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.

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About scottandjody

Scott and Jody have been married for 39 years and have six adult children and three grandchildren. Scott worked as a CPA for over 32 years and Jody was a homeschooling mom. They are now serving as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador with Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global).
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