Well it's been a strange and difficult year for me so far. I went in to get new contact lens this January and was told I needed to see a Retina specialist before doing anything about contacts. Turned out I had a Macular Hole in the retina of BOTH eyes and needed retina surgery as soon as possible. I had the surgery on my right eye, the worst of the two March 3th. That surgery went okay but the surgeon was NOT able to close the hole completely. He was able to get the surface of the retina FLAT, so now the image is a lot better, but I still have a blind spot in the center of my vision. Bottom line is that my right eye is pretty much USELESS for readying, be it a book or a computer screen.
April 23th, I had the same retina surgery on my left eye, my GOOD one. As luck would have it, I had some serious problems and I developed a THICK cataract in my left eye OVER NIGHT. On Monday before the surgery I could see well enough to drive a car with NO contacts if I heeded to. After the surgery the cataract was so thick I couldn't see much of anything. When my wife was driving me to the doctors office the next day, there was a black car about 15 yards in front of our car. With my LEFT eye, I couldn't even tell the car was there, just a total blur. Needless to say it wasn't much fun getting around with only one eye, one with a blind spot no less. The cataract was so thick and cloudy that my surgeon was NOT able to look inside my eye and see the retina to see if he had been able to completely close the hole. It wasn't until after I had cataract surgery on my left eye June 2th that he was able to look inside and tell me he had gotten the hole completely closed.
June 16th I had cataract surgery on my right eye, so now all that remains is for my eyes to settle down so I can finally get new contacts and a new set of reading glasses for up close. Before all this started, I could work on my computer just fine with NO contacts or reading glasses. NOW, I need reading glasses for ALL close-up seeing. The NEW plastic lens they installed with the cataract surgery is set for DISTANCE, and not close up work. So now my vision is pretty good at long range, but MUCH worse then it was for up close. Time will tell if I will be able to see a golf ball land on shots over 75 yards. And I'm hoping that I will be able to drive a car with NO contacts for the first time in 45 years.
And as my luck would be, I'm having trouble with my Left eye, the good one. Seems that after I got off the prescribtion eye drops I was taking for 3 weeks after the cataract surgery, I developed some inflammation in my eye and I had to go back on the steroid eye drops and start ALL OVER with them. Now I have to use the drops 4 times a day again, and with luck cut back to 3 drops a day next week, then 2 a day for another week before cutting back to 1 a day for another week. If everything goes right this time I'll be off the drops in a few more weeks and then after 2 more weeks my eyes should be settled down enough to get new reading glasses and with luck NOT need contacts for driving.
So all this explains WHY you haven't had to put up with me on this site since April 22nd. So far, this year has been a total BUST as far as getting much of anything done.