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In-Context: Before Cataract Surgery

April 8, 2019
Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB (dry and almost out of ink) and Watercolor in a Hahnemühle Travel Journal. The caption is a song lyric and has nothing to do with my eyes!

Even avid readers of the blog might not recognize when this was sketched unless it had the date on it.

I know exactly when it was sketched because I can still feel how my eyes felt on this day as I searched for the lines.

I have found it interesting to observe my own artistic process throughout the cataract surgery process. It’s something I always have done. Many would say I’ve spent too much time doing it. I know I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do it. 

But now it is both painful and joyous to look at work I made just before cataract surgery. 

Painful because I can remember how hard I had to work to get lines to go where I wanted, when I couldn’t see because of the cataract’s interference. Joyous, because that’s me sketching with my eyes. Original parts. 

I’m so grateful I keep a journal.

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    • Nora
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    I’m heading into the cataract surgery tomorrow !! What timing to read your blog .. I have been so incredibly frustrated by the lack of being able to “ find the line” , as you put it .. urban sketching is incredibly challenging, since most of what I’m sketching is at a distance .. I’m looking forward to “ finding the line” :-)))
    Thanks for your blog and your sharing your experiences!!

    1. Reply

      Nora I hope that your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

        • Nora
        • April 10, 2019
        Reply

        Thank you so much!! First one went great, and I’m beyond thrilled with how much brighter everything is!! I had no idea about the yellowish tint the cataract tissue adds ( takes away ) .. this is amazing difference already!! Cataracts grow so slowly that we don’t realize how much we’ve been missing!
        Thanks again.. I wish you all the best ,as well ..

    • Corinne McNamara
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    I hope your surgery and recovery go smoothly. I had the surgery 10 years ago. Still grateful every day to be able to see lines, distinguish colors, recognize faces across a table, read books, drive and read street signs…

    1. Reply

      Thanks Corinne, recovery is proving to be a process. I appreciate your good wishes.

    • Nikki
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    Wishing you a Speedy recovery and return to clarity.

    1. Reply

      thanks so much Nikki.

  1. Reply

    Roz, be forewarned. for many ( myself included) your contrast will not be the same, IE: it’s harder to see the light hairs under my brow that need plucking as they are in tonal value, to close to the skin color. In addition, all the lenses that they implant have a skew toward, warm or cool. I only had one eye done, and when I look with my “new” eye, the snow looks slightly blue tinted and with my original eye lens it is definitely skewed toward a warm white. I makes me crazy. Now I am going to stall to the last second to get the other eye done as I want to see things as they are, or at least more like I am used to seeing them. Good luck in your recovery!

    1. Reply

      Suzala thanks for your concern. Cataracts cause a warming effect in color shifts because of the nature of the material that builds up on the lens, so there is definitely a cooler, bright white perception for people in any eyes with replacement lenses.

      I have other problems beyond contrast issues that we are trying to cope with now. I will write a full post in a couple of months when we know where things stand. I had to go through with both surgeries as my eyes weren’t correctable and vision was getting worse.

      If you can hold off with your second surgery I would urge you to do so.

    • Elaine Magliacane
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    I had both eyes done February 2 years ago, and got in inner ocular lens to correct my vision (still need readers) …. I’m so happy I got it done, I remember how much better I could see after only one eye was done. I was an easy in and out surgery and recovery was amazingly fast.

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