Well … what can I say. I have cataract in both eyes and they necessitate laser procedures. “One eye at a time” said the ophthalmologist, a senior consultant and very renowned in my community, “and then you will have a clearer vision.” Wow!
His enthusiasm was very infecting …
A clearer vision is what I really need! Lately I have been having problem with moving around. I can’t see the bus numbers clearly. They appeared scattered and loose. Now, how do I move about when I can’t see numbers or read information on boards or panels clearly?
I don’t want to flag the bus until they are up close. Bus drivers are surely the last people I want to annoy. Not that I want to annoy others … heh … heh …
And you don’t want to know my experience at neighbouring airports when I can’t read information clearly! Where do I get my bag? Where’s the exit? Let’s just say the experience can be quite close to traumatic.
That’s why I need to have the laser surgery done. Basically, it’s now or never.
On the scheduled date, off I went to the local hospital eye centre. After the necessary admin matters, a nurse wheeled me in. Oh my, the place was really, really cold!
And the staff … they all sounded young! Something whirred through my brain. Do they have enough experience? Are their hands competent? They have the knowledge surely but what about the valuable experience that come with seniority? So much mental turmoil.
And then I heard that enthusiastic voice again. “Ok guys, if you are ready.” That confirmed it. They are all young. Do senior doctors call each other guys?
Heh … heh … The surgery turned out alright. I’ve got to hand it to the young team. Now my right eye has a clarity that amazes me. The colours that I see are more enhanced – more vibrant! Are they supposed to look like that?
“Of course they are supposed to look like that!” said Hani, my close friend. “You have been seeing things with cloudy lens. That’s why.” That wise counsel put things in a different perspective.
The second laser procedure is just around the corner. Actually, I am looking forward to the surgery for the left eye. Looking forward to both vision being corrected. And I definitely know, that this time around the experience will be less intense. For sure, there will be less questions to contend with.
I wonder how things will look when I look at them with fresh lens in both eyes …