October 2, 2011

Clearer Vision - someday soon

One more Urban Stripes necklace set finished.
Janice has posted her two Urban Stripes necklaces. She debated on using the green in the first one. I'm glad she did as it pulled the set out of the ordinary into a grouping that really stands out. I'd wear this pair in a heartbeat.

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I did all of the layouts, photos and illustrations for the eBook, Urban Stripes, before last Monday. Now I'm just waiting for my good Editor to get the rough draft back to me with the i's dotted and t's crossed.

I've always been nearsighted, very nearsighted, or almost blind according to my kids. Well age finally caught up to me and it was time to have the cataracts taken care of. That's why I hurried and got the eBook stuff done while my eyesight was still stable in both eyes before I had the first surgery last Monday.

With one eye done I'm very lopsided and see like the above photo . . . half clear and half fuzzy. It's going to be very good when both eyes are done, but for the moment, I can either use my old eyeglasses and close one eye, or take them off and close the other eye. Shall we say that walking around right now is quite an adventure. I'm OK with text up close, but don't trust myself to know if a photo is good, sharp and clear at the moment. Mary Anne Weeks Mayo, my Editor, is a boon at any time, but now more than ever.

So, I'll be quiet for a couple of months until everything is done, the eyes are stable and I can get new prescription eyeglasses. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (quite clearly) but it's going to be a couple of very frustrating months.

3:30 EST- addendum:
due to the type of implanted lens and the very extreme corrective difference in both eyes at the moment . . . the option of removing one old eyeglass lens is not optimal - it gives "double vision + haloed effect" to the max!


  1. Can you remove the lense covering the operated eye?

    One of these days, months, years, I WILL get comfortable with bead crochet. I love what everyone has come up with for your stripes!

  2. This is certainly not ideal, but what about covering the lens for the operated eye? You wouldn't want to walk around like that all the time, but you wouldn't have to close one eye.

    Just a thought.

    Love Janice's Urban Stripes

  3. Hang in there, Judith! You are going to be amazed at how clear and crisp everything will be. Thanks again for coming up with the Urban Stripes project. We all had a great time. It was a very bonding experience.

  4. You will be amazed at the difference! It will be a whole new world opening up. As a fellow formerly near-sighted person, I can well attest to what awaits. I wouldn't trade it for anything, as scary as the cataract surgery seemed going into it.

  5. My husband had cataract surgery in both eyes last year. They were done a month apart and he had much improved vision immediately. No longer needs bifocals. Was thrilled to see how much brighter everything was and how colors just shone! I'm hoping you have a similar QUICK recovery! You mention a few months and I hope it isn't that long!