Aye, I had the Eye Shot

Thank you all for your prayers and concern. Everything went well, and the next injection is a month from today.

The preparation (eleven letters) took longer than the treatment (nine), just like those two nouns. There were yellow drops, followed by two sets of numbing drops, and a 10-minute wait for them to take effect. That’s when the amusement started. I thought the assistant said, “We’ll give you something to hold your eyelid open.”

I responded, “I HAVE TO HOLD MY EYELID OPEN????”

Hearing my disbelief, she laughed and said, “No, no! The doctor will do that FOR you.”

We both had a good laugh while my eyes were still closed. Soon she said she was ready for him. A man’s voice said, “I heard my name.”

Knowing it was Dr. Komanski, I asked, “Your name is HIM?”

He laughed and said it was better than Injection. He saw the notice sent to me that Dr. Injection Komanski would take care of me.

“Look up,” I heard. In two seconds the eye was held open by some small gizmo, which I hardly felt and couldn’t see. The assistant had a comforting hand on my shoulder as Dr. K. gave me the shot. It was over in the time it took you to read that sentence. There was a bit of pressure, but no pain. She squirted cold liquid into the eye before telling me what was on the instruction sheet she was handing me. I walked out, made the appointment, and John drove me home. Easy as could be!

Six hours later the eye feels the same as it did in the office, a little scratchy. No immediate change was expected in my vision, so I’m still wandering around in a fog. So, what else is new??

43 thoughts on “Aye, I had the Eye Shot

  1. I am so glad it went well. Mother always looked forward to her injection trips…she got to stop at Whattaburger on the way home to get a vanilla milkshake. Take good care of yourself and let folks help when they can!

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        1. I was going to participate in a clinical trial. The doctor said they were testing similar solutions that would work quicker. He then noticed I had just had cataract surgery and was rejected before I started. There had to be three months between surgery and starting the trial treatment. I’m on the old, slow track, but at least I’ve gotten started.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post! I used to work for an optometrist, and any time a special situation came up where we referred someone to a specialist, I ate up any information about the procedure and asked a lot of questions. It’s interesting to hear the patient’s experience and point of view, so thank you for that! And I love your positive attitude and sense of humor. All around, everyone who has a part in the procedure, and your care, and the attitudes of all, makes it all go so much better! Thanks for this GREAT report!!

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  3. You are so brave, Anne! I have always had such phobias when it comes to my eyes. My parents were amazed when I learned to put contacts in…my dad used to have to practically sit on my just to put an eye drop in my eyes. Then I worked for Dr Key —the famous cataract dr in Dallas for a while. I had to assist sometimes during the procedures and when they got the shots in their eyes, I had to look away, but I could totally watch in the microscope while he took out the cataract and replaced it with the lens. I found that part fascinating. Plus, there was no blood. I can watch it go in a tube all day, but seeing it outside of that, not so much. I am praying they do what they are supposed to do and you don’t have to have too many of them.

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    1. How lovely to hear from you! I’ve missed you and hope things are going well for you.

      I didn’t know what to expect with cataract surgery, but it was easy. It’s quite common, and many people were praying for me. Since my dad went blind from macular degeneration, that was sobering. I’ve found out lots of people have it, many without loss of sight.

      Thank you for commenting. It’s wonderful to hear from you.

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  4. This was interesting to read Anne. I was wondering how the procedure went, especially after you and I had chatted about the fellow walker at the Park and her experience with her recent cataract surgery. I now know three people who had cataract surgeries, two which were seemingly a breeze. I don’t envy you doing this procedure but I’m glad I understand the injection and outcome better and how it will overcome your diagnosis of macular degeneration so that you will indeed have an outcome better than your father. Once a month it is and on that day, you need something for your procedure … lunch or dinner out, cake … something for an “atta girl”.

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  5. Brave, brave Anne!! No way could I let someone near my eyes with a syringe! I’d have to be knocked unconscious first, at least. Glad for you that it went well!

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