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.