Microstents, Part 2

My (Jody) second eye surgery was September 5,  just over a month ago.  Both surgeries went well and my eyes are healing well.  (Here’s my first blog about microstents and my blog about glaucoma.)

A fun thing about my second surgery was being much more alert during the surgery and therefore remembering much more afterwards.  I had a different anesthesiologist who used a lighter hand on the sedative.

Being alert during a surgery has always sounded gross, but it was very cool.  I could see the artificial lens being lowered; it was a glowing disk with wings on each side.  It got bigger and bigger until it popped into place and disappeared.  I also heard Dr. Neale talk his way through inserting the i-stent, and the collective sigh of relief around the table when he said, “There it goes.”

I haven’t yet had a significant drop in my intra-occular pressure (IOP), but Dr. Neale is confident that the i-stent is evening out the normal swings in IOP, even if it can’t be measured.  At this point I’m still using all my drops.

When I’m looking in the distance I really enjoy not being nearsighted.  My vision seems a little clearer than before the surgery, and of course I don’t have glasses in the way.  When I have to look at tiny print, I miss being nearsighted; I can’t take my glasses off and get up really close!  So I hand things to Scott and say, “Read this please.”  At some point I’ll get stronger reading glasses, but I think my eyes are still changing from the surgery.

But, just to be clear, I enjoy not being nearsighted much more than I miss being nearsighted.  It’s definitely a move in the right direction.  I’m very thankful that all went well.

About scottandjody

Scott and Jody have been married for 44 years and have six adult children and four grandchildren. Scott worked as a CPA for over 32 years and Jody was a homeschooling mom. They have been serving as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador since 2014.
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