Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eyes - Lunch with Co-workers

(Garner, NC) -  My turn to get up early, but not as early as yesterday.  I went to my eye exam.  I had lots of questions, including one about the bloodshot eyes I get once in awhile.  I've mentioned it on the blog a couple times.  I also have very early cataracts in both eyes.  It's all related to getting older.  Just like they say, getting old isn't for whimps.  I'm actually in good shape and there was no change in my glasses prescription.  I'm good for another year.

I had a half hour to spend before going to lunch with a co-worker, so decided to stop at the dollar store just to look around. I was tempted to get some Halloween stuff, but that would mean storing it and I just don't want to do that.  I went to lunch with a friend and had a super time getting caught up on what's going on in her life.
I stopped at mom's to help her with a few things then headed back home. While I ran my errands all day Jim went to lunch with another one of his ex-coworkers and then went to see the movie "Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps."  The first "Wall Street" is one of his favorite movies so he was looking forward to seeing this second one.  He really enjoyed it.

We are both going for walks in the evening when it's more comfortable. We hope to stick to a walking plan once we get settled in Florida.  We'll have more time then.  We both need to walk more.

The week is moving along and we're getting things accomplished.

1 comment:

Budd Nash said...

Yep. Been there, done that with the cataracts in 1995-1997. Have had implants ever since and it has been glorious!

You see, my eyesight had always been really terrible, well over 250/20 at its best since the 4th grade in 1954. In the early '90s I had some eye surgeries (RK, actually) which only helped some since I also had a lot of astigmatism.

Repeated surgeries and eventually LASIK (which really worked well in the end) resulted in repeated dosing with prednisone and other steroids post surgery. Steroids are one thing that frequently promotes cataracts in people of any age, even kids.

In my case, my eyes after LASIK went from 20/15 to 20/2400 in about 6 months. The typical response of most eye doctors was that I had juvenile cataracts and just ignore them.

Fortunately, the guy I went to did not believe in this and took them out and put in implants. In doing so, he was also able to completely correct my nearsightedness so my vision became perfect but now with pretty fixed focal lengths.

I found that even juvenile cataracts can make one's effective vision way worse than simple eye chart tests typically reveal. It drastically changes one's color perception and greatly reduces the visibility of higher colors like green, blue, and violet which are the colors that give crisper fine vision.

For me, never being able to even see my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night to being able to see well (except for the astigmatism in low light) was a miracle! These past 15 years of the best eyesight of my life has been worth whatever discomforts it took to get me here.

Cataracts are not just unimportant just because they are called juvenile. Even at this stage, they can be making vision a lot more impaired than simple eye tests often indicate and should be really tested deeper for color perception, depth perception and delays in how quickly one can recognize what they see. This can make a lot of difference when driving a vehicle in dimmer light conditions.