Many of you may remember that my husband, Jim, had surgery for a detached retina back in April. His vision in that eye has actually gotten worse instead of better.
They had told us when they did the surgery that the excessive laser work might cause a cataract, and that is what has happened. In addition they said that the retina has developed a wrinkle in it, but they are going to leave that alone for a while and see if it works itself out on its own. They are going to remove the cataract on Wed. morning, Nov. 20.
They said it will be a little more difficult than regular cataract surgery because of the previous retina surgery. (Skip this next part if you’re squeamish.) When they did the retina surgery, they removed part of the fluid that was in the eye to make room to insert a gas bubble that held the retina in place while it healed. As the gas bubble dissipated, the body made fluid to replace what was taken out, but the new fluid is less viscous, so that affects the tension of the eye and apparently makes it more difficult to work on.
After everything heals from this surgery, he’ll be evaluated for corrective lenses.
I don’t know if I can adequately describe what a trial this has been for him. It affects just about everything he does. It’s even difficult to look up at the pulpit in church or talk to people or walk on uneven ground, much less do his work or everyday reading. We’d appreciate your prayers that the surgery will go well and that it will improve his vision as much as possible.