I just hired a guy to stab me in the eye! 😯
It all started so innocently. I visited my Optometrist for my yearly checkup. I rather like it when a good-looking woman stares deeply into my eyes…. just not when she uses a quarter of a million dollars worth of equipment that looks like it escaped from a nuclear power station.
I have developed a film over both retinas, like a crinkly sheet of Saran, which blurs my vision a bit. Worse, it contracts, and lifts the retina, changing the focus depth, especially at the fovea – the most sensitive part. It’s only going to slowly get worse.
Suddenly, I had a referral to an Optical Surgeon in the Eye Clinic of St. Joseph’s Hospital portion of the University of London (Ontario), a 90 minute drive away. There is a local surgeon who does this operation here, at St. Mary’s Hospital, but both my Optometrist, and my Ophthalmologist swear that the London facility, and my ‘new guy’, are the best in Canada.
We drove down for an examination and consultation – and I have seen the light – in all intensities, and from all angles. It is important that I maintain my sight as long as possible. The wife retains her driver’s licence, just in case, but her vision is worse than mine. The Optometrist says that she is still a way from having it suspended for vision – and that scares the Hell out of me. There are people out there, still driving, with vision worse than the wife’s??! It may explain the plethora of accident-strewn intersections in this town.
An afternoon’s worth of tests revealed that this condition in my left eye is actually worse than the right, but, in the right, there is deterioration of the light receptor cells near the fovea, therefore I would get more benefit from having the right eye operated on first.
Facing having someone cut into your body creates enough mental trauma, even when it’s necessary. I do have a bionic shoulder, and more recently, a hernia patch support. Thinking about somebody cutting into your eye takes a bit more getting used to.
My lady pharmacist said that I sounded very matter-of-fact, when I told her how the surgeon would open the side of the eye, carefully remove the optical gel, strip off this befuddling film, and put the little 3D puzzle all back together.
Once the decision has been made, I have to accept it. It’s not something that I look forward to, but I plan on living another 20 years. I don’t want to have to spend any portion of it unable to read or blog, or housebound because I can’t drive.
Besides, I’ll be unconscious while it’s all happening…. 😯 And then the surgeon casually remarked that, “It’ll be done under local anesthetic.” SCREECH! BANG! WHAT??! What if I twitch? They’ll tape and eye-patch the left eye closed, and inject something to immobilize the optical muscles. They’re going to use one of those things from the movie, A Clockwork Orange, to hold the eye open.
Simulation only. I probably won’t look anywhere near this calm.
What if my head moves? They stick it in a padded vice. Also, I’ll be given a strong sedative, beforehand. Ahhh, good. Me and drugs get along real well. If this is anything like the time they stuck a periscope up my ass, I’ll probably sleep through it all, peacefully.
This is all tentatively scheduled for some time in the New Year. I’ll keep the less queasy of you informed, while I can still see to type. If the first one works out as well as we all hope and expect, they’ll do the other side 6 to 8 weeks later. You can wish me luck if you’d like, but please don’t pray for me. 😀
Click to hear Thomas Dolby tell how it all happened.