Friday, August 21, 2009

On getting a new eye

Well, in reality, a new lens to replace the cataract-bedimmed lens I am currently sporting in my right eye.

What continually amazes (and awes) me is medical apparatus. Despite its benign purpose, most looks to have been designed by the prop man for a horror movie. I suspect that the scary machinery is part of what frightens people about a visit to the doctor or the lab or the hospital. Especially kids.

After all is said and done, this device is a fancy (and extra-expensive) version of a microscope to let the MD look straight into one's eye.

A cool lens setup (above) and, yes, below. The dial-monster pair is, I believe, used to outfit one with the right set of glasses.

Considering how optical medicine has advanced in my lifetime, I'm quite happy to put up with any monster devices that will help the surgeon to renew my right eyebone.

11 comments:

Sandy said...

I had this done about two years ago - first the left and then the right - worst first. After 60 plus years as a VERY near-sighted woman with contact lenses, I was suddenly 20-30 in the right eye, with not only clarity of vision, but the colors were brighter, too!!!

I asked, because I am insatiably curious, if my surgeon could arrange for me to watch a procedure. He was pleased that I wanted to and made the arrangements. (He had to get permission for the patient I would be observing....) Knowing what was going to be happening made it a lot easier for me to be calm on that Big Day!!!

My recovery was brisk and uneventful. Then two months later I went in and had the other one done. My excitement to be well-balanced and clear-sighted, to say nothing of being without contact lenses permanently, was over the moon! And that surgery was equally uneventful.

I wish you an easy and uneventful one as well... sandy

Steve said...

Thanks for the post, it reminds me I need to go in for an eye checkup.

Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

The last photo has that looking into the eyes of a robot feeling.

Buena suerte

Hermano

RV-boondocker-explorer said...

I can't believe it. Granny J is being turned into a cyborg, right out of Star Trek.

Granny J said...

sandy -- my dotter, who was extremely nearsighted, was given a Lasik job by her grandmother. I will never forget the look of wonder that came on her face as she saw the stars of the night sky for the first time.

steve -- good idea

bro -- guess what...

boonie -- I'm nothing if not easily assimilated.

Anonymous said...

Bionic GJ!

iRobotGJ!

Let's come up with fun cyborg names for you.

Hope all goes well and that you're pleased with the results.

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

anon av -- how about Jrobot or Cygran or Bigran.

Lucy said...

Ooh, good luck. Sandy's comment is very encouraging, isn't it? I do admire you taking pictures of such things, I think I'd be a bit over-awed!

Granny J said...

lucy -- I might also, but I've been in this exmining room several times, so it's familiar territory.

Anonymous said...

Cygran!

That's my vote. LOL

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

anon av -- cygran it is, once I've been assimilated.

 
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