Friday, April 16, 2010

Final Exam with Eye Surgeon

Yesterday I went to see Dr. Campolattaro, the surgeon who did eye surgery for my Strabismus four months ago. He said that it would take about 3 months for the eyes to 'set' and the muscles to fully heal, so here I was four months post op ready to hear how he thought my eyes had healed.

I was excited to see him, he is a wonderful surgeon and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I think my eyes look great, but I do see that one crosses in occasionally. He thought they looked great and after fully examining me, said that I have something called "Age Related Crossing," which he said meant that because my reading and close up vision is is not that strong due to age, my eyes are crossing in when I look at things within about 2 feet of my face. The moment I look at something out of this 2-3 foot space, my eyes straighten out. He said that he could do another surgery, but I would run the risk of going wall - eyed, even if he could do the surgery. He wasn't sure that I would have any decent muscles to work with given my three previous childhood surgeries, the first two for horizontal correction.

During the exam, Dr. C asked me to put on my reading glasses and sat about 2 feet in front of me. He told me that as soon as I had my reading glasses on, my eyes straightened out perfectly in that 2 foot zone. I actually noticed this too when I was home in my obsessive cataloguing of post - op photos taken on my Mac. Whenever I was wearing my glasses in the photos my eyes looked perfect.

Dr. C suggested that when I have business meetings, or out to dinner where someone is going to be sitting that distance, to wear a 1.25 pair of eye glasses and it would keep them aligned. The final takeaway from our appointment was that it was over...no more surgeries, he said he didn't want to risk anything and that they really looked great.

I did bring up Vision Therapy and Dr. C's said not to pursue it, as it would not help my crossing. We all know there is a divide between Optometry and Ophthalmology, which is unfortunate. It would be so great if the two camps could work together in the way say a Physical Therapist works to build or rehab before of after any other kind of surgery, but for now this doesn't seem to be happening. I don't want to sit here and lament on this, but just to tell my story and hope anyone with vision issues will explore all options.

PS: Walking Chester today, we walked home over a steep hill. I stopped and turned to look back down the ridge. It was breathtaking-all the layers of space going down the side of the hill made me happy to be alive. Seeing distance still fills me with joy!