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“I had to put glasses on to read and my distance vision started to go so I was wearing different glasses for driving and watching TV. I had on occasions left my glasses behind and was hopeless without reading glasses.
It was a big decision to go for replacement of my natural lenses, but I know a lot of people who required the surgery for cataracts so figured that one day I would need it anyway and better to have it now and have the benefit whilst I am still very active.
I had screening checks first in Cardiff and then went for further even more detailed screening in Bristol. I didn’t really like the idea of being awake whilst the op was performed but I can honestly say it was fine.
After more pre-op checks, my left eye pupil was dilated with drops and anaesthetic was given in the same way. Just before going into the operating theatre I was given a sedative and a further aesthetic was given to my eye which also stopped my eye from moving for the op. The operation took about 10-15 minutes, I could see bright lights, colours and was aware of fluid being flushed over my eye, but no pain and I was calm (much to my surprise)!
A patch was put over my eye and I was told to put drops in the eye after 4 hours. When I did this I could see pretty well, but because my eye pupil remained dilated at this stage I got really strange reflections of lights, hitting the edge of my lens. I was warned about this but it was a bit scary because it was quite extreme and I worried it might stay that way; it looked like large hoola hoops or halos of light in front of my eyes. Also I looked like the devil’s daughter, my eye was very bloodshot.
The next morning I went for my prearranged check. I could see really well, the halos had gone and I noticed white with my new lens was much whiter, with my other eye whites looked yellowish by comparison. I was told the bloodshot eye was down to a reaction to the anaesthetic and I observed that everyone else seemed to have got away without it. My other eye was done the week after and I had exactly the same experience and reaction. The bloodshot appearance of my eyes cleared within days.
I now have better than 20/20 vision and it is brilliant! I can pick up tins and read contents without searching for my specs. I can see distance, read road signs and don’t need to carry glasses around with me. Two things to note, it was necessary to administer 3 sets of eye drops for 3 weeks and one of those did sting, but not everyone found that so. Also as warned I get a bit of a flare effect of car lights so night driving takes a bit of adjustment.
Overall I’m very happy and really glad to have a life free of glasses.”