Tuesday, February 25, 2014

One down, one to go! Cataracts Procedure

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.


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  1. Glad everything went well. Mom had drops the week before and is still taking them now but is really back to normal and says she can see much better. Good thoughts and wishes for your mom

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    1. Thanks J udy! I wish both moms a fast recovery. I am also glad yours has already started to see better.

      Mom used two drops three days prior to her procedure too. I am almost sure she will be prescribed some tomorrow.

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  2. My mom had her first eye done yesterday. Drops go in 4xdaily for 15 days ( 2 different types), she'll have the other eye done in two weeks. She had a panic attack when they drapped her with a sheet... they got her through it. However, they neglected to tell her that she needed care for the first night. Guess who had to take the night off?

    Glad to know your mom is ok... and my mom has been wearing glasses for the same amount of time, 61 years..

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    1. Hi Sam, I wish your mom a speedy recovery. Today, they took the bandage off my mom and gave her 3 different kinds of drops, one 3 times a day, the other 4 times a day, and the last one 5 times a day. This is pretty mind boggling so I programmed several alarms on her cell phone. She first protested telling me that she still has the brains to keep up with three drops but after that she really liked the reminders:) Next Monday she will go in for a consultation and her next eye will be scheduled then. Probably for next Thursday.

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