(Continued from part 1)
The next day, my mum went back to Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre for the same procedure on her right ‘non-master’ eye that also had a custom fit Toric Mono-focal lens implant. This time, it was specially tailored for her to provide long hours of reading.
No Downtime After Operation
With the stitch-less, small-incision cataract surgery my mum had, there was no downtime, although my mum mentioned that her eyes felt slightly tired.
Second-day post-op, my mum was told she could shower and wash hair as per normal. This was because she had a micro-incisional cataract surgery which healed immediately.
However, she was advised not to use make up for three days following her op, so some people may prefer to take medical/hospitalisation leave for a few days and rest at home.
Vision Normalising After Cataract Operation
Right after the operation, my mum’s vision was clear but reading was still a bit “new” and unnatural as she had to allow more time to adapt to the different system (mono-vision) that had been programmed into her eyes.
Her left eye was fitted with a custom Mono-focal lens implant for long distance vision, while her right eye’s Mono-focal lens implant was fitted for close-up reading.
However, Dr Natasha and team told her to avoid being too conscious of the difference and to continue using both eyes at all times.
Follow-Ups After Both Cataract Surgeries Were Complete
There were three follow-up sessions to ensure the recovery was smooth-sailing; a day, week and month after the surgery. Initially, she had to adjust to reading print material to find the most ‘comfortable’ distance.
Dr Natasha recommended what was suitable for my age (iLASIK) and what was a permanent solution for my mum in her 50s; Cataract Surgery and Mono-vision Lens Implantation.
Although my mum wishes she had done it earlier, she’s glad Dr Natasha didn’t hard-sell any temporary solution for her cataract issue.
Results were good and my mum noticed clear vision for far distance immediately after the op. For reading, it gets better with time and was at its best three months post-op.
Sometimes, she forgets that she has near-perfect eyesight so she’ll reach out for her spectacle case whenever she wakes up (lol).
But most of the time, she enjoys watching Korean drama while seated on the sofa that’s the furthest away from the TV. Or applying/removing makeup without the hassle of wearing contact lenses. There’s also no need for her to fret over eye products to bring whenever she travels.
At 900 degrees, not wearing specs/lenses is almost equivalent to being blind. But after 38 years of spending thousands on temporary solutions, this permanent solution is the BEST INVESTMENT EVER.
Soon after, even my dad approached Dr Natasha for his cataract surgery. But this time, Dr Natasha recommended him multi-focal lens implants (instead of my mum’s mono-focal lens implants) as he was found to be a suitable candidate.
For multi-focal lens implants, your eyes need to be 100% perfect on clinical examination.
Now my father enjoys binocular vision for all distances–far, near, and intermediate.
Cover illustration by Brunna Mancuso