Clear Lens Exchange – Part 3
Questions? Questions? Questions?
How does it get any better than this?
I have been asked many questions about the Clear Lens Exchange operations I had. Many of them about people’s fears not about the possibilities that this form of surgery may generate.
So in no particular order …
How do you know what is going to work for you?
I had no idea what form of eye treatment was going to work for me. I knew what I wanted, I wanted new lenses and I didn’t wish to be wearing them in glasses. In order to make a choice I knew I required my eyes testing, something I hadn’t had done for several years.
So initially I booked in with AVC for an assessment of my vision capabilities asking them to let me know which of the treatments would be best for me in their professional opinion.
Again I just knew that they would not be putting their reputation on the line by offering me something that wasn’t a possibility for me.
How long did it take?
The initial assessment at the clinic took about 3 hours with lots of testing of the eyes with various machines and lots of eye drops for different tests plus conversations with optometrists and doctors before discussing what in their opinion would be my best option.
As for the operation itself …
On the day I had a brief chat with the surgeon who put a cross above the eye that was being done that day.
Then there’s the pre-op time in the clinic for blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, putting on of the theatre blue over shoes and paper shower cap as well as lots of local anesthetic and pupil dilating eye drops.
Finally there’s the time in the theatre which is about 15 minutes.
Post operatively …
It’s back to the comfy chair where the blood pressure etc is re-checked before a final chat with Dr Pillai and a very unglamorous clear plastic eye patch is taped across your eye and you are released from the clinic carrying a bag with eye drops, four different types and goggles to be worn at night. Very glamorous 🙂
For me the evenings were spent in my hotel room resting and sleeping with a little bit of food at some point.
Before the operation you do not have to be nil-by-mouth.
There are plenty of people in the small operating theatre along with lots of equipment. The lights are dimmed and you are gently ushered towards the operating table and laid down on it.
After your name and date of birth are checked a nurse approaches and swabs your face around the eye and then applies a very sticky sterile field across the eye and cheek area. The surgeon lets you know what he is doing as he does it, “ A small slit in the paper here,” and it’s done. “Now we clamp the eye open.” And it’s done. A bright light is shone on the open eye and there is a fumbling and a rummaging that I can only assume is the operation in progress.
At no time did I experience any pain or indeed any particular sensation of pushing pressure, which is what I had expected, at all. Everything was very hazy from the sight point of view.
I spent my time focusing on my breathing, relaxing my body, asking question of my body and feeling general sensation of relaxation ripple through me. If my back tensed I sent my focus there and breathed into it asking it to soften and relax.
My right eye was done first and during this process my left eye remained shut with the opposite eye being done the next day.
The very worst thing that happened was the removal of the sterile field from around the eye. It was well and truly stuck in place. Then and only then did I wish I was under general anesthetic as it felt as though my skin was coming off with the dressing. As it happens my skin remained in tact and I was soon sat up, stood up and being ushered into the post op room for my instructions which primarily consisted off how to apply the four lots of drops that are prescribed for each eye.
I was very woozy afterwards and this for me was partly to do with one eye that couldn’t quite believe it could see so much clearer than the other eye.
At no time did I require pain killers of any sort.
Fear off being blinded
I can’t pretend that I didn’t have this as the few people who I told what I was going to do this was all their number one fear. What if there’s a problem and you can’t see any more.
“You can’t have them done so close together, what if you go blind?”
At first I did consider having the eyes done in different months and then I just knew that I was going to be ok. The clinic does so many operations 16 right eyes on the Wednesday I was there and 16 left eyes on the Thursday. The surgeon doing the operations travels the world doing these operations. The clinic specializes in eye corrective treatments.
When Dr Pillai told me that the biggest worry from the surgeons point of view is infection, again I knew that as long as I followed the prescription plan for the eye drops plus all the other recommendations given I was going to be alright.
As for you you must ask your body if this is the the thing it desires.
This is what I did.
I asked my body “Body what will life be like in 5 years time if I do this?” And to be sure that I was doubly convinced I asked “What will life be like in 5 years time if I don’t do this?” The ease I experienced with the first question was all I required to go ahead and book this.
And now I am ready to recycle my old spectacles and say a thank you to them before they go and enjoy my new found clear vision …
Until we meet in person thank you for taking the time to be here.
If you have any further questions about this then please do contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org and would be more than happy to converse with you.