Last Thursday, mom had her first cataract removed. The doctor implanted an intraocular lens. The surgery went off without a hitch despite their being a significant amount of blood behind the eye. All in all she was only in the chair about a half hour.
Friday morning, mom went back to the surgeon for a check up and to remove the patch. Mom’s vision went from practically nothing in that eye to 20/40 and the doctor expects her vision to get better as it heals. That’s just amazing! The doctor is surprised at how well it took considering all the blood behind the eye.
All the way home mom was reading street signs and license plates. This is just with one eye done. Just imagine when her left eye gets the implant next month!
This is the best Christmas gift of all for our whole family. Mom’s always been a fiercely independent person and her practical blindness had her sitting on the couch most of the time just listening to the TV. Now she can dial the phone, balance her checkbook, tell time, shop, and a million other things all of us take for granted every day. God willing, in another 6-7 weeks she’ll be driving again!
It’s just phenomenal. Dr. Inkeles (pictured above with mom) has been a gem all along and did the surgery for whatever Medicare will pay.
Of course we’ve had some fun since mom can see again. The first thing mom said to me is “Wow, your hair is really thin on top” in the waiting room to which made everyone turn around a look at me. I’d been telling her about my hair for a couple of years but she couldn’t see it.
My sister and I got chastised for not keeping the house as clean as mom would. Truthfully, with all I had on my plate I just gave on keeping up with it all and cleaned when company visited.
Things finally feel a little back to normal here.