Complexities resulting from Cataract surgery

For the past month I personally have struggled with complexities that arose from my ophthalmologist’s attempt to remove a cataract and replace it with an artificial lens. In the process both the iris and the vitreous fluid had blood in them. When he removed the blood from the iris somehow blood leaked into the vitreous. That meant I had to go (or be taken) to yet another specialist who operated again on the eye to drain the vitreous fluid containing drops of blood. That procedure left the vitreous with an air bubble. My body gradually replaced the fluid, forcing out the bubble. So now I can see with the eye that has undergone these three painful procedures.

But wait! We’re not done yet. Now what I see through that eye is hazy and foggy. It is not sharp, clear.

So the specialist suggests that I should have a Yag Capusulotomy

Yag Capsulotomy, a special laser treatment used to improve your vision after cataract surgery. It is a simple, commonly performed procedure which is very safe. During your cataract operation, the natural lens inside your eye that had become cloudy was removed. A new plastic lens was put inside the lens membrane (called the bag or capsule) in your eye. In a small number of patients, the capsule thickens after surgery and becomes cloudy. This interferes with the light reaching the back of the eye. When this happens, your sight becomes misty, and you may get glare in bright light or from lights at night-time. Capsule thickening can happen in the months after your cataract operation, but more commonly occurs about two years after surgery. Yag laser capsulotomy is the only way to treat this. Apart from affecting your vision, the thickening does not damage the eye in any way. In a Yag laser capsulotomy the doctor uses a special lens to apply a laser beam to the capsule. This creates a small hole in the centre of the capsule, which lets light through.

What about those who are totally and permanently unable to care for themselves?

Hopefully that will be the end of it. In the process I have not been able to drive my car, but have had to rely upon friends, family and hired drivers to get me back and forth. With this final (I hope and pray) procedure I’ll soon be back to driving my own car. I’ll no longer be dependent on others. And that leads me to today’s question: what about those who are totally and permanently unable to care for themselves? They often end up as yet just another number in an institution. But what if they want to remain in their own home? For instance, for over 15 years, Juanita Bobo has provided the care Amber Radune of McArthur, Ohio needs to remain in her home, but low pay and other pressures are leaving even the most dedicated caregivers in a tough spot. Amber Radune and Juanita Bobo have written to state legislators, Medicaid officials, managed-care companies and the governor, imploring them to consider the situation, begging them to find solutions. No solutions are forthcoming.

Radune’s primary aide may soon be unable to continue

Bobo has been Radune’s primary aide for more than 15 years. The assistance she provides allows the 32-year-old Radune to live in her Vinton County home instead of in an institution or nursing home, and to remain active despite the congenital condition that left her with fixed joints and virtually no use of her hands and legs. Should Radune be shuffled off to an institution because of her disability? Put yourself in her position, as I have as I struggle with my several cataract surgeries.  Both my wife and I strongly want to remain in our own  home, surrounded by familiar personal items. Radune may soon find that impossible.

What you can do about this 

Read the article linked above. Decide what you can do to encourage your state officials and others to make it possible for people like Radune to be cared for in her home ! There are solutions. We simply must work together to find them.