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December 15, 2010 / farrelledwards

See Through A Glass Darkly

Dad has long known he has Macular Degeneration.  He was diagnosed at some point before I gained adult consciousness.  It slowly degrades the central vision until everything is blurry and the person can’t read or recognize faces.

So Dad’s vision has been slowly deteriorating.  A year or two ago Dad stopped driving at night because the visual contrast is so low.  When I heard that, I must admit more to feelings of resignation than indignation.  We knew this was coming.  The main thing is that the decline holds off long enough for Dad to finish up his research work.  He simply must complete his work before his health dictates otherwise. So far so good, but this latest development is a worry.

It’s been getting worse.  He told me a few days ago that he’s probably legally blind.  He can’t recognize faces across a room.  He can’t read street signs if the sky is too bright.  He can’t drive at night and only drives in the daytime in the best of conditions.  It’s getting bad.

At the constant prodding of my brother-in-law Grant, Dad reluctantly agreed to see a doctor.  He didn’t have any hope for a positive outcome because we knew this was coming, right?

He first talked to my cousin Marty, who knows a little about eyes.  🙂  Marty puzzled that the symptoms don’t match macular degeneration.  Marty told Dad to go to a different kind of eye doctor.

So, there’s this doctor in Logan, UT that my sister, Laura, went to high school with.  Dad asked her if Dr. Hammond was a good student.  He was a very good student, which was some satisfaction to Dad.  I have since wondered how Dad would have reacted if Dr. Hammond was a terrible student in high school.  🙂

Anyway, Dad called me yesterday with the results of his appt and it was the absolute best news.  When the doctor delivered the news to Mom & Dad, Mom was so happy she started to cry.

Dad has 2 “big huge” cataracts.  One in each eye.

Who would have thought cataracts could be such good news?

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  1. Rick / Dec 15 2010 8:20 am

    I am happy for the good news. I wonder if Grant will be listened to a little bit more now.

  2. Marianne / Dec 16 2010 6:58 am

    Grant deserves some credit, but Marty is the real hero of the story! Way to go Marty!

  3. Marianne / Dec 16 2010 10:12 pm

    I had no idea of Grants involvement in this whole affair! I shoulda read the blog more closely before commenting. I wish Dad would have listened to you a long time ago Grant!

    • farrelledwards / Dec 17 2010 1:13 pm

      It was Grant that got it all started. He kept the pressure on Dad until he did something about it.

  4. farrelledwards / Feb 4 2011 6:54 pm

    Dad had his second surgery today and he is already seeing so much better. Mom got to watch the entire surgery and said it was amazing. Dad’s on his way back!

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