Eye Surgery Coming Up

I haven’t made the appointment, but I was told, gravely, that I must get some surgery on my right eye. I have already had two SLT‘s that did not take care of the problem, along with one trial of a new medication which also was not sufficiently capable of taking down the pressure. And I have suffered some vision loss in that eye.

I know I need the new surgery, but without insurance I will need to pay $3,000.00 for the thing to get done. That sound you hear? me gulping. So I have postponed setting up the appointment until I can save up some cash to cover this. Not complaining, but trying to sort it out and face up to it.

The procedure I’m looking at getting is a new type called Canaloplasty. It sounds like the best option, and I hope I can get some good results from it once I actually make the appointment and get it done. It might affect my blogging ability at that time since there can be a long (period of several weeks is possible). If that surgery doesn’t work, then they switch to trabeculectomy, which is possible when they start out with the planned canaloplasty.

6 thoughts on “Eye Surgery Coming Up”

  1. Ouch!

    I can sympathize. A few years ago I got an eye diagnosis I never heard of, corneal dystrophy. It’s not a disease but a “condition.” No need to go into details except to say there’s a lot we know and a lot more we don’t. (Reassuring comment from the doc: “Corneal transplants are among the most successful of the organ transplants.” Made me feel all better, you know. I’m taking the Swedish option, watch and wait.)

    My reading lately has exposed me to two everyday words that turn out to have buzzword connotations in medical circles, “effectiveness” and “outcome.” As you research your options, use both words as you search. I thought they meant about the same, but each word has a clear and specifically different implication.

    Prayers and best wishes.

    John

  2. The Swedish option is a line I picked up from one of my customers a few years ago. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. (Men, you know, have a 99% chance of having it if we live long enough. It’s scary when you’re young, but later in life, with few exceptions, we can expect to die from other causes first.)

    So the doctor was telling him his choices… drugs, surgery, roto-rooter, etc. And then there was the Swedish option of doing nothing. Grim humor, I know.

    Reminds me. My reading about health care is changing my mind about a few things. I still despise the notion of health care premiums furnishing profits for insurance companies and lavish bonuses for their executives. But I was wrong to think that diverting all that money would cover health care costs. Even if all that was redirected strictly to the actual providers, we would still have “health care inflation.” That’s because as consumers we have an “all you can eat” mentality about medical care just like when we go to a food buffet. The two most expensive fields due to unproven, unnecessary and therefore ineffective procedures and drugs are heart and cancer treatments.

    Here is more dark humor from a blog where doctors read and comment…

    Question? Why do coffins have nails?

    Answer: To keep the oncologists out.

  3. With my lung condition I am in kind of a Swedish option. There are drugs that would really help my breathing but they have horrible long term side effects so bless the Swedes,
    Thank you for your recent comment on my blog.

  4. Thanks, Rusty! Even if I get the surgery medical science can only do so much, but Our God still heals. I don’t want to limit Him either by not pursuing medical help or by forsaking prayer: I need to have both. I really do want to keep the independence that sight allows.

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