Cataract Surgery Post-Op & Pre-Op Day

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Two days ago Mary drove us in her rental car (her Prius is in the body shop being repaired) the 141 miles to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California for my cataract surgery post-op and pre-op purposes. We departed at 9:30 AM and after a three-hour drive into the traffic congested area…we arrived safely.


We spent the night at a place called the Defenders Lodge which is made available to vets who live more than 50 miles or a two-hour drive from the hospital. Instead of a horrible drive in morning rush-hour traffic, we arrived fresh for my 9:30 AM appointment.

Dr. Suzann Pershing performed her functions flawlessly…


The first function was a post-op observation of the surgery performed on my right eye on October 9th. She pronounced everything in great condition. I went into surgery with 20/200 vision. After the operation I was 20/50 and yesterday I was 20/25.

The pre-op exam on my left eye now scheduled for surgery on November 6th revealed it is now at 20/100, up from 20/80 only two weeks ago. Time to take the next action soon.

There was no pain associated with the first operation. She offered either both near and distance lens to be installed in my eyes. She said most choose distance…which I did. So, I can clearly see distances and will now be able to drive without glasses. Colors appear much brighter. I will still have to wear reading glasses, but I knew that going into this operation. The only pain (in the butt) associated with the entire process is the amount of eye drops required both prior to and after the operation. In reality a small price to pay to have good vision for another 75 years!  🙂

What’s next? On November 6th we’ll return to Palo Alto for the surgery on my left eye. Once again we’ll spend the night in the Defenders Lodge, have an exam the next morning, then return to Mary’s Home.

Dr. Pershing indicates I should have no problem making my planned December 1st departure before it gets too cold here…providing there are no complications with the next surgery. I’m confident about her abilities and am looking forward to getting back on the road once again.

Online I read that the VA does about 50,000 cataract surgeries a year…about 1,000 a week. Also online I read that about 3,000,000 cataract surgeries are performed in the United States annually. Being an ex-engineer, I broke that down to 60,000 a week and 12,000 a day. Simply amazing!

You can read all about cataract surgery by clicking this Wikipedia link…


Yesterday was a sunny day and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with a chance of showers and 68 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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4 thoughts on “Cataract Surgery Post-Op & Pre-Op Day

  1. You make the surgery sound almost fun! ;-> Can you feel the lens that they put into your eye when you had the other eye done? I was never able to wear contacts because of the sensitivity of my eye to something foreign being in there. I tried off and on for about twenty years!

    Virtual hugs,


    • ramblinmanjimj

      I could not wear contacts for the same reason. No, I cannot feel the lens.

  2. Great news that all went so well, Jim. Best wishes for the other eye next month. Bronwyn and David, Australia

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