Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vision Renewed

Dear reader, if you are wondering why I haven’t been posting articles as I have usually done in the past it is due to the fact that I am recovering from my cataract surgery last Thursday. Even though my eye is healing steadily, my vision is still adjusting and I all too easily suffer from eye fatigue. I have to avoid any heavy lifting and I need to apply three sets of drops four times a day. I have noticed some other peculiarities with the vision in my left eye, such as a rippling effect on the left corner of my eye and occasionally seeing halos when I look at points of light in the darkness. These anomalies will slowly disappear as my left eye heals, but the resultant clarity of vision (almost perfect vision unaided) is more than worth the troubles that I am undergoing right now.

I will most definitely need to get a new prescription for my left eye, since my glasses are actually complicating my overall eyesight. I am also going to have to work on getting both eyes working together again, something that I haven’t been able to do for nearly a year or more. This period of re-adjustment will take some time, but right now my eyes are too tired after a day at work staring at my computer monitor. I am also finding that closing my eyes for half an hour also helps to alleviate eye fatigue, but a short nap is even better.

Despite these drawbacks, I have quite a number of articles planned, but I am unable to work on them after my work day is done. Hopefully, this period of transition will change soon, but right now, I am way behind in my writing assignments. I hope that you understand this unplanned negligence on my part, and that as soon as my eye heals and my vision re-adjusts, I will get back to cranking out eight articles per month.

Anyway, have a good holiday weekend (for my U.S. readers, Thursday is Thanksgiving) and stay safe and well. I have a number of things that I am certainly thankful for to meditate upon over the long weekend, and the restoration of my vision through modern medicine is one of them. I am also thankful that I have the medical benefits necessary to pay for this service. There is much to think about and consider as I rest and recover, but I am mending well and will hopefully be much more focused on my writing in the near future.

Frater Barrabbas


  1. Leslie and I wish you all the best with your recovery, Brian. About 5 years ago i had lasik performed on one eye only. Being both a bit near sighted and far sighted simultaneously, this is the best the surgeon could do.

    What resulted is called "monovision."What "monovision" boils down to is that, whether I am looking close up or far away, everything is both in sharp focus and blurred at the same time. A lot of people can not stand this, but Gemini that I am, my brain has no problem at all focusing attention on the clear vision.

    Monovision has liberated me from bifocals, or as an alternative TWO sets of glasses. In fact, I have not need glasses ever again since the surgery. I hope that you are eventually as happy with your surgery as I am. For me it was quite a liberation.

  2. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.