In January 2017 at my eye exam my local optometrist informed me that my prescription would no longer correct my blurry outlook. I have been following the progress for a few years and it looked like it was now time to put things right (Cataract surgery.)
For a variety of reasons I put off consulting an eye surgeon until last May. Then after referral I waited until October to see him.
In the meantime my vision deteriorated rather alarmingly. I couldn't see road signs very well, there was a lot of glare at night and I couldn't see objects in shadow, impossible to read small print. By the time I got to the surgeon his on staff optometrist informed me I was on the cusp of getting my driver's licence revoked by the authorities.
The surgeon gave me a choice of three possible implants:
- Standard spherical lens - covered entirely by Medicare but not the best solution.
- Aspherical lens upgrade (I had to pay $125 per eye.) This one gave the best contrast and night driving results, but I'd still need glasses to correct astigmatism.
- Toric lens upgrade (I had to pay $700 per eye.) This might correct all my vision defects and likely I'd not need glasses for anything but reading. No guarantees though, and I'd still have glasses if I needed to read small print. Contrast and night driving not as good.
Since I wanted the best possible vision and I'd need glasses anyway I went with option 2 (slight upgrade,)
I had my first surgery about 3 weeks after the consult. The difference was dramatic in my newly implanted eye. I could see well enough without glasses to get around but the other eye was yellow and blurry for a month. Then the second operation introduced me to a whole new world of color and clarity.
I had to wait another month to get my final prescription and new glasses - which arrived today. Now I can see clearly at all distances - probably haven't been able to see like this for 10 years at least. The operation corrected my distance vision almost completely. I am very slightly nearsighted but the glasses fix this. They also correct my astigmatism so I can read the road signs perfectly. I am also able to read the finest fine print on the chart. I donated my old glasses to the optometrist for recycling in developed countries. They won't work for me any more.
It's been close to a year since I was first diagnosed as needing cataract surgery and now all is well. The worst part was the 250 odd eye drops I took over a 2 month period. That is over now thank God.