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Prior to my initial cataract surgery (the day before Thanksgiving in 2020) I would talk to those that had had the surgery to get a feel as to what I should expect. Suffice to say I was a bit uneasy about my eyes cut open under local surgery. Everyone I spoke to was categorical in assuring me that I would not feel a thing & that it was a piece of cake. They were RIGHT. It is pretty miraculous. The other thing they all mentioned, without fail, was the eye drops that you had to use post-surgery & how vital it was not to forget using the drops. All those that I spoke had been given multiple bottles of drops & they had to use drops from each of the different bottles.
That, however, was not the case with I. I only used ONE bottle. SOME of the doctors at OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, including the OUTSTANDING Dr. Theodor Sauer who was my surgeon, had started using a specially formulated 3-in-1 compound to make it easier on us. And it sure was. I did not have to contend with multiple bottles. Just one bottle. This specifically formulated compound, however, was only available from ‘Imprimis Rx’ — via prescription (& it was NOT covered by insurance). Imprimis Rx was a JOY to deal with. Some of nicest folks I have ever dealt with. Extremely helpful & responsive. In the end, given that I ended up having three surgeries (two on my right eye), I needed 3 bottles.
The drops worked well — from what I can tell. They would sometimes sting but would then settle down & prove to be extremely soothing. I confessed to the doctor that I was concerned that I was getting addicted to them. I know I used more that I should. But, that is all in the past. To be honest, my last bottle is not empty, & it sits on my bathroom counter, BUT I do not use it. I use over-the-counter eye drops as I am now supposed to use.
I am sharing this for those of you who might be getting cataract surgery in the future. You should definitely ask about these 3-in-1 drops from your surgeon. They could make the whole pre- & post surgery that much easier.
Basically FOLLOW-UP cataract surgery — on my RIGHT eye; my bad eye. We always knew that this was the eye that was going to be challenging.
I had cataract surgery on it, by the AMAZING Dr. Theodor Sauer of OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, on December 7, 2020. Wow. As I detailed here, for the first time in 52-years I could see out of that eye without glasses or contacts.
But, it was NOT perfect. The LEFT eye, which I had done 12-days earlier, is near perfect.
We did NOT expect the same results from the right eye.
I saw Dr. Sauer this last Monday, January 4, 2021. He thinks he can IMPROVE on the right eye.
So, I am having SURGERY again this coming Monday, January 11, 2021.
He is going to open my eye & get to the implanted lens. Then he is going to rotate it 15 degrees. I forgot to ask him in what direction. Doesn’t matter to I. He knows. I trust him — implicitly.
Wow. I am excited.
Well I will keep you posted.
The 14-year old, in pink, is handling the snowblower. This is our 2nd year with a snowblower. I taught her to use it last year. Though she pretends to complain she likes using it. Beats shoveling snow — THOUGH she is very good & FAST at shoveling. She is like a machine. Just gets going.
They both have had years of practice. Prior to last year we did it all by hand. Then I busted my knee when I slipped shoveling. THEY insisted that we get a snowblower. So, I got this monster, 3-stage. It sure worked well today.
Yes, I did fair amount of driving the snowblower. But very little shovelling for a change. I am not supposed to do much since I had cataract surgery just last week! SMILE.
Search ‘snow’ & ‘snowblower’.
It was a LOT of snow, at least 20″ (0.5 meter). But, that was NOT going to dent my walking streak. I have walked more than 10K steps, a DAY, without a single break, since April 17. 244-days & during that time I had two cataract surgeries. Still got my steps in even on those days. Doctor knew it. He was all for it.
Then, with the help of my two daughters (14 & 20, we cleared the drive. SMILE.
My results on the Portal.
First surgery was the day before Thanksgiving & ‘they’ were content with a 15-minute RAPID TEST. I was able to get that done, quite efficiently, with minimal wait, at my local ‘ClearChoiceMD‘ in Alton. I was happy — though they charged me $75 on the spot (though I have Medicare (Advantage) Insurance).
My second surgery, on my right eye, was this Monday — post the Thanksgiving SPIKE in infections. They wanted a ‘PCR Test’.
ClearChoiceMD only does the 15-minute rapid test. No PCR.
Called the ‘Huggins Hospital‘ COVID Hotline. They were OUTSTANDING.
They understood. They appreciated that it was for PRE-OP.
