Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Morning Rays

 We're still getting rain and big winds here. It's very unusual weather for this time of the year. By May it's supposed to be summery weather, but instead it still looks and feels like winter. There's even more rain in the forecast. I'm beginning to think that this is what climate change might look like here. It's really great for our redwood coast range forests and for the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs that provide our water. So, I'm not really complaining... well maybe a little bit. This weather has reminded me of our four years up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state (2004-2008). Oh the wind and the rain. 

So that's why when there's a really bright sky in the morning, I run out to see what that sunlight a clouds might be doing together out there. This is what the sky looked like at 6:20 am.

Well that made me happy. Cloud shadows and crepuscular rays. The winds hadn't started yet, so we figured we better go for a walk after breakfast while it was calm and not crazy cold.

This is what it looked like an hour later. It had cleared a bit more and was even more dramatic. Yay, said I!

I'm pretty distracted lately by an ophthalmology appointment I have on Wednesday. I'm worried about the possibility of discussing cataract surgery. I know I have cataracts. Should I have them removed? The thought of surgery on my eyes does not make me happy. These aging bodies are such interesting things. But sometimes I wonder what the sky really looks like without having to see it through my cataract eyes. 


  1. I had both my cataracts " done" together a few years ago. It is nothing to worry about at all. The worst bit was after he had finished both eyes, he put what felt like axle grease into my eyes and sight was extremely blurred for a short time!( 20 mins or so) On the drive home the light was very bright, but that is because your pupils have been dilated by the drops they put in. You can choose what new lenses you would like....for instance, distance vision or reading. I chose distance, so I don't need specs apart from reading which is less of the time than seeing everything else. I promise you there is no pain at all and you can't "see" what they are doing. A year or so after the op, I needed to have a quick laser treatment ( again, no pain, very simple) as sometimes the original capsule that the new lens is put into can become cloudy. Hope that this helps.?

  2. For what it's worth, my mom was thrilled with her improved eyesight after her cataract surgery. She said it made a big difference.

    I agree -- I think our colder springs ARE climate-change related. Seems like it's happening all across the northern hemisphere.

  3. Today I go for a procedure, not quite as daunting as the one you're considering, but my anxiety is up there. Extracting a tooth which had been under the bridge which broke a month ago...so I know I will be dealing with pain this afternoon. I've heard nothing but positive things from those who had their cataracts removed. And I hope you do have the discussion, including talking about your fears with the Dr.

  4. The writer Booth Tarkington (no one reads Tarkington anymore, though Alice Adams is his best novel) was a great collector of art. And he had cataracts. But he had surgery to remove them (this was one hundred years ago!) and suddenly he could appreciate his art collection so much more it made him cry to know what he had been missing. My son-in-law's father just had the surgery (he's in his 70s) and is pleased with the result and doing fine.

    If you choose to do the surgery, I hope your outcome is the same.

  5. Wow that is some amazing skies. I know the rain gets old but it is so much better than drought. I keep hearing that water will become the new oil.
    I have only heard wonderful things about cataract surgery these days. As much as you see that many of us miss, think how much more you could see. Let us know.

  6. I remember when my Mom had her cataract surgery and this was quite a few years ago. She was amazed how easy it was and told me how bright colors were for her afterwards. She never regretted it.
    Good luck, Robin Andrea!

  7. I can't wait to get my cataracts then. It's really stressful to see. especially driving.

  8. By all means have the cataracts done. My wife and I have had all four eyes attended to. Twenty minutes and no worse than having the tooth hygienist scritch between our teeth. Afterwards I wrote this Shakespearean format sonnet. It's not one of my best but I hope it conveys the terrific benefits that ensued. Mr Deutsch was the surgeon and he circulated the sonnet to his team.

    The post-op Festival of Light

    The eye is clear, its former glum opacity
    Has gone – good riddance halo-ed mysteries.
    The eye now views a fine geometry
    With knife-cut edges at its boundaries.

    The lens digests these spectral coloured bands,
    It takes advantage of their separate states,
    It meets the needs of newer light’s demands,
    Responding to the changing brain’s dictates.

