Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bar Fight? Brawl?
No, nothing like that.

A couple of months ago my dad underwent surgery to remove cataracts in both eyes.
The first eye was a text book case, but things went terribly wrong with the second.
He was taken to the Sydney Eye Hospital to have emergency surgery.

Last week the pressure in his eyes began to build up, causing a detached retina in the 'bad' eye.

Retinal detachments are treated with surgery that may require the patient to stay in the hospital. In some cases a scleral buckle, a tiny synthetic band, is attached to the outside of the eyeball to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina. If necessary, a vitrectomy may also be performed. During a vitrectomy, the doctor makes a tiny incision in the sclera (white of the eye). Next, a small instrument is placed into the eye to remove the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye and helps the eye maintain a round shape. Gas is often injected to into the eye to replace the vitreous and reattach the retina; the gas pushes the retina back against the wall of the eye. During the healing process, the eye makes fluid that gradually replaces the gas and fills the eye. With all of these procedures, either laser or cryopexy is used to "weld" the retina back in place.

At this stage he has lost his peripheral vision. And he has had to lie with his face down for 22 hrs a day (this needs to be done for a week) so that the gas pushes the retina back to the wall of the eye.

It is hard having the responsibility of an adult. I need to stay here, with my family, and look after them.

I would like to have the opportunity to spend the time with my parents too.



3 comments:

Mrs Arnott said...

Know how you feel.... 'live long enough to become a burden to your children'... but what happens when you still have both your own children needing you as well as your parent!

Paul Merrill said...

So hard!! And sad for him.

My wife is going through a lot of 'care' issues with her mum. Thankfully her dad is still alive to do the bulk of the care.

Seraphim sigh said...

Your poor, poor father and that eye looks soooo painful but I have to say it's a very impressive photo.