Cataract Surgery and Other Creepy Procedures

December 25, 2010


One of my jobs as a Work At Home Mom is to write articles for a few online companies. I write articles about EVERYTHING: Blue Screen of Death computer problems, how to grow ferns, the history of the doorbell, etc etc etc. Some of the weirdest articles I write are about medical issues. I haven’t done many of these types before- my first ones were just this last week, actually– but I find them somewhat interesting because I can learn a lot of stuff I never knew before. For example, I found out that people who eat a diet rich in beta carotene have better eye health. It’s true! And all these years I wondered if that old wives’ take about eating carrots for good eyesight was really factual. Turns out it is. Foods rich in beta carotene and zinc can help reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration in old age. Wow! I’m piling on the kale, believe me. But eating carrots…. *shudder* I’m going to have to work on that….

Over the weekend, I did some research for an Eye Health Guide and such, and I found a few videos showing cataract surgery. It’s totally unbelievable, totally. The videos are NOT for the weak of heart or stomach, I warn you. I won’t post the video here- it is *pretty* intense. But if you are brave, you can check it out here. I forced myself to watch it (parts 1 and 2). The surgery is amazing, but it made me feel pretty queasy every once in a while. And during the procedure, they kept squirting this saline solution or something into the eye as they worked on it. I kept wondering why they did that, and then it hit me: Oh yeah, the eye will dry out; they are simulating a person’s blinking. Apparently, they have to keep applying a special sterile saline solutions for eyes.

The doctor who did the video has snappy 80s music playing in the background. :blink: It’s a tad disconcerting. I don’t know about you, but if a surgeon was working on MY eye, I would not like him bee-bopping and Rick-Rollin’ to a punky 80s song. But the surgery is truly amazing.

In case you didn’t know, cataract surgery involves removing the lens of the eye, because it has become cloudy. It’s a common ailment among older people, they say. In order to remove the lens, the surgeon makes a slit in the cornea, inserts a tiny vacuum cleaner, and slurps up all the cloudy gunk in the lens. He then inserts an artificial lens (I have actually seen such a lens at the doctor’s office- they are tiny!). The artificial lens looks like a hurricane– it’s round with a swirling arm on the top and a swirling arm on the bottom. The doc plugs the emptied lens with the artificial lens, and patches up the corneal slit. Recovery is usually a few weeks.

EW EW EW!!!!! It’s amazing but disgusting.

I am rather sensitive to this right now. My eye has a huge Weiss ring floater that is affecting my vision. I can no longer drive at night, and looking at the computer for long periods of time is painful. My opthamologist has warned me that I may need artificial lenses in a few years or so because I am so severely myopic…. but I am not very eager to get any. What I need is new eyeballs. I don’t think any doctor can give me that. I need God to heal me. šŸ˜€ And I believe I will get new vision, either in this life or the one to come. Watching these videos just makes me more determined to want God to take care of my eyes. There’s just something so creepy about a stranger poking metal sticks into your eye that is very repulsive….

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6 Responses to “Cataract Surgery and Other Creepy Procedures”

  1. Mike Says:

    I think I’ll pass on that video. My laptop screen is one of the easiest screens on the eyes, that I can look at it for as much as 10 hours a day without any problems. I don’t know if I could handle surgery on my eyes if they ever went down the drain. šŸ™‚

  2. Renee Says:

    Gulp! I’m the weak of stomach! I feel light-headed when I see small wounds… let alone SURGERY!!!

    I guess I better take good care of my eyes….

  3. Miss Szymanski Says:

    I’ve heard that carrots are good for eyesight, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to eat them…. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stomach that kind of surgery; a few times, laser-eye surgery has been suggested to correct my vision (I am VERY near-sighted), but I could never bring myself to allow a doctor to use a laser on my eyes! Gulp! I guess I should pile on the carrots, then… šŸ™‚

    • Rebecca Says:

      I know a few people who have had laser surgery. I know it’s gotten better since technology has developed, too.

      My vision is so bad that it cannot be corrected with laser surgery. So, yeah, pile on the carrots…. šŸ™

  4. Steph Says:

    Agreed. The procedure may not be the best to watch but it is amazing what cataract surgery can do for those who have bad vision. My grandmother got it done a couple years ago and she loves how well her vision is now.