Thursday, October 14, 2010

DALK [Surgery + 3 Weeks]

What I'm hearing is very good news. I should probably start by saying that I had this surgery at CEI (Cincinnati Eye Institute) in Edgewood KY next to St. Elizabeth South. I have always enjoyed living so close to this fine hospital, and I've had nothing but great service my entire life within these facilities.

Yesterday I went to see one of the optometrists at CEI, Dr. Shull, and she said that my eye is doing well above average for this type of surgery. She said I seem to be healing rapidly and that I could stop taking the Vigamox. Yay! One less thing I have to take. The pressure in my eye is also down from 28 to about 20, which she said was average. So, it appears lowering the power of the steroids did the trick. I took a look at some letters on the wall and could read some of the average to small rows, barely. While I still have a good deal of astigmatism, she says I'm seeing about 20/30. I can see and read details of objects that are within about 10 to fifteen feet. I can read license plates on cars and read on my iPad without glasses. In fact, it is quite annoying to wear my glasses at all now because the prescription in the left eye is just way too strong. I plan on getting a glass put in that side as soon as I can until my vision stabilizes.

When comparing my eyes, I can honestly say that my left eye is quickly catching up. Sometimes, I feel like my vision may even be better in my left eye than in my right eye, but it goes in and out too much to be sure. I still have a lot of healing left to go. I would say it takes several months for most people to see 20/30, and some that never reach 20/30. There is a good chance things may become worse and then better again as my eye heals, but the prognosis is great so far.

Dr. Shull even agreed that I may be able to get a prescription for glasses (left eye included) as early as 3 months after surgery. Incredible. It would be strange seeing 20/20 in that eye after so many years without it. I'm not really sure when they'll decide to take the stitches out, and that could also alter my vision for better or worse. There is still a long way to go.

As far as pain and discomfort, I have none. Maybe a little dryness here and there, but nothing too bad. I'm really quite comfortable with it and just trying to keep it moistened about every 15-45 minutes.

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