Before and after

CD has been asking me to develop a set of photos that would give an impression of my visual improvement following my recent cataract surgery.  I was diagnosed with level 5 cataracts, on a scale of 1-10.  Apart from having increasing difficulty in seeing details well in dim light (especially shopping) or at night, I didn’t actually realize the extent to which they had deteriorated.  During the week between the lens replacement in the two eyes, however, I was able to do a direct comparison between my old one and my new one by closing one eye at a time, and I was astounded by the difference.  This should give a pretty close approximation of the miraculous improvement that I’m experiencing.

Looking Glass Mt beforeLooking Glass Mt. afterI made the photo this past autumn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.  The big rock is Looking Glass Mountain.  Please click on the (second!) photo for more detail.

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Welcome to Krikit Arts! I'm a veterinarian; photographer; finger-style guitarist, composer, instructor, and singer/songwriter; fisherman; and fly-tyer. Please enjoy--and please respect my full rights to all photos on this Website!
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10 Responses to Before and after

  1. Amazing. So glad you had the op done.

    • krikitarts says:

      That is a really good way to put it, Vicki. It’s like watching a tree grow–it happens so slowly that one doesn’t really notice the change until it’s well-developed. So glad!

  2. Mike Powell says:

    Wow. That’s quite a difference.It’s like you have high-definition vision now.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Gary, this is very striking – what an improvement! You’re very lucky >>> great stuff! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      Oh, yes, Adrian, I do consider myself very lucky indeed! There are risks with any invasive procedure, but in this case I considered them well worth taking, and it has paid off even better than I’d expected. Every morning I wake up excited at the prospect of what I’ll be able to appreciate more than ever on the new day!

  4. Meanderer says:

    It must be like a slight fog before the eyes. It’s interesting how long it takes for us to notice deterioration in our eyesight. I’m having problems with small print at present so need to get along for some reading glasses but I think this has been happening slowly over a long period of time.

    So pleased your sight has been so improved without any hazards during the procedure.

    • krikitarts says:

      I have had good (decent) eyesight for so long that I’d complacently come to take it for granted–but silly me. Considering our passion for the visual arts, when/as your acuity deteriorates, keep track of it with an optometrist (and an ophthalmologist) whom you trust, and when/if the time comes to upgrade, please consider my totally-positive experience!

  5. seekraz says:

    That is quite a difference…so very glad you’re on this side of it.

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