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My fight: The eyes have it

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Weekly update letter

Dear family and friends

Back in May, I had a cataract removed from my left eye and, at the time I wrote about how spectacular it was watching the surgeon do his thing from my side of the eyeball – the spectacular swirls of colour as the incision is made – the removal of  the lens and the replacement of the new one.

It really was something different, beautiful and much appreciated as the results are instant the following morning when they remove the dressing. Well, last Thursday,

I fronted up to have the right cataract removed. Now you must understand that my right eye was not as healthy as the left because of astigmatism – that’s where the sight is at about a 30 degree angle – you know the coke bottle glasses deal. Dr Nick from Wangaratta cautioned me that there was a risk of permanent damage to which I gave due consideration. After all, I am 67 years old, and my left eye no longer needs corrective lenses after the cataract job he did three weeks ago, and I am at the back end of my career and I was prepared to take on the odds in an effort to experience relatively normal vision simply for once in my life.

Due to my deteriorating situation, I am not in control of my bodily functions until nearly lunchtime. The operation was scheduled for 8.45am which meant leaving Whitfield an hour earlier – which meant getting up about another hour earlier to get the morphine functioning and all that. The last time, I had to do that all over again to be in Wangaratta to have the dressing removed by 8.30 am.

This time around, I booked into the Wangaratta Private Hospital for the Thursday night to avoid the follow up trauma of the first time and that worked out well. It is now a week since the operation and it had proved to be such a success that I will not need glasses for day to day use. I can use a keyboard all day without eye strain and, for the first time in my life, I can read the label on a shampoo bottle in the shower. That may not sound a big deal to you folk with good sight but, believe me, it is exciting when you have never been able to do it.

If any of you are having sight problems – particularly with cataracts – please take my advice and go see Dr Nick from Hume Laser Vision in Wangaratta. Without question, he is ‘The Man’, he has the skills, the equipment and the steadiness of hand to get it right.

Regards Greg


Written by Greg Naylor

2 July 2009 at 10:09 pm

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  1. Greg, that’s so cool. I’m sharing your happiness, mate, even a tear of joy.


    3 July 2009 at 1:26 pm

  2. So you’re no longer a one-eyed Collingwood supporter, Greg? The marvels of modern science, saving misguided footy fans from falling prey to ‘the swine’.

    Ray Dixon

    4 July 2009 at 1:51 am

  3. So you’ve really got it in for club eddy?

    I’ve just got it in for the swine.


    4 July 2009 at 6:25 am

    • Everyone has it in for Collingwood, Greg. It’s the club we love to hate.

      Ray Dixon

      4 July 2009 at 11:43 pm

  4. enjoy seeing while you can


    10 July 2009 at 8:04 pm

  5. Barest of margins for the Pies last night, Greg. They tried hard to lose it but the Bullies didn’t want it.

    Ray Dixon

    11 July 2009 at 2:54 pm

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