Mom had her first cataracts procedure done this morning. We went in around 8:00, they took her to a room and she had to change her clothes with operating room clothing. They have administered various drops of three different kinds during a half hour period. We waited for about an hour and they took her to the operating room in a wheelchair. She came back in exactly 37 minutes.
She said she did not feel a thing and the whole time she conversed with her doctor. The procedure itself seemed to have taken 5-7 minutes according to her. They used a US made lens. After she was brought back to the room, she was served a light breakfast and discharged. Her eye is covered and no drops or anything is given. Tomorrow we will go in for a check and they will probably prescribe some drops then. She did not complain of anything so, I guess that is a good thing but we will know for sure tomorrow. The doctor told her she would not need glasses from now on except for reading glasses but she has been nearsighted for the last 61 years and she wants to keep on wearing glasses in order not to feel naked. Lol! The doctor told her there are many patients like that.
I paid about USD 200 out of pocket since she had the procedure at a private hospital and Social Security covered only a part of it. Had it been a state hospital, it would be free but, we like to have the option to choose doctors and sure glad we have the funds to do so at least for these types of smallish expenses. May God keep us (and everybody else) from bigger health issues where we could feel helpless.