Eye Surgery Details – Part Two

Once again, way too many details, mostly for my real-life friends.

I forgot to mention that right after the surgery, I was allowed to put my right contact lens in, so after I came home, I was able to put the old lens on. After three weeks of glasses, it felt great. The left eye was still foggy, and also there were random dark “bloody” spots floating around, but for those, I knew they would go away.

I also knew that my operated eye might still change, but not significantly. So when I woke up Wednesday morning and took my eye shield off, I knew right away that that was not -2 or -2.5
My appointment was st 8-45 AM, and again in a distant location. Vlad came to me in the morning and drove me there.

When the doctor’s assistant was trying to measure my vision, I told her that I see nothing on the screen, no matter how big it is, that the screen and the wall are blurry. So She stepped closer and measured the max distance fro which I could see things clearly.

After a while, the surgeon came in, and I told him it must be -6 or so. He checked it, and it turned to be -4. I said: doctor, let’s discuss what can be done now. He started again about Lasic, and I told him: forget about Lasic for a moment, I need to understand how I am going to function in the next four weeks.

Right now, I can manage around the house and can walk on the streets with extra caution. I can’t drive because my -4 is not annulled by the eye, which is in the lens. Besides, for the operated one, the astigmatism is presumably gone, but for the one with the lens – not. Also, I have a different close vision on both eyes.

We agreed that I can get glasses with one lens closer to -4, and another one clear, and this will help me till the next eye is operated. But I will need to get off the right contact lens a week before the surgery. First, they said – three days before, but during this last conversation, the surgeon said – better a week before surgery. This raises another interesting question – what I will do then. I can try to replace one lens from the -14 glasses with -3…if it will work, and if it will be enough time to make this replacement.

And guess what – he said that he will change my second lens to monofocal. Wasn’t it what I’ve asked him from the very beginning?!

Then Vlad, who was protecting me better than any helicopter parent, asked him whether I can get an extra prescription for one of my eye drops. I told him previously that I was afraid I will run out of them because I would miss my eye quite often. The surgeon pulled the drawer of his desk and gave me three boxes, saying -you should not have paid that much, I have no problem giving you samples. And then he said that he will send prescriptions for my second eye to another pharmacy, which won’t’ chare me more than sixty dollars per one prescription.

When we returned home, I called my optometrist, and we had a long conversation. I explained to her that I am not functional at the moment, and I do not care if I will have to change a prescription two days later – I need something. Since she was not going to be in today, we agreed on Friday, She is going to figure out something for my left eye, and she is going to send me to the 1-hour place. Their lab takes up to seven days to process a prescription.

Today I went to work. I walked to the train station, using extra caution when crossing. I was OK, walking around the office, but working on the computer is challenging because I can only use one eye at a time.

10 thoughts on “Eye Surgery Details – Part Two

  1. Too bad they decided against mono vision for this eye but hopefully, Lasik should fix your -4. So, you are not functioning because the operated eye is -4 or because it is blurry?
    In any case, sounds like you are not in pain or discomfort now which is good news. And were able to go to work already which is also great.
    Please keep posting updates about your progress!

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  2. I have no desire to do Lasic because I do not see any reason to go to another surgery which is absolutely not necessary medically. It is not blurry, but it is -4, which means I can’t drive and can’t really work (I mean, I work, but it is VERY difficult, especially because my close vision is also different in both eyes) Besides, I have no idea what will
    happen in a week when I will need to remove my right contact. And after the second surgery. The surgeon’s final word was that “there is no lens in the world” which can fix me. 9Which he should have told me in October, I would make a better decision then)

    So it is just a question “to which extent :). I had no option NOT to do this surgery because otherwise, I would go blind from cataract, so no matter what I would choose., these weeks will be challenging :).

    What I was afraid of, and what has happened is that for about six weeks I will have A LOT of difficulties to perform essential functions. And you know me well enough to understand that it means there IS a problem :).


    1. OK, understood about the Lasik and “no other option but surgery” because of cataracts.

      But what you are saying about not being able to do essential functions for the next 6 weeks sounds a bit scary. Why is that? One eye has -4 (which is way better than -14), pain is gone, astigmatism is gone, right? Another eye will be done in 2 weeks, few days later it should be as good as the first eye today. Are you talking about the logistics – contacts/glasses/different vision in both eyes?

      Sorry for all these questions but I am trying to prepare myself and getting a little worried. I have a vacation in Italy booked 1 week after my second surgery and want to convince myself it was not a mistake. Thanks!

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  3. Natasha, you will have none of these problems, that’s why I’ve told you earlier, that my problems are mine:), not other people’s :). My problem is, that at the moment I have -4 for which I have no glasses, and my vision is VERY different in both eyes. I can’t focus on any object, and I can’t see well anything, both long-distance and up close. (+1 in one eye and +2.5 in another). IF I will get glasses for -4 today, I will still have up close problems, and in 5 days, when I need to take my right lens off, I will have -17 in the right eye. You will have none of those because your operated eye will have perfect vision/

    -4 is better than -17, but you can’t operate safely even inside the house with -4. It actually may be worse, that was his estimate yesterday. When I stretch my hand in front of me, the fingertips are already blurry


    1. OK 🙂 Please know I feel for you and hope in a few weeks all these issues will be successfully sorted out!

      In my case, yes, they are aiming at having 20/20 vision in both eyes. They tell me I won’t need any glasses in between surgeries because they operate on the dominant eye first. Once healed, it should take over.

      I am planning to take one lens out of my frame (or replace it with a plain lens) to wear during the healing process and then no glasses at all. If everything goes well, that is.

      How is your light sensitivity? They told me it would be very bad and I would need really good sunglasses.


  4. yes, they actually gave me a very solid sunglasses :). I know that objectively I am better off, and yes, in six weeks all will be final. That’s why my concern is about my very immediate situation. I live by myself, as you know :), which means I can’t delegate anything to anybody, and what’ more important, I have my Mom to take care of. And actually, in five weeks I need to be in NY, where I have one-day training to teach, one panel to hold, one talk at the conference, and one more public appearance at the women’s tech event :).

    I will figure this all out, but I could not plan ahead. That’s why I didn’t want to talk about it before because I do not like to complain (it is not productive), and also, as Boris put it, there was no need to discuss two hundred possibilities when the only one will happen :). I was hoping it will end up on a better side because even -2 will be tons better… but it is what it is, and that’s what I am going to live with


    1. I understand, and it will be all over soon. I wish I could be there and help you out but in case you do want to complain, feel free, I am always here 🙂

      I like how Boris put it, well said!


      1. You should not actually talk to me:), because this just scares you, and you won’t have any of my problems. In fact, I mentioned our conversation to my doctor on Friday, and her reaction was – no, your situation is unique, your friend will be fine!


        1. Thanks for asking your doctor! I hope so too.
          I have a couple of other things to worry about at the moment (trip to Italy, other doctors visits unrelated to my eyes etc.) so my anxiety is kind of spread out 🙂


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