“… your retina is fine. That macula spot is a healed scar.”
His words sink in as they drape my face. I’m sipping at relief. For years I have looked thru’ blurs, floaters, haloes, recently, even cats*! Now it seems like not such a bad eye, as we prepare for Phaco IOL surgery. The kind Doctor used this moment to give me some positive news; his voice is a ray of light. I exhale.
The next few minutes here will prescribe my vision forever, as they remove my cataracts*. Am stepping into new Territory, totally unprepared for what followed @ Karthik Nethralaya.
Leading Opthalmologist whose innovative surgery along with
his highly qualified Team, serve micro-surgical excellence for decades of blind & visually impaired persons, as well as advocating training in affordable cataract treatment across S.Asia.
A livewire 5ft Optometrist tells me it will be over before I know it. Theater Staff frame my left eye with a device to keep it open. From inside the face wrap & topical anesthesia, it is like looking up through blue underwater. The Theater is cool. Literally. One of its kind in India. Sleek, minimal. Dual palmsized rectangular lights and another circular one shine thru’. “For a moment you won’t see anything, we’re putting it all in the centre..”
There is no pain just a tiny tug: I’m suddenly staring at grey Smudge, at Blindness. Then a miracle happens:
like a stencil of dawn: an orb of sheer crystal enters focal field. How do I describe this choreography of lights, being worked into my visual frame? The Procedure is a work of Art, a moving picture:
like a Monet painting
but in 3D. “Doctor, I wasn’t prepared for something beautiful.”
He has a knowing silence. Something beautiful did just happen: call it Phaco Intraocular lens surgery, with Toric lens: focal (long distance left eye & later, intermediate in the right),
this is the Sacred, collaborating with Humanity.
What micro-miracle just fixed my vision, (weak since childhood), now it begins to see a world that is brighter, closer…?
The surgery is ‘8 minutes’ (outside of preparation time), no injections, no stitches, just the process of healing, rest;
sunglasses are given, post-surgery. “Alright, sit down a while, pray…whatever it is you do…” Dr. concluded.
What does one pray when they’re startled?
Am still staring at how good everyone looks now, at the countless colors of trees, the details at construction sites, at vendors and cows, at samosa stall, traffic jams, rain clouds…
“What were those blue- greens at ….?” I ask in our first Follow up, 24 hours later. Dr.MSR shrugs. “I’ve never had eye surgery so, don’t know. But there are artists who painted muddy due to cataract.” ( I Googled and found this interesting Article on colour & cataracts👁)
At K.N., after Surgery, patients are given easy- to- wear – at- night -shield, before the next eye’s IOL (where another ‘sapphire’ miracle happened for me. Am yet to meet someone who shares similar visuals. Can the Retina (Powerhouse of color) be triggered? )
My sisters, Eye *Dr Olga David & Thelma(lecturer) highly recommend Dr.M.S.Ravindra, “He’s the best!”
*(she gave me time & words of wisdom thru’ these 2 surgeries: an experienced and well loved Eye Surgeon herself♥️ I owe you sis!)
It has been one month, 2 weeks & a life changing experience. How does one say thank you for the skill & grace of good Doctors, Staff, and even Basement Security who escort one into elevator (sans footwear) with eyes like a thumbs up;
am getting on canvas what was ‘seen’ in there, but can all the paint in the world match the Doctor’s incredible brush with Infinite Intelligence?
These are the ‘best of times and the worst’; human Vision peers thru’ cataracts of need. The lines between good & evil blur as we search for clarity, for Compassion.
My experience at Karthik Nethralaya is a Nudge from the Supernatural to never take healing for granted.
Yes, there is the continued prayer to Lord Yeshua: God of Peace & Love:
“The Lord bless and keep you, make His Face shine upon you, be gracious to you and give you peace.”
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