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rtfm

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Hi folks,
Having been gently chided for not sharing recent ballroom successes, I thought I would share a rather scary eye operation I underwent last week.

Basically, a thin film was growing on the back of my left eye, severely reducing the vision in that eye, and making it impossible to correct with spectacles, and posing a significant risk to my being able to continue flying. Unfortunately, the optometrist didn't pick it up, and neither did the surgeon I consulted for cataract surgery. Glenda (wife) suggested I attend a second cataract surgeon (just as a matter of course). I did so, and he refused to accept that my left eye was just buggered and couldn't be corrected with lenses. That was when he discovered the film growing on the back of the eye.

The surgery wasn't pleasant - they remove the fluid from the eye, go in with scalpals and foreceps and peel the film off. All under local anaesthetic! They then fill the eye up with saline and send you home. Fortunately I was so full of happy juice that I didn't even know when they started or when they finished.

I've just come back from my 1-week checkup, and all is well. Healing nicely, and I can resume all normal activities. And my vision is improving daily.

I'll get to fly the Razorback yet...

Cheers,
Duncan
 

PTAirco

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Are we talking about posterior capsule opacification? That usually only happens after cataract surgery, but you didn't mention you had that operation. Have you already had cataract surgery? I thought the usual fix for that was simply laser posterior capsulotomy - they simply use a laser to pop the back surface of the capsular bag, a very simple and safe procedure. Sound like you had it done the hard way - I assume there were good reasons for this?

My own cataract surgery exceeded all my expectations - I went from being so shortsighted I was legally blind without glasses to having 20/20 vision unaided and 20/15 with glasses. Only downside was a slight loss of green perception due to the UV beam used on this lens.
 

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Thank you for shearing with us, no telling how many other people you may have helped by posting this.
 

rtfm

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Hi guys,
The technical name for my procedure is Vitrectomy surgery to remove an epiretinal membrane. An epiretinal membrane is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that can develop on the surface of the macular area of the retina and cause a disturbance in vision. In my case, the complete inability to read with my left eye.

There.

So much for the technicalities. Bottom line, however, is that I'm seeing better each day. I'll go in for the cataract surgery this time next year, I think.

Cheers,
Duncan (eagle-eyes)
 

rtfm

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Hi deskpilot.
Yes, I've adapted the design to accommodate EITHER configuration. All the mounting points are there, so it is really up to a prospective builder which configuration he/she would prefer.

Check my new thread for an update and some new concept drawings... Comments welcome.

Cheers,
Duncan
And Merry Christmas!
 
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