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Tuesday, 05 September 2017


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Get a grip Duffers old chap!!

(Take care and get well)

"Not much fun, this getting old lark, is it?"

No, but as we know it has its compensations. I hope all goes well.

Thank you, Gentlemen, I don't think it is anything too serious - and at least it doesn't hurt, an important factor for an old wimp like me!

Eyes can be tricky things. A few of those SpecSavers skits hit a little close to home.

Thank goodness! Something funny for a change!

What I like about Spec Savers (apart from the ads of course) is that they show you the photos of your eyes, which you may not fully understand, but at least they treat you as entitled to the information. I was referred for cataract surgery which has made a brilliant improvement.

Brilliant improvement is right. I had one eye done a month ago and still use sunglasses outside as everything is, apart from in focus, very bright. In the queue for the second one.

Timbo, I found the period between having the first eye done and the second was the most difficult part, but that is probably because I am very short sighted and astigmatic. It was difficult to adjust to the difference between the two eyes. I had the slight complication that occasionally occurs a little while afterwards of posterior capsule opacification, but this was treated very easily and painlessly by laser.

Think yourself lucky David, I have to have these tests every six months, since type 2 diabetes often leads to blindness, and old age simply complicates matters. Last time, I was sent a letter which detailed the huge amounts of changes in my eyes (including dry macula (?spelling?)) which caused me a heart attack, only to be told that the changes were so small that they were not going to do anything about them as yet.

So be prepared for a letter discussing this "pleasant (humpty-hum) years old patient" with reams of stuff you won't know about, and shouldn't ever Google which just means you will have to go for more eye tests.

Best advice? Keep your blood pressure as near to perfect as you can. It's blood pressure which does the real damage.

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