for a good while.
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    Best thing is there is a way to fix it!!! We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Jim.
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    Best wishes going your way Bill. Take care of things and then get back to the shop!
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    They have Come a long way with eye surgery, just amazing!!! Be sure to follow ALL of their instructions and best of luck Bill

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    Best of luck to you Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    well make sure you get a book for the floor so you can stil read bill
    Yep! I also thought about putting a flat screen TV on the floor!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    ... Be sure to carry a jar with you as you move around. It is to hold all of the coins you will find while looking down.
    Sorry about that. The devil made me do it.
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    Thanks for the pointer, Jim! I'll need a new hobby for a while.


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