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Attended mass early this morning without eye glasses. It’s been more than three decades since I started wearing one. Nakakapanibago. My eyes felt so naked….haha!

My eye operation was a minor one compared to those earlier two I had before but the the tremendous  result  is truly amazing.  The longer we are faced with these treatments, the more modern they become and it also becomes easier for the patient to adjust. When I had my first major operation in the late nineties because of my endemetriosis, my surgeon used stitches on the outer wound but when I underwent sigmoid surgery back in 2009, the surgical oncologist used  staple  type sutures and they were easier to remove but permanent, non-absorbable sutures are sometimes preferred because they are resistant to body chemicals that might otherwise dissolve them too early in the healing process. Non-absorbable sutures are useful for maintaining long-term tissue wound closure and healing.

With an eye operation, you rely on the durability of the lenses that they use. “Modern intraocular lenses are made from highly durable materials. These materials are inert, and their chemical or physical composition will not change with the passage of the years”. Since it is quite common that you feel a little itch every time you use an eye drop, there is a tendency to rub it unconsciously. Maybe that is why they give you plastic lenses right after the operation to protect them.  I used mine for two days then I was prescribed reading glasses.  So far, so good.

Maybe in a few months, I will have my  right eye be operated too or maybe in about a year. The lenses are not included in the insurance so you really have to shell out cash for it. I told my doctor I still have to save for my next one 🙂

If you are thinking of having your eyes done for this procedure, don’t worry, it is quite safe.

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I am not so used to doing nothing. When I am not busy, I either read, update my blog or visit Facebook for some updates.

Last Thursday, I finally had my cataract operation at Borough Medical Institute  at  Eastwood City. I was there around 10 AM to have my papers  processed – both for Philhealth and my medical insurance.

There were the usual questions of your medical history, taking your vitals etc. My blood pressure was borderline at  130/90 even with my maintenance medicines or maybe it’s because I was a little nervous.

As usual I got a little bored with the waiting time. There were so many  patients lined up for cataract operations under different doctors. There were three of us under my doctor and I was the second one on schedule. There was of course the usual and inevitable hospital gown, disposable head cap and hospital slippers. Personal effects were not allowed inside. It’s a good thing my son took a half-day vacation leave and waited at the reception area watching television.

I was under anesthesia but before that there were eye drops administered by the nurse and another one by my doctor right before operation. I was impressed by their facilities there. The pre-op procedures were done and there was even an oxygen standing by.

They covered my left eye and my doctor told me to look at the light. I could feel those eye drops then I saw a bright blue light, just the half of it. A few seconds, I could only see gray with several streak of  dark gray then the blue light was full then I heard my doctor say, “tapos na Arlene” meaning it’s done. She was right, the procedure was all of less than ten minutes. I was guided by the nurse to the operating room reception  area and gave me a plastic eye-glass to protect my eyes and a bottle of Ole-D, an anti-bacterial ophthalmic solution. My doctor  told me it is to be administered one drop every hour. It was reduced now to three times a day.

At first my vision was blurred but when we reached home, everything seemed so bright and clear. I put off reading and opening the internet until my  follow-up check-up.  I had it this afternoon and she check my eyes and let me read a few lines  with my new reading glasses. The words were clear. I need to have my other eye too operated in the future so my vision would be equal. Have to save again for the next one.

Reading for me has become a routine that not holding a book is quite not normal but I had tor est my eyes for a while until it heals. I rewarded myself with two books from Books for Less which was newly opened at the mall where the satellite clinic of the Medical City was located.

Whoa, how nice to see letters and words so clear again.

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It’s only been three days since my last blog but it feels like I haven’t written for a week. A little hard to start all over again.

I’ve been back and forth to  my ophthalmologist since Tuesday. I underwent  biometry at The Medical  City and it took  us almost a day to wait for the doctor and to get the procedures done.  I’ll have my cataract operation next Thursday at Borough Medical Care Institute at Eastwood City. It is an outpatient operation and  my ophthalmologist said it would only take twenty minutes. The insurance will not shoulder the new lens so I have to shell out a big amount for my left eye lens.  I don’t know the cost of the operation itself but it is included in my medical insurance.

One reason why I hate going to hospitals is because of the endless waiting for the doctor to arrive. If you have an appointment by 11am, you have to be there at least an hour before so you’ll be first if not in the list of the first five patients. The doctor usually arrives an hour after her scheduled clinic time. I do get impatient at times.

I remember those days when hospital visits were a  regular  undertaking for me. The clinical smell of the laboratories and examination rooms always remind you that something is  wrong.

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