My sister and I drove to Gainesville Thursday morning for what was to be the final round of surgery to complete a retinal repair in my left eye. The docs had to remove the silicon oil from behind the eyeball and replace it with saline solution. The silicon was added during the first surgery in early March to prevent the vitreous fluid from adhering to the retina until the healing following the laser stitching of the retina was complete.
Well, the surgery on Thursday was mostly successful. Mostly. They left a bit of oil behind. Actually, the doc said they left a significant amount of oil behind. I see it as a lens below the center of my vision. About the size of a dime, maybe.
When the doc saw it Friday morning during the post-op visit, he said they occasionally see a very small amount of oil remaining, but the patient normally will not notice it. But in my case he suggested I consider having them go in and clean it out.
So in two weeks that is what is gonna happen.
I thought it was all over but the healing.
Silly me, huh?
But in spite of the residual oil and the need for a third round of surgery, I have to say that I am extremely impressed with my eye surgeon and his staff. Shands in Gainesville is an amazing place, and Dr. Mark Peden is a great doctor.