Ocular Dysfunction

I know, I know – all 4 of you have been wondering, “Hey, where’s the pix?”.  Well, it’s like this…

Turns out I’ve got cataracts.  Which goes a long way toward explaining why every time I look at the world, looking for something interesting to photograph, I see only a blur.  No detail.  Which, as you might imagine, makes it sort of difficult to decide what I might like to photograph.  In fact, it’s annoying.  I can see the big stuff (“Oh, look – trees!”), but not the leaves, or the branches, or whatever else might be lurking in the scene.

The interesting thing is how cataracts are not what I thought they’d be.  I always figured people with cataracts saw the world through the organic equivalent of a fog filter.  Not so.  Everything is perfectly clear, except for the fact that there’s two or three of everything.  Imagine looking through your camera lens through one of those old (at least, I hope they’re “old”) prism filters.  For those of you crazy enough to have bought one of those, how often did you use it?  Got old pretty quickly, didn’t it?  Yeah, well, try living with it all day, every day.

On the “up” side, however, cataract surgery these days is pretty darn mundane, and the new lens will work better than the original.  I’ve worn glasses since I was three years old, so, once I’ve had this lens replaced, I should see better than I ever have in my life.  That’ll be interesting.  (And, just in case you’re wondering why I’m saying “lens” rather than “lenses”, I also have amblyopia, which, in my case, means my right eye is mostly decorative.  Replacing its lens will happen eventually, but its impact on my vision will be minimal.)

So, there you go, that’s my excuse.  My surgery’s in another couple of weeks, so, with any luck, things will pick up again after that.


2 Responses to “Ocular Dysfunction”

  1. Markus Spring Says:

    Bad news with hopefully a good ending – I wish you all the best for the upcoming surgery and a speedy recovery! And I am looking forward to your re-gained vision and the images you will find.

    Best regards – Markus

  2. sjconnor Says:

    Thanks, Markus. From all reports, the surgery is less eventful than a trip to the dentist – in and out in less time than it takes to fill out the various pre-surgery forms, and using the eye by the next day. Magic!

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