Last Friday night, one of my neighbours commented that my inner eyeball looked red. It felt abit hot and itchy (I'm still not sure if I maybe had scratched it earlier, but since being told women are the worst out of the sexes to have eye irritations due to rubbing their eyes, I now am vigilant to NOT rub) . If you think this is all poppy cock ... go check out this link to learn how dangerous it can be!
When I was washing my face later at night as I prepared for zzzzz time I saw how the blood vessels had broken in the corner of my eye. Pretty ugly to say the least, but it was when I opened my eye up wide, I discovered what looked like a clump of cottage cheese. Of course, I freaked out, when after washing my hands carefully, I couldn't dislodge it. When my DH eventually heard me, he tried with a Q-tip. No luck. So, off to ER at Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) we went.
Three hours later ... it was mutually decided to not remove it (the on call doctor said he could but to me that's like having a dentist do plastic surgery). My ophthalmologist luckily was on call that weekend so he would be contacted the next day. Main thing, they determined it was nothing serious and to use lubricating drops every hour. I felt abit stupid going to ER, but they've told me that I did the right thing, especially being a Type 1 diabetic. The fear of losing my our sight is always in the back of our minds, or it is for me!
So fast forward to Monday, which is today. Took a cool stroll into downtown, and discovered that what the white clump is all to do with is the "Dropless/No Drops Long Acting Meds" that you see in the bill below when I had double cataract surgery performed at the end of July. It will dissolve in time, and as the surgeon said, it lasts a long time. I went this route rather than drops due to already having enough to remember about with diabetes and other meds I take. This way, bing ... it's done ... though as he explained ... he thinks he should now maybe warn his patients about what may occur.
If you notice below, in the bill ... I went private due to feeling unsure about how I'd be treated at the CCH as a Type 1 diabetic wearing an insulin pump and CGM. Also, any laser correction required for follow up to lens implant, is covered with this charge (this is where I'm abit puzzled, if I'd gone public, then I'd be paying for this???). Laser has been performed once to remove cloudiness on the implanted lenses, called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and is often more common in younger cataract patients - so that must mean I'm not an old fart <lol>. Laser will probably be performed again to hopefully correct my other eye that surgeon had difficulty placing lens into the vitreous so it's sitting more securely (that eye had the bigger cataract .. my buggered up eye in this blog had just a itsy bitsy one starting). Today, he also talked of removing that lens and suturing a new one in place rather than compromising my thinning vitreous. The things I learned today when he was open and honest with both myself and my husband.
From a personal point of view, which is why I haven't written in awhile ... I wish I had never had the cataract surgery and saved the $3K for something else (wine, holiday, yadda, yadda). I also wish I had not gone with having BOTH eyes done. I only had a small cataract starting in the other eye (the eye that you see here in this post) ... the other one was supposedly larger. I miss my glasses (have been wearing them since Grade 5), and during this process of recovery, miss having good vision. My vision was never that bad even with needing extra light once in awhile due to the larger cataract, plus I only wore glasses for driving since my eyesight had been improving over the years believe it or not. Now, both distance and close up ... are buggered up - I have my good days of seeing semi-clear ... and bad days where I frustrate myself and my husband to no end when I'm trying to read a recipe or magazine (I do not read as much or watch TV now that often - which I miss so much). Again, I keep on telling myself it's still early days as other cataract patients (thanks Dad) have told me as well as my surgeon.
If you need more help in understanding about cataracts, I highly recommend the Royal Institute of Blind People based in the UK ... it has amazing information ... written in easy to understand terms ... you can find a downloadable .pdf file at this website link. If you're wondering about complications like I've just had with this surgery, check out All About Vision at this website link.
NB: the wait time for cataract surgery varies from province to province in Canada. I was told if I'd not gone private that it would not be performed until 6 months later. If you're Canadian and reading this, you maybe able to find a similar link like this one for Ontario wait times.