Cataracts.

Hi,

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Yesterday I went to town for my yearly eye test, which is now free because I am over 60.

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Last year the Optician used some kind of new camera that takes a photograph of the insides of your eyes, in order to check for all kinds of disease and degeneration.

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You are only told the results if you are willing to pay a fee of £10,( because this is not covered by the N.H.S.), and then the Optician will examine theresulting picture and describe the condition of your eyes with you.This result is then stored as a reference for use when the following year’s examination takes place.

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You are helped to decide to pay for this, by being asked to read a handout  containing horrible pictures of eye diseases with very scary names, which you are given to look at while waiting for your appointment.

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You find that your purse strings loosen much more easily after reading it.
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By the way, I think that this is a stupid, money saving, penny pinching exercise because it is obviously better to catch a disease early, and treat itat that point, instead of leaving it until it is causing worse health problems which need more urgent treatment

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Or even more tragically. The person could well end up with impaired sight or even be blind.

A situation which is a nightmare for them and which then creates a need for ongoing care, to be paid for out of dwindling funds.

Stupid shortsighted thinking.  DUH!!

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Anyway, I digress somewhat.

I myself am extremely shortsighted and cannot see a bat without my glasses.

Not that I would want to see one closely with my glasses on of course!

More digressing. Get on with it Jaksie.

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Well, last year I had the eyeball pictures taken and examined, only to be told that my blood vessels were a bit curly instead of straight, and that it could be a sign of high blood pressure.

Also that there were signs of cataracts forming in both eyes.

It would appear that there was yellowing, which is how they begin.

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Yesterday after all the usual testing we got to the screening of the optical classic  ‘Are You Going Blind Yet’,  starring our reluctant heroine…Jaksie herself.

After the short but scary matinee I got the good news.

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The curly blood vessels were exactly the same as they were last year, meaning that I was born with that particular deviation from the norm.

My reply was that it was not fair to be given that particular gift because I would much rather have been given the talent to play the piano very well.

Then, I was quickly slipped the bad news. My eyes were less good.  A bit more yellow, but no furring or blurring to the fibres as yet.

We discussed the future actions that could be taken.

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I would have enjoyed hearing about it all, if it had been about someone else, and not about me.

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In the old days people would be left a long time before being offered surgery, even to the point of being unable to see much, but now the problem is dealt with much more quickly

Obviously paid for with all the £10 charges for the eyeball pictures!!!!!

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Although there have been different treatments available for the correction of shortsightedness available for many years now, I have never been too tempted to do it, because I am an artist and my vanity is less strong than my need to see things properly.

Unfortunately the axis of my particular world has shifted now.

If I do nothing then I will not be able to see eventually, so doing nothing is not an option for me.

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I was told that some people have found that their eyesight has improved after a cataract operation, compared to their pre-cataract eyesight.

I was told that the eye surgeon can use a process whereby a new lens is inserted through a small incision to replace the cataract, and that this can be done in such a way as to improve the sight with the same type of results as Lasik.

I know about Lasik, because my eldest son’s beautiful new Fiance had eyesight worse than mine, and she had Lasik treatment before Xmas.

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She and my son researched things most thoroughly and found a wonderful doctor in Central London, who has invented and patented a lot of cuttingedge equipment, so that he can perform amazing work
She had previously been told that,with eyesight so poor that  she was practically blind without her specs, it would be impossible to treat her.

She was told to get used to her contact lenses because that was the best she could ever expect.

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This guy did a great many tests on her eyes and found that the reason she had trouble with her lenses was because she was allergic to the cleansing solutions used.

He also found that she naturally has a very thin covering to her eyes, and  said that this meant she only had one bite at the cherry.

Usually eyes change slightly as they settle after the Lasik, and this can be adjusted, if necessary, a year or so later during a second operation.

But this option would not be a possibility for her, because of that thinness.

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Anyway, he did the operation, about 7 or 8 months ago, and she now has 20/20 vision, and she is still full of wonder at what excellent vision she has.

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As for me I am looking on the bright side. If I have to have cataracts removed then I shall see if I can use that opportunity to get my eyes fixed.

Always a silver lining.

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LoL

PS. I will find out and post up the details about the amazing eye doctor for you at some later date if I can work out how to insert stuff etc.

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