Uta’s Diary from 2014/03/18 about Cataract Operations

On the 18th of March 2014, that is six years ago I published the following:


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These pictures were taken by daughter Caroline this morning while we were waiting for Peter to come out of surgery. Caroline took the pictures with her phone. I had forgotten my camera. Still, I looked around taking some pictures in my mind. The tree I was touching in the above pictures looked marvellous. It was really smooth to the touch.

Peter’s cataract operation went well. After a couple of hours he was allowed to go home. It was good that Caroline could drive us. Peter has to wear his eye-patch till seven 0’clock tomorrow morning. The patch starts irritating him a lot. He keeps having the feeling that he wants to take it off. At the moment he has been lying down a bit trying to catch up on some sleep.

While we were waiting for Peter, we were able to spend a bit of time in the sun in the hospital grounds. It was a beautiful sunny morning. The older I get the more I love spending time in the sun. I have been reading lately a lot on the benefits of sunshine in connection with the need for Vitamin D. My favourite page on Vitamin D right now is this one:


On the 24th of March 2014 Peter made the followig comment:

“The operation was on Tuesday. All went smoothly and I have no complain regarding the procedure. Next day when the dressing came off I thought I was in London experiencing the fog there. There was no vision in the eye. Luckily I have the other one. The doctor told me this sometimes happens when the patient has glaucoma (which I have). She gave me some tablets to bring the pressure down in the eye. Come back on Friday. Yesterday after two days of taking the tablets I started to see Daisy Duck. She is hanging on the wall in our toilet making sure people don’t misbehave. I call it now doing the “Daisy Test”. At first I could not see her at all we my brand new reconditioned eye. But yesterday afternoon she appeared, if ever so faint, out of the fog.

Last night I went to bed hoping for a further improvement. But in the morning it was all foggy again and Daisy wasn’t to been seen anywhere. Perhaps I used up my power of vision during my REM periods during sleep when I was able to see colourful flowers and bushes.

This morning it was back to my Ophthalmologist. She was happy with the progress I had made (did I ?) and she smiled with happiness as she reported, the pressure in my eye has gone done to “9”. Her smile and friendliness is so generous that I would forgive her losing my eyesight. But, she said, nothing to worry about, stop taking the tablets, increase one of the drops from one to six times a day and come back in five weeks – unless, of course, my eyesight has not improved by Tuesday then she wants me back next week. On questioning her she assured me, that the operation was a full success only my eye is a bit swollen and she is sure all will return to normal. Meantime I run to to the toilet more often and check whether Daisy Duck is appearing out of the fog.”

I wrote on 22nd of March 2014:

“Because of ‘macular hole’ I had an operation in Jan.2001. I had no vision in my left eye before the operation. Sadly the operation made no difference. Apart from having no clear vision in my left eye, I do have cataracts in it now as well. I was told I could have an operation for the cataracts. So far I declined. I was of the opinion since I cannot see with my left eye anyway, the removal of the cataracts would not make much difference. But I am not quite certain about this. Maybe my side vision could be improved with the operation? This is why I might reconsider.”

Now, six years later, I am doubtful whether I should agree to a cataract operation on my ‘good’ right eye. Of course my left eye is still totally blind. So the cataract on this blind eye does not worry me. But for some time now I have been told, that I should have a cataract operation on my ‘good’ right eye. However with glasses I can still see enough with my right eye! So I am very reluctant to undergo an operation. If this cataract on my right eye actually leads to blindness, I would of course like to have this operation, but I think for as long as I can still see enough, I am very reluctant to have an operation. I am told, there is very little risk that the operation may cause a problem to my eyesight. But even if there is only very little risk, I rather not have the operation, since I have no indication that my eyesight has in any way deteriorated during the last few years. I can still read and write and watch television. With glasses, of course. But isn’t that enough?


I wrote on the 24th of March 2014:

“To constantly have to remember so many different eyedrops to take at different times I would say is quite a struggle for Peter. He puts the bottles in a certain order. If he has forgotten one bottle he can see it for then it  stands in line still. Once he has finished with the eyedrop, he puts the bottle in a different place . . . .”

Morning and night Peter is still being kept busy with all these eyedrops!

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