Refractive Cataract Surgery Testimonials
My Journey With Cataracts
"I'm old enough to comprehend that, eventually, the process of aging becomes busy with life changes. If left unattended, small bothers can grow into larger annoyances. Cataracts became one of my annoyances. I was looking forward to revisiting some favourite pastimes and interests that I had gathered along my way to retirement. Truthfully, now that leisure time was here, it wasn't as I had envisioned. At first, I didn't recognize that these nuisances were taking enjoyment away from most of my happy doings, but, after dusting off my collection of stained glass panes, I found that accuracy in scoring patterned lines left a lot to be desired. Points of intersection didn't meet. Patterns didn't match up. My work seemed to progress to below beginners level. I switched to my love of weaving for inspiration. Thread count is critical in the preparation for dressing a loom. Separating, counting, recounting, then having to count a gazillion, linen threads again, stretches beyond frustrating. To add, in my gardening efforts, even striking flower combinations seemed to have faded as my cataracts continued to worsen. Seeing was not unlike that of waking up to the rain; every morning projected a gloomy day, with fog, haze and drizzle clouding the view of my favourite things to do. Glasses no longer helped. I thought that the sun-shines in my life had disappeared from the horizon. Thank goodness for my two canine companions who helped console my disillusioned vision of retirement.
At this point, corrective eye surgery suggested an unnerving forecast as I was given a referral. Knowing little about the procedure, I cringed as my uneducated thoughts wrestled between risks vs rewards. Now, along with my failing eyesight, my feelings and judgements were blurred as well. Upon entering the office doors to Great Lakes Eye Centre, smiling faces greeted me. Here, calm and composed mannerisms of the technicians prepared and lead me through a maze of examinations, each with a simplified explanation. Overall, the work environment appeared extremely cohesive, emitting that each employee took pride in their chosen career. Hesitation persisted as an old adage came to mind, "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best." I got the best! I shook hands with Dr Calotti. His greeting is but a brief, quiet introduction to his extensive knowledge and competence in his profession. Based on my pre-operative assessments, each eye would be fitted with a lens appropriate to the condition. Removing the cataract in my right eye was determined to be straightforward, correcting my vision with the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL Mulitifocal lens would be sufficient. My left eye would require the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Torid IOL Astigmatism-Correcting Multifocal Lens. I smiled at the possibility of not missing my glasses.
The first surgery date arrived. Regardless of all well-intentioned preparation, nervousness and anxiety happens. As a patient, fear of the unknown sat me down in the front row labelled apprehensiveness. Then, I met the day surgery team. In surgery prep, the nurses wrap you in the warmth and comfort of their caring personalities as well as heated blankets. They function-about with ease and descriptive reassurance, relaxing you to a level of acceptance that everything is going to be all right. And, it was. Being awake during the procedure gives an added insight to the surgical staff. Listening to their jovial conversations and sharing their off-shift interests, they are everyday people just like you and me, working to make each day as encouraging and as fulfilling as they can for themselves and others. Though awareness tells you what's going on throughout the surgery, there is no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Any notable images exist as fuzzy outlines, lights or shadows and perhaps a slosh or two of anti-bacterial solution for good measure. A short wait time quickly passes in the recovery area and one is happily on the way to the comforts of home.
At first, post-operative care sounds and reads as complicated, but is sensibly simple to follow. I planned ahead and gave myself permission to take a few quiet days to rest and allow a visual healing process to begin. Some relaxation presents itself in the form of applying a series of drops at timely intervals. To do that, my routine involved finding a comfy chair in my garden room on the deck, putting the drops in, then, relaxing while my eye absorbed them. Within a few days not only did I notice a lovely, vibrant pink rose clambering over the railing, the colours in my garden setting were increasingly growing brighter and much prettier than I remembered at planting time, their edges and shapes sharp and clear. Later, a wanderlust to my hobby area ended with a number of skeins of yarn waiting to be warped and woven into an afghan. Colours and textures had been selected that I wouldn't normally plan to weave together. And on the other side of that room ?Oh!, to behold the opulence of my stained glass, pure and rich, as it is meant to be seen. After cataract surgery, almost magically, the veil of haze lifted; I could see through the mist and beyond the fog. The dull and blurry mornings were gone; the sun was truly shining.
Some sentiments about aging suggest that with growing old, "the best is yet to be." If my experience can serve as an example, then corrective surgery has helped my old eyes see better today than I've ever, ever known. I fully respect the sacrifices that are made when in pursuit of a specialized vocation. Reaching the heights of a doctorate and remaining one of the best in the game requires ongoing, progressive determination and stamina. I remain both humbled and grateful to have received patient services from the highly competent Dr. Calotti and his equally proficient staff at Great Lakes Eye Care. I will continue to share my storey with family, friends and acquaintances. Life is beautiful; seeing it in high definition is absolutely intense. And, I've discovered twinkles in the eyes of two happy dogs."
My Toric IOL Cataract Surgery Experience
"I decided to proceed with cataract surgery with the AcrySof TORIC IOL under the advice of Dr. Calotti in order to correct astigmatism while removing the cataract. Since surgery, my vision has been sharp, especially when I drive or deer watch in the wild from a distance. I would recommend the surgery to family and friends and even do it again myself because we only have two eyes, and it is important to keep them in top form. Dr. Calotti is to the point and excellent at what he does, I found the staff to be very courteous and efficient. Thank you."
My Toric IOL Cataract Surgery Experience
"After many years of my eyes suffering as a result facial nerve damage, I decided to undergo cataract surgery with the AcrySof TORIC IOL. I now no longer require glasses or contacts and have maintained 20/20 vision. If I could do it again, I would without a doubt as it has made my life much more enjoyable. There has been so much improvement that I would recommend the procedure to family and friends. Dr. Calotti puts his patients first, his genuine care and exceptional staff made the experience much greater. Thank you again to you and your staff, I am now able to enjoy every aspect of my life."