They PROMISED me results within ’24-hours’ & they delivered, albeit, in ’28-hours’ (rather than 24). But, that was still GOOD. Brilliant. I was so happy & relieved.
I called Thursday around mid-day. They gave me a 11am appointment, in Wolfeboro, the next day, i.e., Friday. My surgery in Boston was at 1:45pm on Monday.
They promised me the results on Saturday — via their Portal.
There was no line or waiting for the 11am TESTING. It was drive-through. Very slick. I was out & on my way by 11:08am. 8-minutes.
I had the test results around 1pm on Saturday (ahead of the BIG storm). I was so relieved. They even faxed it to OCB.
They delivered as they promised.
They knew — & MARKED THE TEST — PRE-OP.
So, now YOU know. IF you need a PCR Test, quickly, call Huggins.
My Cataract Surgeries, By Dr. Theodor Sauer Of OCB (Boston), Pretty Close To Miraculous — My Best Vision In 52-Years!
I had both eyes done 12-days apart.
Dr. Theodor Sauer
I am uncharacteristically lost for words to adequately describe
his brilliance, CARING & dedication.
For health reasons you cannot donate used contact lenses. I looked.
I can see AGAIN!
I can actually see & read things without contact lenses or glasses. I have not been able to do that in over 52-years! 52-years. That is a longtime.
This is the BEST VISION I have had since I was 14-years old. I am in awe.
Dr. Theodor Sauer is a genius. A magician. I am in awe of his skills & his traits as a caring, compassionate human being. Wow. He is a GOOD MAN. Salt of the Earth.
He worked Thanksgiving morning so folks like I could have surgery the day before (given that OCB insists on a post-op check-up the day after surgery). He has called me at 9am on Saturday & at 6:30pm in the evening. He cares. He is dedicated. He is brilliant.
I lucked out. I did not pick him. OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, never gave me a chance. He was assigned to I & I could NOT be gladder. I lucked out. I won the lottery.
No pain, not even any discomfort! Did NOT have to take any pills after surgery. Both eyes GREAT.
He also has two amazing support staff: Jessica J. & Carla A. They were both outstanding. So helpful, so patient. I lucked out.
I found OCB on the Web. I wanted my eyes ‘done’ in Boston. SMILE.
I called them, for the first time, on September 10, 2020. They told me I had to go 3-weeks without contact lenses in either eye. Based on that they got me an appointment with Dr. Sauer on October 1, 2020.
88-days from 1st phone call to having my 2nd eye done!
Not even 3-months. Some places in New Hampshire couldn’t get me in for my preliminary appointment for 3-months.
Am I happy? Am I glad? Am I excited? It is nice to be able to see.
Second time in 20-months that I have totally & utterly lucked out with surgeons. March 2019 was when I needed my emergency quadricep tendon tear surgery. That time I was assigned Dr. Charles Blitzer. He also did magic & I honestly thought I would never, ever encounter a doctor as good as Dr. Blitzer. Then I was assigned Dr. Sauer. Has to be Karma. I was due some, but I seem to have been rewarded in buckets.
So, when it comes to OCB all I have is praise, kudos, admiration, respect & THANKS. I can’t recommend or endorse them any higher. I lucked out.
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This would have been I. I can relate.
But, you would have thought SOMEONE would have spotted it. Never mind.
Message still very VALID & appreciated.
This was in Boston.
MGH = Massachusetts General Hospital.
Talking about all the good folks that work at MGH.
Yes, they are all HEROES or even HEROS.
BONUS. I just discovered WHY it was not flagged by Spellcheck. ‘Heros’ is a ‘family of fish native to South America!
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This really could be a game-changer for I. After enjoying fairly decent vision for much of my adult life — thanks to the ‘bionic’ lens I wear on my right eye — I have noticed that my vision has declined in recent years. Yes, the cataract in my right eye was progressing.
Well, I am scheduled, as of today for cataract surgery next month. But, MUCH can change & I have to pass a physical & in my case that is always a challenge.
The doctor, in Boston, plans to implant a toric lens in each eye! Wow. I have keratoconus in my right eye — hence the ‘bionic’ lens. Keratoconus, in essence, is astigmatism taken to its extreme. So, in my right eye, the toric lens is unlikely to give me full correction. I will need a contact as well. But, it should improve vision. I do not have Keratoconus per se in my left eye. I didn’t even think I had much astigmatism. It is my ‘normal’ eye. But, the doctor contends that a toric in that eye will help. So …
I will keep you posted.