    And now the book spines say: Just look, read me!
    While CD cases shout orchestral chords.
    Under the influence of clarity
    The patient thrills to unforeseen rewards

    I saw but barely, swayed by ignorance.
    Cleverer now, I dance the photons' dance.

    Thanks to Mr J. Deutsch, Anna and the team
    Hereford, November 19, 2014

  9. I think you should definitely get it done. However, I understand your concerns. I have the beginnings of cataracts, too, and I dread the day they get bad enough I'll have to deal with it. But I will, although maybe not both at the same time.

  10. Frances-- Thank you so much for your very encouraging words. I'm a little worried about having my pupils dilated because I have something called narrow angles which can be compromised when dilated. The doc and I will definitely talk about it. I'd love to be able to see clearly again!

    Steve-- My mom had cataract surgery too. She loved not having to wear glasses. I so appreciate all the encouragement. Yes, about climate change. It's interesting to watch all of this unfold.

    Barbara-- Oh, you remind me that I have a tooth extraction in my future too. It's a back tooth that is very loose. I was hoping it would fall out on its own, but no such luck yet. Good luck with your extraction.

    Paul-- I can't imagine that people were having cataracts removed over 100 years ago. Wow! I thought it was a relatively new procedure. Well, I guess it works because it's still being done all these years later. I'll probably get it done.

    Patti--Yes, we need the rain, but I wish it would only rain at night, you know I think I heard that in song a long time ago. So glad you liked the skies here. Thank you for the positive perspective on cataract removal. It really does help to know it goes well.

    EllenD-- I love knowing how many people have had successful cataract surgeries and how much it improved their vision isn so many ways. It helps to know these things to calm my nerves. Thank you.

    Red-- I hope. you get the cataract surgery too. You remind me that one of the things that I've been seeing for years now is halos around lights at night. it makes it very difficult to be on the road.

    Roderick-- I love that poem. Thank you so much for sharing that. Seeing with clarity sounds like such a delightful dream at the moment. I will probably have the surgery. I'll know more after tomorrow's visit.

    Colette-- It's a scary thought having someone poke around in my eye, but I'm beginning to understand the wonderful outcome of such a thing. We'll see what happens next...

  11. Me and you both over eye surgery, I've had enough rubbish in them over they years causing trips to casualty. It's not a problem having the surgery, my mum had hers done and I suspect my wife will sometime as she has it now. those rays are a joy to see in the morning

  12. I understand your reluctance to discuss cataracts because I, too, think eye surgery sounds lousy. But everyone I know who has had the surgery felt it was not so bad and worth it. Still...

  13. Billy-- I expect them to tell me I will need surgery. I'll work up the courage to do it. It's crazy how anxious I am already, and I haven't had an appointment with them yet.

    Ally-- I have found some relief in knowing that others have had this surgery and that it is fine. My mom had it years ago. It's just the thought of work being done on my eye that makes me a little bit queasy. Ugh.

  14. knowing how much delight you derive from seeing your beautiful world and capturing it with photos, I can't imagine you NOT getting the surgery. I, too, have mild cataracts at the point and will for sure get them removed when it's required. I like to see as well!

  15. Tara-- I'm looking forward to the discussion with the doctor tomorrow. I'm really interested in how he evaluates my eyes and what's going on. I also have something called "Narrow Angles" which makes it a little tricky to dilate the pupils. The doc has agreed to see me without dilating and we'll see how it goes and what he suggests. I'll keep you posted.

  16. Hi Robin -- I wanted to let you know that I'm still reading your blog, but I can't comment when I use my iPhone, which is what I usually use. In order to comment I have to fire up my laptop and use Chrome. But I'm still here!

  17. MarkP-- It's so good to hear from you. Commenting has been very difficult lately. I would love to embed a reply to your comment, but I can't. I am so grateful that you fired up your laptop and were able to comment. I'm so glad that you're still here in bogland. Hope all is well for you and Leah and the doggies.

