Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Double Whammy

Making the first appointment after lunch with the eye doctor, or any doctor, is a smart thing to do. And even better in the month of September. Though the office is only a couple miles away, it usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to get there. But it was an unusual day... no traffic up North Capitol Street and the office at Washington Hospital Center was empty when we arrived. Rest assured it filled up by the time we left two hours later. Usually we get out of there without any need for follow up, but this time we were not so lucky. My husband needs to have a laser iridotomy for closed angle glaucoma on one eye. So we scheduled that for the earliest date in October to get it over with. The only thing good about it is that I will take the day off from work. As for me, my vision continues to be stable but continues to get worse at the same time. I have a lot of weird eye things, including some optic nerve strangeness, and will need both cataracts removed when I think I can't take it anymore. I'm too young for this stuff! But I was handed a referral to a specialist in Chevy Chase who also does advanced cataract implant procedures for astigmatic implants. I'm one of those lucky nearsighted folks who needs to have this done earlier than most, and both eyes within a short period. My doctor can do the routine stuff, but now there is an option for the new implants, and of course that would be an out of pocket expense because it is considered "cosmetic." I'll use the next year to research these new approaches and think about my options. It's nice to know there are so many. This is one area I really preferred dealing with when we lived in Milwaukee. We both worked in health care and had connections. Here, we have to rely on what we hope are reasonably decent physicians and hospitals. So far, it's been okay. Let's hope it stays that way. Don't you just love those fashionable sunglasses?

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