On Monday, 3 February I had surgery on my right eye.  I had a partial posterior vitreous detachment.  Vitreous is the gel that fills the back compartment of the eye from behind the lens back to the surface of the retina.  It is important only during fetal development.  After birth, it serves no purpose so as people age the vitreous gel goes through some changes and can separate from the retina. Usually it doesn’t cause a problem.  However, mine remained attached to the macula and pulled on it, forming a cyst. There was a chance it would resolve on its own so it was watched for about 9 months.  At the end of December, the MD said it was time for surgery as it was getting worse, as measured by repeated scans over the months of follow up.

On Monday it was surgically repaired.  Because he would be working on that eye anyway, the MD also removed a cataract and replaced it with a toric lens implant.  The hope is that I will not need any glasses prescription in that eye.

During surgery, I saw this infusion of a colored dye that aided in the correction of the cyst.  I remembered what it looked like so I could do a sketch.  Otherwise, I only saw shades of gray.

I had to wear an eye shield for a day.  Here I am on Tuesday, about to go to my 24 hour followup.  I was amused by the surgeon’s initials written above the eye.  He wrote it with a Sharpie after talking to me during pre-op prep.

Today is the second day post-op.  I’m already able to read some with the surgical eye without a glasses prescription.  I popped the right lens out of my glasses.  Maybe I’ll just be able to have a monocle!  My neighbor is an optician and suggested contacts have improved so much the vision in my left eye might be able to be corrected and then I would only need one contact lens!

So far, so good!


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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4 Responses to Surgery

  1. Frances Buckmaster says:

    Blimy! We need a pirate event immediately! Any of them in town? You’d fit in with the Seahawk pirates…albeit likely as a hearty wench since they seem to all be guys. 😉 FB

  2. miatagrrl says:

    That’s a trippy sketch of the dye you saw! Glad to hear all is well. I have a photo of myself playing pirate, too!

  3. Judi Nyerges says:

    There was a guy in the Gallery this weekend who was wearing an eyepatch – covered with Seahawk duct tape. You missed your opportunity! Have a speedy and complete recovery!!

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