October 24, 2012

The Fog Has Lifted

I had eye surgery this week.

Now a blue sky is no longer slate gray all the time.

Even with the healing that must still take place, the world looks different to me now.

This is the Nyssa sylvatica (black gum, or tupelo) last week in my front yard as it kind of looked to me. It's photo shopped, but you get the idea.

And this is what it really looks like in October.

As my eye heals, focus will get sharper.  The fog is gone -- I am no longer looking through a sheet of waxed paper. But to see the bee on the dahlia I will need a few more weeks.

I had a sudden onset cataract, not the typical slow-developing creeping fogginess that is more typical and is usually a result of aging.  Early this summer I abruptly began to be bothered by bleary, indistinct sight. I thought my glasses were dirty, and compulsively cleaned them all the time. Then I thought it was allergies, causing my eyes to water. I compulsively touched my eye, trying to clear the blurriness.

My eyeglass prescription had gone way off.  So far off I thought I had picked up somebody else's glasses somewhere by mistake.

I bought a macbook laptop this summer with spiffy "retina display" that I thought would improve the jumpiness of text on the computer screen. It was better than the old screen, and after replacing a 6 year old underpowered computer it was wicked fast, but I thought for the price the screen should be a lot clearer.

Now I know better.

In a miracle of modern medicine, they took out the lens in my eye, and inserted an artificial lens that will always be 20 / 20. My laptop display now sings.

I can't wait to read your blogs now and pore over your photos. (Captcha codes are still maddeningly murky, though. There's no operation for that.)

I can't wait to wander in my own garden and see -- really see -- the details of leaf and petal and bug and pollen and yes, even the hidden weeds that took advantage of me this summer when I did not notice them so clearly.

They are toast. I will be able to spot those sneaky buggers soon.
 

30 comments:

  1. Good for you Laurrie. What a terrible thing to happen to you. I am glad it was cured with a new lens. Best of luck with your recovery. How frustrating it must have been to feel your sight going. Now get out there and get after those sneaky weeds that think they have found a new home. When you are able to of course. You don't want to force the issue. By next summer you should be able to see all the bees and bugs that come to visit.

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    1. Lisa, I can't lift anything heavy or bend for a couple weeks, so my weed hunting and gardening activities will have to wait a bit. Good thing it is the end of the season. Next summer, watch out weeds!

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  2. My mom had a similiar surgery for cataracts a few years ago and sailed through it. The whole 20/20 thing is miraculous. At 78 she now has better vision than me!

    Congrats on getting to the bottom of the problem. Vision is so precious. Have fun rediscovering your garden.

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    1. Sue, the ability to restore vision is just awesome, and many elders have benefitted. Pretty amazing!

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  3. That sudden onset cataract sounds really scary. I'm so glad you're now recovering from what sounds like successful surgery. My sister had cataract surgery last year. I know my turn is coming. I turned off word verification on my blog, mainly because I have so much trouble figuring it out on others.

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    1. Alison, the suddenness of this condition was a little alarming, but the treatment was the same as other cataract surgeries, and it is quite successful. Like you, I appreciate all bloggers who turn off word verification!

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  4. Welcome back, Laurrie. I hope you enjoy your clear new world. That said, your eyesight certainly didn't prevent your building and managing a stylish garden. (Ironically, I got my eyes tested today. Vision's still holding.)

    Alison (above) and I agree on word verification. I turned mine off too. They can be annoying, even though I passed the eye test.

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    1. Lee, good for you for getting your eyes checked -- it's important. I don't know about the stylish garden, it grew here as it wanted, with or without any blurry oversight : )

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  5. I've never heard of onset cataracts before, but that must have been frightening to have your vision suddenly become blurry. I'm glad it was successfully corrected, and I wish you a speedy recovery, Laurrie. Yes, eye exams are important--a few years ago I was told I had glaucoma after a routine test during my exam. I had no symptoms and was shocked, but left untreated, I'm told, I could eventually have gone blind. Fortunately, it's easily treated with eye drops. You don't realize how precious your sight is until you start having problems!

    Your garden has looked gorgeous all summer--now you can enjoy its beauty, too! And as for that word verification--many times I've struggled to figure out the words and numbers and wondered if something was wrong with my eyes, too.

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    1. Rose, Glad to hear you got your eyes tested and your glaucoma under control. So important! I wasn't frightened, just mystified at how rapidly things got blurry, and convinced I needed new glasses. I am looking forward to really enjoying all the garden sights now.

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  6. I just got my reminder from my eye doctor today.( She's a gardener and a neighbour) Tomorrow I'll call for my appointment. I only have one useful eye and I'd hate to have it fuzzy.

    Take it easy for the next little while and enjoy some garden book tapes. I'm told the colour blue is remarkable after the surgery!

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  7. Scary, but with a wondeful outcome! I am so happy for you. And thanks for the push. I got my eyes checked a little over a year ago but I think they've gotten worse sense then. Not something to take lightly.

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    1. Loree, I hope I do inspire everyone to get their eyes checked. It matters!

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  8. I'm glad to hear you're on the mend. Xoxo

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  9. Laurrie, you're recovering, that's happiness! I'm glad to read it!

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    1. Nadezda, thank you for your good wishes. It really is happiness : )

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  10. This has had to have been hard to go through. I am glad that your surgery went well and that you can step out from behind the wax paper.

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    1. Jennifer, thanks. It is pretty amazing how clear everything is already, just days after having it done.

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  11. How wonderful that your eye surgery was such a success! I feel quite special to have had a first blog visit from you in this uniquely appreciative and healing phase. I hope it's the first of many!

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    1. MulchMaid, indeed, I will be back to see what you are growing and doing,now that I can see so much better : )

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  12. wow Laurrie, what a scary thing to have happen. So glad this worked out for you and they were able to correct it. Although the very thought of eye surgery makes me seriously queasy. You're tremendously brave to be able to go through with that.

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    1. Marguerite, the ick factor in cataract surgery is pretty daunting, but the operation itself is outpatient and it is a very common surgery, performed frequently. The idea of it is worse than the operation!

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  13. Glad your surgery went well! Must have been rather scary, but hurray for modern medicine.

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    1. Sweetbay, thanks so much. Modern medicine is pretty amazing isn't it!

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  14. Enjoy yanking those cocky weeds with a clear view of exactly what you're doing. So glad you got your eye issue worked out.

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    1. Joene, those weeds will be history now!

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  15. Hooray for technology! I'm so glad your surgery went well. Stay safe in the storm. You're in my thoughts. :o)

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    1. Tammy, thanks! And I am wishing you safety and shelter in this storm too. You'll get the brunt of it. Stay safe.

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  16. So happy to hear about your successful eye surgery!

    I had surgery myself (well, two surgeries actually) about five years ago - the first to remove a cavernous hemangioma (a benign tumor) that was pressing on the back of my left eyeball. My eyesight went from legally blind in that eye to ~ 20/20.

    Then I had to have another surgery to correct the double vision that developed when my brain, which had basically been ignoring the input from my previously useless left eye, now had to reconcile two conflicting inputs. Well, that and the muscles had been stretched in the left eye from the hemangioma.

    Long story short, my eyesight is much better now and I have great sympathy and empathy for those who have gone through similar travails with having eyesight problems and surgical fixes.

    Hooray! So happy everything worked out well for you, surgically speaking :)

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Sorry about requiring code verification -- I experimented with turning it off to make commenting easier, and I got too much spam. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and to type in silly codes. I appreciate hearing from you.