Slice of Life Tuesday: Up ahead – eye surgery!



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Family lore, as I heard tell, has my grand aunt Alma losing her eyesight slowly. Bit by bit, her vision clouded over until she could not see at all.  That was many, many years ago, when the cause of her blindness was not known – and there was no cure.  Today, we have a name for Alma’s disease: Fuchs’ dystrophy ; better still, we have a cure: corneal transplant surgery.  I am grateful for both, since I inherited great aunt Alma’s eye disease.  Four years ago, thanks to an amazing eye surgeon and a donor who is in my thoughts and blessings every day, the vision in my left eye was restored.  And next Monday, I hope to have the same experience with my right eye.

I am looking forward to:

being able to see out of both eyes for the first time in many years

being able to enjoy reading and writing (the lifeblood of my teaching/living life!) without eyestrain and headaches (ugh!)

being able to have peripheral vision without having to crane my neck this way and that, ostrich like and most inelegant

August has been a difficult month, eyesight wise, and as I near the beginning of the school year I am so thankful to be able to move ahead with surgery.  I have been able to read and  write less and less this summer, and I am so looking forward to being able to do so again, very soon, and pain free!  I’ll be back with this amazing Slice of Life community in September…so looking forward to seeing all of your slices then (all vision references intended!).


24 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday: Up ahead – eye surgery!

  1. Oh Tara, another thing we share! Not this particular eye issue, but eye issues. I tore my retina years ago due to very bad vision (stretching the retina I guess is what happens when you are myopic). I had surgery and I didn’t loose much in that eye. So wonderful you were born later than your aunt and can keep doing what you love. Such a fear to loose sight. As Loralee said, you amaze me.

  2. Hope all goes well. Not having the same eye problem as you, but with developing cataracts, I know what it is like to not see things as clearly as I once did. Good luck.

  3. My husband came home yesterday with a date for his surgery in September. He, too, suffers from Fuchs dystrophy. This will be his first surgery. Good to hear that your first was a success. Your vision continues to inspire my walk as a writer.

  4. ‘Eye’ and ‘surgery’ in one sentence sound scary to me. I like your how you share all the positive that will come from this procedure. Best wishes to you!

  5. Wow! Best of luck to you – I know all of us readers and writers value our eyesight so much and can’t imagine what it must be like to lose it. That’s so amazing that there is a surgery to correct it. Hallelujah!

  6. So happy that you will have this gift of vision. The thought of you at full tilt is dizzying. You are a wonder. I pray that your surgery will go well and easily and successfully. I hope to be able to visit your classroom this year. We will be in NJ more and more, especially near Princeton! 🙂 Thinking of you until we hear you are fully on the mend.

  7. First off, best of luck with your surgery! Such a big deal and I’ll say a prayer for you… I had no idea about this! I lost my hearing in one ear a few years ago and was getting fitted for hearing aides, I was lucky enough to find the best surgeon in the country to restore my hearing with surgery. Months post recovery, I was amazed at how long I lived hearing poorly from one ear and how blessed it is to have fully functional senses again! I wondered how hard it would be if I had lost my sight but you give me hope!

  8. I will keep you in my thoughts, Tara. I understand the fragility of the eye. My eye sight is quite poor and my dad has had retinal detachment surgery. Because of the family history, I have to go see a retina specialist and it’s usually me and the 90 year olds in the waiting room! I often wonder what is in store for me and my poor eyes in the future. I don’t want to take it for granted and it’s scary to think about what can happen. I’m glad the technology is where it is and you can have this surgery. I know it’s scary. Stay positive and calm… and keep on 🙂 Will be looking forward to hearing from you again.

  9. There have been amazing advances in eye surgery. I’m sure all will go well, but I will say a prayer for you anyway. All my best for your recovery.

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