Alexandria’s Adventures in Cataract Surgery


Hi Alexandria here, just doing a short
video because I had cataract surgery four days ago. And while I can see really
well; the surgery went very well and eyesight is exceptional, in the operated
eye, it’s actually quite tiring to work the two of them together.
So this is a quick video to tell you a little bit about my Adventures in
Cataract Surgery. So if you’re wondering what a cataract is, it is actually your, the lens in your eye your natural eye the one that you’re born with. And as
you age it becomes less flexible and more rigid, and it’s damaged by things
like UV rays which essentially scar it and prevent it working. So what you get is something that’s a bit like this Fitzroy barometer whereby this is your cataract
and this is your eye, and what happens is that cataract starts at the edges of the
lens and works its way through to the centre of the lens. So the thing that makes that it difficult is that very often what you’re doing is you’re trying to look through this opaque area so things are very blurry and you sort of
walk around with pretty much a nice soft focus. There’s no sort of detail or
clarity, and I’ve actually been astonished at how beautiful my garden is
now that I’ve had a cataract done. How bright the colours are and how vivid the light is and just how marvellous everything really looks. Which is why we
have cataract surgery to have that opacity removed so that we can see
clearly. But, as I say, it’s a bit of a shock when you’re not used to it. Now I’m not gonna go into too much detail because I know my friend Katie
will be watching and she’s a bit squeamish, so we’re not going to go into
any of the nitty-gritty here. Though if you want to know more you can send me an
email at [email protected] So having said I’m not going to say
anything, there are a couple of things I want to share. The first is that the machine that they use to extract the lens makes the noise a lot like the
noise you hear in science fiction movies when you’re about to be abducted by
aliens, so that’s a bit creepy. The other thing is that they make the lens spin, just to make sure that it’s fully detached before they remove it, and with
this cloudiness you get a really pretty kaleidoscope effect as they spin around. Very attractive! The Adventure here comes in that
you’ve got one eye that still has the cataract and that’s a bit like looking
at Monet’s water lilies (the painting the impressionist painting) which I’m not
going to show you a picture of because it’s protected by copyright. And then for
the other eye, the operated eye, I’ve got like a photo of Giverny, so the two of
them don’t really match up together very well. Which is presumably why most people
who have a cataract surgery will go back and have the second cataract removed
after a period of time. Well, that’s about it that’s surgery, and about it for the adjustment, but I did want to kind of mention a little bit about how you
should be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. So you may recall that last year I decided I wanted clarity. I wanted a bit more clarity about where I was going. What my direction was going to be.
What I was going to write. How I was going to do things. And things got a bit haywire even before we got to the cataract surgery So it seems in some ways that clarity is just going to haunt me for the rest of my life. That there are some things I think are much better with cataracts than without. For example; my skin tone, or my actual face, or when my legs really need shaving. So that’s a little
bit too much clarity and I’d kind of like to go back to that bit where I
thought I had a really great skin, and I thought I was ageing really well. But that’s not quite the case. So the lesson for you out there is to take
really good care of your eyes to make sure that you wear proper UV protective
sunglasses at all times when you’re outside even when it’s a little bit dark, the UV is
still often very high, particularly in Australia, so you need to protect your
eyes really well. And for that matter take care of your skin really well too
because when you have your cataracts taken out you will actually have to look at it. And also because if you’re in the habit of taking care of your skin then you’ll be in
the habit of taking care of other parts of you. And you’ll be in general
healthier and better off. And that’s about it for me and cataract surgery. I
don’t think there’s anything else. So I hope you enjoyed this short, weird video, and have a lovely day, and take care of your
eyes. Bye now!

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