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31 August 2012 @ 01:11 pm
Eye update  

I had my patch removed by the doctor and I was given and eye chart exam. Failed it miserably. I saw the letter E, and part of the second line, but couldn't see anything past the second line.The doctor was pleased. He said that slowly my eyesight will come back. I sure hope so. I have a regiment of eye drops to follow. My eye needs to be dilated in order for it not to be in pain. I can see why I was told that I will take a month to recuperate. For someone who loves to read, this is so difficult. My eyes get tired easily. So reading is out. I do watch Netflix, but wind up falling asleep most of the time. LOL

I can now be without the patch, as long as I am comfortable without it. So far, I find it more comfortable wearing it.

Here's what my eye looks like now:

Hubby says that I should say that I had an eye-lift procedure. LOL. The doctor told me that the bruising is caused by the local anesthetics they injected into my face around the eye. Most of my pain is inside the eye. The doctor is also very pleased that there isn't much blood. He did say that I will be seeing some floaters. And do I see them. Before the patch was removed, I saw this huge floater that looked like my eye ball. The ones I see now look like this:

I find that using my patch is so much better. It has graded holes, which actually relax my eyesight, makes my floaters minimized, and I can see better. So, wearing a Mickail Bakunin's (from LOST) type of patch just won't do.

His patch is best used for people who have no eye.

Here I am with my patch:

And for those of you who have not seen my description of my surgery, here it is:

I had eye surgery on my 42nd anniversary (August 29). What a way to celebrate. Twenty-five years ago, when my Dad died, I left my workplace (I then worked for the National Geographic Society) to take my Mom to probate. I was in a hurry, and was carrying work home, as the next day was supposed to be my workday from home. Unfortunately, as I was opening my car door, I brushed the manila folder that was holding my work against my left eye. With that movement, I scratched my left eye's cornea. Instead of going to probate, I wound up picking up my Mom and going to the eye doctor. This was an excruciating painful experience. Aside from the pain, my eye became extra sensitive to light. I had to insert huge wads of tissues between my eye and my glasses and drive to the eye doctor.

The eye doctor anesthetized my eye, put a patch on the eye, and sent me home with special eye drops to recuperate. It took two weeks for the eye to heal. I was told that, in time, a scar tissue would develop and I would need it to be removed. Over the years, I forgot about it. So, one day my retinologist noticed that I have a molecular pucker (scar tissue on my macular). He advised surger. So, here I am. I haven’t been able to see out of my left eye for over 5 years. I’ve been using my right eye for seeing mostly.

I was told that I was going to be awake for the surgery. I was going to have a local anesthesia around my eyes and a sedative to keep me calm. I was not looking forward to seeing a knife cutting my scar tissue. So, at 7 am (my surgery was set for 7:30 am), the anesthesiologist gave me a shot into my IV that would dry up my saliva production. I knew that this was bad news. I have asthma and I don’t do well with dry mouth. I was wheeled into the operating room. I was given oxygen, and I was told that I’d be put to sleep for 3 minutes while they inject Lidocaine around my eyes and then they would wake me up for the surgery. Next thing that I know is that a nurse is telling me that I had the surgery and everything went well. I found out later on that because of my dry mouth, I started coughing. They couldn’t operate safely, so they paralyzed me and gave me full anesthesia. I was spared the awful sight of seeing myself being cut.

~Lirpa~: Eye Des 3katje0711 on August 31st, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
OMG! That patch is huge. It looks funny behind your glasses. LOL You should get a matching one for your other eye and you can be a bug for Halloween. LOL

Seriously, though, I'm glad it's all going well for you. {{HUGS}}
Spicedogs: Halloweenspicedogs on August 31st, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
I love that Halloween costume possibility. I will need my surgeon to give me another patch for the other eye. LOL
alabastardalabastard on August 31st, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, sending healing thoughts to you, and yes, happy anniversary in spite of all you have on here.
Spicedogs: Happinessspicedogs on August 31st, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You, of all people, know that one can celebrate an anniversary just by feeling lucky to have the loved one being there after waking up from surgery.

Edited at 2012-08-31 11:40 pm (UTC)
alabastardalabastard on September 1st, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
So true, so true
venckman: oh my aching headvenckman on September 1st, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh man, it never rains but it pours. I really hope this helps your vision, and that your eye bounces back (mmmm...sounds a bit odd, doesn't it?) ASAP.
Jennifer: Harold Finch Ihotch_fan on September 3rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Ouch! It gives me chills just reading about it. Are you in a lot of pain, or does the eye drops really help you with that?

*hugs* I hope it really improve your vision : )