Thanks for the good wishes these past few days. Surgery on my left eye went well and the doctor’s follow-up exam indicated a good result. In fact, within 24 hours I could see more out of the subject eye than before. Because of amblyopia, that’s always been a bad eye so, when the right one has its cataract removed in February, overall vision will be much improved.
Today, if I close my right eye, the page I see with the repaired eye is stark white. With that closed, the right eye sees a yellowed page, distinctly off-white. Of course, cataracts don’t merely affect brightness or colour perception; opaque lenses result in blurriness and other vision defects. The vision fault is often age-related but studies show that cataracts are at least in part dependent on the dose of ultraviolet light received by the lens. I choose to blame my childhood days living on the waters of Malaspina Strait.
Sometimes, we talk much about healthcare costs and forget the marvellous outcomes routinely available to many. We are fortunate but, collectively, we deserve the best medical system possible. It’s an industry that employs hundreds of thousands in BC, most at good wages, and improves lives of citizens without regard to social standing. The BC government will bend over backwards to subsidize coal mining and gas production but disregards and regrets the valuable economic activity that occurs routinely in healthcare.