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Mum had her second cataract removed on Saturday, and it went very smoothly. This time she accepted the offer of sedation, which turned out just to be a tamazapam tablet, but seemed to do the trick as she was much calmer. Also, she had a different surgeon this time, and I explained that Mum had got very frightened last time due to the surgeon shouting at her to keep still, so the surgeon said that if needs be they could put a total muscle block on her eye to stop it moving completely. As it turned out, they told me afterwards they didn't apply the muscle block, as Mum kept very still (maybe the tablet helped her), so it was altogether much less nerve racking for Mum.

Mum's eyelid was a little red and swollen Saturday night but by Sunday night it was looking a lot calmer. Her eye is still a bit blurred but she said colours are much brighter than before, so I'm hopeful that the outlook is looking good. Now breathing a massive sigh of relief, while trying not to think about Dad possibly going through the same thing. Dad would need a general anaesthetic, due to his dementia, but that would probably make his dementia worse. So, we may have a tricky dilemma; do we save his eyesight and risk the GA killing a bit more of his brain off, or do nothing but risk him going blind, if he lives a few more years? So difficult.
I have been for my Cataracts check this afternoon and I am pleased to say the doctor has said there is no need for an operation at this stage. The size has not changed,
I will be going for an eye test next week. My glasses are 4 years old and getting very loose.
They will need to be replaced even if my sight has not changed.

Coming to this very late, I know, but we all obviously deal with these things in such different ways. My mum had her cataracts removed a couple of years ago. She was having annual eye checks because she is Type 2 Diabetic, and the eye specialist said they weren't bad, but recommended she have them removed. We asked her GP's advice, and his recommendation was better to have them done when she's 85, rather than wait until she's 95 and can't deal with an op! Mum wasn't actually complaining of any sight problems, but decided to do it. She had one done and a few weeks later the other. I remember they put some thick gel-like anaesthetic into her eye. I really wanted to go in and watch the op, but they wouldn't let me! She dealt with it all very matter of factly, so she must be very brave.

A bit off topic ... but it took me about 6 years to pluck up the courage to have laser correction surgery for my short sight. I think my mum was a lot braver with her cataract experience than I was with my laser surgery! I still have no idea exactly how they did the cataract surgery, but it all went very well. I think it's a pretty common op these days, but probably still very nerve racking for each patient.
Well Maz, I can understand why anyone would find the thought of (any) eye surgery a bit nerve wracking, but with cataract surgery the success rates are so high that I'd definitely not hesitate to have cataracts removed.

They replace the lens with an artificial one, but I wonder how long these articifial lenses last? If the artificial lenses perish afer a certain number of years, I can see that may be a good reason to delay cataract surgery, as you don't want to have to go through it twice. However, that issue aside, I would tend to have cataract surgery done sooner rather than later, as the whole procedure must be harder to cope with, the older a person is, plus the younger you are, the quicker you heal. However, I believe that patients are not usually offered cataract surgery in the very early stages, due to budget constraints.