That's pretty much what I looked like for the rest of the day after my cataract appointment. Those pupil dilation drops are long lasting, dude. I totally rocked the indoor sunglasses look for a few hours.
Now I have to pick out my new eyeballs.
I've been doing a little studying about eyeball anatomy. The lens is a pretty spectacular piece of equipment. It is very fluid and has the ability to change thickness, thus allowing you to see clearly both up close and far away. As we age, the lens become more rigid and that's why our near vision is usually impacted. Some of us also develop cataracts on the lens.
With cataract surgery, a self-healing incision is made into the eyeball and the old lens is removed, all the remaining cataract goop is vacuumed out, and an new artificial lens in inserted into the eye. The standard monocular lens is covered under Alberta Health Care, but with it, one loses some near vision, so that 95% of people need to wear reading glasses afterward. Distance vision is improved.
However, a multifocal lens is now also available, which is not covered under health care and runs close to $3,000 for both eyes. The multifocal lens is comprised of concentric rings of varying thickness which allows for near and far vision. Apparently intermediate vision is slightly compromised. The major drawback is that there is some issue with a slight halo effect around lights at night, because of the presence of the rings. I already deal with a massive halo effect around lights, so I figure anything is an improvement.
I have to decide which I want. I am leaning toward the multifocal lens. It seems like the best technology and since lens replacement is a one-shot deal (the new lens adheres to the capsular bag and thus cannot be removed), it makes sense to go with the best option available. Plus the Spousal Unit (bless his heart and his unending support) has already said cost be damned, make the choice you think is best.
What would you do?
Did you know: once you have an artifical lens in place, you will never get cataracts again? Cataracts cannot grow on the artificial lens. Cool, eh?