  18. After reading this post and all the comments, as well, Robin, it seems the consensus is for you to have the cataract surgery done. I did so as well about 2 years ago (thankfully pre-Covid) since my eyeglass prescription was changing too often. The surgery meant I can now see distance and can read road signs, which was becoming harder pre-surgery even with my glasses. The only drawback, as some have mentioned, is that I needed "readers" for close-up and reading, which is sometimes frustrating as my former glasses were multi-focus. However, another solution to reading glasses is to wear a corrective contact in my left eye only, so I can have the best of both. Medicare did pay completely for the surgery and all medical visits, but only is the distance option is selected. I don't know what the cost difference would be if there was another choice.

    I am sure you will continue to see the beautiful sun and cloud images, perhaps much better!

  19. Cataract surgery is a piece of cake nowadays. Get rid of them.

  20. You share beautiful skies with us through your cataract eyes. Necessary surgery is always a bit scary but the outcome is almost always worth it. Good luck either way.

  21. Catalyst-- I think I'll do a post about the outrageous and utterly absurd "appointment" I had going to the ophthalmologist.

    37paddington-- I may eventually do the surgery, but with a different ophthalmologist. I'll probably have to go many miles out of town for it. The medical care here is a total bummer.

  22. Your sky is so beautiful. You honor it with your photographs.

    I've just read all the comments and now I know that your appointment with the ophthalmologist didn't go well.

    A good ophthalmic surgeon makes all the difference in the world. Mine was recommended by a good friend who had already had lens replacement done by him.

    No one else mentioned the option of having one eye given a lens for distance vision and the other eye given a lens for reading, which is what I chose. I had my first cataract surgery on my left eye and chose to have a lens for distance vision. For the first time since I was 10 years old, I could see my bedroom when I woke up!. I could go walking in the rain without glasses! I could drive without glasses! I had not realized how much the cataract had diminished my ability to see color and that things that I had thought were yellowish were actually white once the cataract was removed! At that point, the cataract in my right eye was not serious enough for Medicare to pay for the surgery, and I could still read well with my right eye.

    Four years later I had the surgery on my right eye to give me clear close vision, restoring my ability to read comfortably. I love being able to read in bed without glasses, and I love being able to walk in the woods without glasses, to be able to see things both close and distant. My brain does the adjustment from close to distant in an instant. Not everyone is comfortable with having one eye for distance and the other for looking closely and it is not usually offered as an option, but that is what I asked for and my ophthalmic surgeon felt I was a good candidate for that because I had done so well for four years with one eye seeing clearly at at distance and the other eye seeing well enough for looking closely.

    For night driving, though, I need to wear my glasses. My vision in low light is not very good for reading either. I do wear my glasses for doing art work and for reading and writing on my laptop. I have to admit that my vision is at its best when I am wearing my glasses, but it astonishingly good without them.

    Although the surgery only takes 20 minutes, there is a month following of putting prescription eye drops in several times a day. Because my left eye could no longer see anything close up and my right eye had astigmatism, it was challenging to get the drops in my left eye. Challenging but doable.

    You are wise to seek another ophthalmologist and seek the best ophthalmic surgeon available.

  23. Beatrice-- I thought I had replied to your comment, but when I looked again it seems I have not. Mmm? My ophthalmologist appointment did not go well at all. In fact it didn't happen. When I went to check in with my fully filled-out three page paperwork, I mentioned that I had been diagnosed with Narrow Angles, a condition that doesn't do well with pupil dilation. I had called the office two days before the appointment to remind them. Well, the receptionist was not happy with the news. She took my paperwork but said the the doctor could not see me. I had a two-hour appointment scheduled. I was shocked. She said that the doctor couldn't do cataract surgery with pupil dilation. I was scheduled for cataract surgery. I hadn't ever been there before. I made the appointment in March and waited six weeks for it. I thought it was a for a thorough exam. I will never go back there. Now I'm looking for a new doctor. Good medical care is not easy to find here.

    am-- Thank you for your information about your surgeries. It does give me some peace to know it can be done and done well. I'm going to wait and see how things progress with my eyes before I make another attempt at finding a new ophthalmologist. If you read the comment above, you'll see what my experience was like. A total disappointing bummer.