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May 31, 2016

My New (Updated) Eyes – A Medical Miracle

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Stanford

This past January I finally decided that I needed to go see my eye doctor because I had recently purchased new glasses and my left eye vision was blurry to the point I could not clearly see objects more than five feet away, especially printed signs.  So off I went to my eye doctor.  Sure enough after the eye examination, the eye doctor said in my left eye I had an advanced cataract and in my right eye the beginnings of a cataract.  The doctor said she could “fix” the vision issue with new glasses, but I might as well get both eyes cleared of the cataracts because eventually they would need to be dealt with.

So I called my Stanford Primary Care Doctor and told her that I needed a referral to the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford to get the cataracts removed.  The very next day I received a call to set up an appointment to come in for an exam.  Their exam results were the same as what my eye doctor reported and they then started measuring my eyes for the eye surgery.  My eye doctor was Charles C. Lin, M.D. (Doctor Charles C. Lin Bio) and I discussed the results and scheduled a surgery when the measurements were completed.  Since they only do one eye at each session we scheduled the left eye first and then two weeks later the right eye.

During our discussion Dr Lin asked me what kind of eye implants I would prefer, wear glasses for close vision (reading) or for long distance.  I chose the reading glasses.  I must say I was surprised by the question and Dr Lin noticed so he said that my cataract surgery includes lens implants and that I would no longer need prescription glasses.  So I no longer needed to purchase the prescription glasses for about a thousand dollars, and instead I could buy the reading glasses for about 10 bucks in any pharmacy or food store.

So I went in for the surgery on my left eye which was an hour for pre-surgery, then the surgery that only took about 15 minutes, and then an hour for recovery.  Because I had not had any kind of surgery since the 1980’s I was a tad bit apprehensive but the Surgical Staff was awesome and understood. I was really taking it all up until they gave me the anesthetic prior to moving me to the surgery.  The only thing I remembered was during the surgery I noticed seeing awesome streaks of light in my left eye.  The streaks were all vivid colors and random movement.  I made a mental note to notice what kind of colors and patterns my right eye was going to be in two weeks.

Then it was off to recovery and since I was fasting for 18 hours I was looking forward to something to munch on.  I don’t remember many names but the recovery nurses name was Elizabeth and I remember because she said the magic words “Would you like some juice and graham crackers?”, which to me came across as “Would you like some wine with your steak dinner?”.  I assume it was the anesthetic plus the fasting that caused this reaction, but it sure was right on point.   Cranberry Juice and Graham Crackers never tasted so good.

Then they placed a shield over my left eye and said to wear during sleep it for a few days just to protect me from rubbing my left eye accidentally.  Done and home was the next stop.

The right eye surgery was the same schedule as the left eye.  I had a surprise during the pre-surgery when a male nurse came in to say that he was going to insert my IV and get me ready.  I told him that it was no problem when I was here a few weeks ago but usually it takes more than one try to get the IV in because I was told I have tough skin.  He smiled.  Just then a nurse came in and said she had some questions so I turn my head to the right and after about five minutes we completed the questions.  When I turned back I said “OK, let’s get the IV done.”  The male nurse said he was done and I was ready to go.  I was astonished and said “You got that IV in without me feeling anything?”  He said “sure did.”  I said “This was a first for me and I gave him the nick name of “IV Pro” and said that if I ever need a IV again I will hope he is on duty.”  So “IV Pro” wheeled me to surgery.

When I went to recovery it turns out Elizabeth was busy but “IV Pro” was there and asked if I wanted some Sprite and crackers and I said “That would be great”.  Once again I felt like I was at “The Sundance Steak House” having a great steak dinner. I then became an “IV Pro” Fan forever.

Also I did remember to notice the colors during the actual surgery on my right eye and it was different than my left eye.  During surgery on my right eye it was not lines, it was patterns of color.  The patterns were like checker boards and some lace, all as colorful as could be.

Now I have completed all my follow up appointments and both eyes are done and healed.  I now have 20-20 vision and I now see the medical miracle performed by Doctor Lin whom I now call the “Miracle Man”.  For the first time in 60+ years I can function without wearing glasses.  In fact I can’t remember not wearing glasses it’s been so long ago and I was down right giddy the first time I drove without glasses.  “Wow!”  This is awesome.  A miracle for sure!

So to the office and surgical staff at “The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford”, all the services you performed led up to the final “Medical Miracle” that Doctor Lin (Miracle Man) performed on both of my eyes.  I don’t have the words nor do I have enough space on this post to tell you all how grateful I am.  The “Get Well Soon” cards that you sent a few days after each surgery on both eyes was awesome and your dedication is heart felt.

We have nothing else to report except to say to all at the institute – Namaste

 

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