The Grand Finale delivers 20/20 vision
Note: This is the fourth installment in the mini-series called “New eyes with Dr. Verdier” about cataracts and eye surgeries. It rightfully carries the bold title, “The Grand Finale.”
The series tracks Emma Palova’s journey from near blindness to new eyes with 20/20 vision. The third part “The Surgery” was published on Oct. 1.
The second part “The evaluation of cataracts” was published on Sept. 13.
The first part “Eyes set on Dr. Verdier” was published on EW Emma’s Writings http://emmapalova.com on Sept. 6.
The Grand Finale
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Grand Rapids, MI- I went into the second surgery even more scared than the first eye because I already knew what was going to happen.
“Each eye is different,” I remembered the anesthesiologist saying.
Dr. David Verdier previously informed me that he was going to adjust the lens for the left eye so it won’t see as far into the distance, but more close-up. That way the two eyes don’t fight, and the result should be a perfect 20/20 vision.
The fear from the surgery caused my blood pressure and pulse to skyrocket. I was sweating in spite of the fact that it was cold in the operating room. I had trouble dozing off under the local anesthesia.
I could feel the work done on the left eye and yellow balls and circles were dancing in front of me. I got a perforated shield on the left eye as well to protect the eye for seven days after the surgery.
When I was hauled into the post-operating stall, I could see my husband as clear as the night sky. Very sharp.
I was again the youngest person on the operating premises. Certain type of cataracts strike “younger” people, and unlike the regular cataracts they move very fast causing deterioration of the eyesight.
“It’s like a dirty windshield,” said Dr. Nathan Schlotthauer during the initial evaluation. “New layers keep adding on to it.”
At the height of the cataract ordeal that started two years ago, I could not see myself in the mirror or drive.
Resting in the post-operational stall, I was glad it was all over.
Dr. Verdier entered the stall, “It went very well.”
Next day’s check-up proved my 20/20 vision, and the technician was just as excited as I was.
“You won’t need eyeglasses,” he said.
I got the last schedule for eye drops that would run through Sept. 19. The medication schedule called for the tapering of prednisolone eye drops. Prednisolone eye drops reduce redness, burning and swelling.
As the AcrySof IQ lens implant adjusted in the eyeball, I could see orange circles on the periphery. Sometimes there was tension in both eyes, but the vision remained beyond expectations.
“You see like a hawk now,” said my husband Ludek.
The last appointment at the Verdier Eye Center was on Aug.22. The first evaluation was on July 11.
“You look great,” concluded Dr. Verdier after recording the case. “You have new eyes. We’re very pleased. You were an excellent patient to have.”
“I am ecstatic doctor,” I cried with joy. “I am a new woman.”
In two weeks I saw my referring eye doctor Dr. Holser back in Lowell, who confirmed the 20/20 vision.
“You probably will never need eyeglasses,” he said. “Dr. Verdier is the best. He is worth waiting for.”
For more information go to: www.verdiereyecenter.com
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A few facts about cataracts according to American Academy of Ophthalmology:
In a normal eye, light focuses precisely on the retina.
In an eye with a cataract, light scatters throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina causing cloudy vision.
Common symptoms of cataracts are: a painless blurring of vision, glare or sensitivity, poor night vision, double vision in one eye, needing brighter light to read, fading or yellowing of colors.
Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years, and may be different even between the two eyes.
Other cataracts in younger people may progress rapidly over a short time.
Surgery is the only way a cataract may be removed. However, if symptoms are not bothering you much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in eyeglass prescription may be helpful.
No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.
More than 1.8 million people have cataract surgery each year in the United States. More than 95 percent of those surgeries are performed without complications.
During cataract surgery, which is usually performed under local or topical anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, the surgeon removes the cloudy lens from the eye. In most cases, the focusing power of the natural lens is restored by replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens implant.
The ophthalmologist performs the delicate surgery using a microscope, miniature instruments and other modern technology.
In many people who have cataract surgery, the natural capsule that supports the intraocular lens may become cloudy over time. I f this occurs, the surgeon may perform an outpatient laser procedure called capsulotomy.
For more information go to: www.aao.org
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