Archive for September 9th, 2011

True Colors

Friday, September 9th, 2011

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors,
True colors, are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.

I had my first cataract surgery yesterday and wow!, I was not prepared for the difference in how I would see my world. Driving home from the hospital, with my sunglasses on, I closed my non-surgical eye and with my new eye, I saw a beautiful blue sky and white clouds as in the first photo. When I closed my new eye and looked at the sky with my old eye, I saw a gray-blue sky and gray clouds.

Mr C thought I had gone nuts, but it was so dramatic. When I got home, I felt as if new brighter light bulb had been put in every room of our home. I was told it would be dramatic, but I had no idea.

The whole procedure was quite painless and seamless. Kaiser Permanente, our health care provider, has a wonderful system for their ambulatory surgery. Everyone has a job and does  it well. I left home at 10:30 and was back home at 1 pm. I have had no scratchiness or pain in the eye.

When I went in for my post-op visit today, I had 20/2o vision already. He told me that I was a star patient.

Today, I did some research about artists and cataracts. It seems that many of the impressionists suffered from them. Mary Cassatt stopped painting. Monet even had cataract surgery done with many complications. Imagine what it must have been like back then. Here is a link to his story. More information about how cataracts affect vision and art, here is a link.

I am noticing things I have done in the house since we moved here that are interesting to see with my new eyes. Most of it is good. I realize the kitchen tile is not as green as I thought it was and am not sure it goes with paint color. Mr C says that we can change that. I would like to do red, green and black glass tiles.

I went downstairs to look at my quilts. That was a trip, as I checked each one with my new and old eye.

I can no longer wear my bi-focals. Everything is blurry when I wear them. I went out and bought some magnifiers for reading and computer work. My vision is supposed to improve as the week progresses, but so far I am very happy even though I have to put 3 different drops in my eyes 4 times a day and have to shampoo my hair without letting any water get in my eyes!!