January 11, 2013

The Eyes Have It

Chichagof Island, Alaska

This photo doesn’t have anything to do with my post’s subject matter. But I can’t miss an opportunity to show you a pretty picture, right?

I got another checkup today at the ophthalmologist. My eyes are currently dilated and the whole world is blurry. Gosh, I hate that. Take away my eyesight and I’m practically a puddle of mush.

According to the eye doctor, it’s just a matter of time. What am I babbling about? There are cataracts in both of my eyes. I’ve known for about a year now. I have no idea how much they are impacting my vision, but the doctor says I’m at stage 3. Whatever that means. Silly me forgot to ask about the various stages. But the bottom line is that I should have the surgery whenever my eyesight bothers me sufficiently. Sadly, he doesn’t offer much hope for rectifying the humongous floaters in my left eye. Fiddlesticks.

For a while now, I have struggled to do color balancing when editing images in Photoshop. At least I have a proper excuse, instead of blatant ineptitude, if my images seem a bit “off” to you, LOL! So far, that’s the only impairment that I have noticed.

I’m putting off any consideration of surgery at this time. I just don’t think it is troublesome enough yet. In the meantime, I would appreciate any personal experience information from my dear blog readers. And I thank you kindly, in advance!


  1. John says that, when the time is right, go for the top shelf more expensive surgery rather than the basic cataract surgery. He thinks you'll be happier.

  2. sorry to hear that, donna. i'm sure you'll know when it is time for surgery...

  3. I had to go with the Medicare plan, and things turned out really except that I had to go back with one that was still a little cloudy. But, how great was it that I no longer needed glasses for distance for the first time probably 30 years. :)

    They did one, sent me home, then the other one a week or two later. You don't feel anything at all while it's being done, and nothing afterwards.

    So, that's my two cents for whatever it's worth! :)

  4. Donna! oh! hope you are reading this tomorrow (today) and seeing it well. I hate when my eyes are dilated. The first time he did it, I had to drive back to work, far. It was not GOOD!

  5. That doesn't sound like any fun. I hate the floaters in my eyes. It's most noticeable when I look at the sky. So I try not to look at the sky. LOL!

  6. I can't help you with a personal experience, but anyone I've known, have been very happy with their results.

  7. My friend, I've not had cataract surgery but I learned last year that I have cataracts forming. I'm not worried because my dear, little mother had the surgery about a year ago on one eye that had gotten very bad and it turned out fantastic! She could see so well and has been reading up a storm ever since. She didn't need the other eye done yet but she will when she needs it. I say - go for it when you begin to feel things change enough to compromise your vision. Don't wait - and yes, if you can, go for the best lenses. You'll be happy you did.

  8. Donna - Charles had cataract surgeries a couple years ago and it has made a world of difference to him. He is an artist and he was having trouble seeing colors. He had to go to Seattle because his eyes are very long and they were worried about retinal detachment (also, because he is an artist!).

  9. Mom had the surgery several months ago and she is 89 years old. She can now see very well and is very happy.
    No side effects or negative experiences.
    It is a lovely picture you posted!

  10. My brother had it and said he didn't realize just how bad his eyes were until after the surgery. Made a world of difference. I say go for it!

  11. I haven't had that surgery but my dad did a few years ago and he no longer needs his glasses He was very happy that he had it done. I probably wouldn't be able to tell if any of your pictures is off because they are all beautiful to me!

  12. Love your photos Donna! Gorgeous shot!
    I had that done about a year ago...My eyesight IMPROVED! 20/30 now. I see great far out but need reading glasses...uggg...


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