I got two new eyes for Christmas – what a present!

I’m sure my friends are fed up listening to me going on about it, but it is truly amazing! I can’t believe how bright and beautiful everything has become since I had the cataracts removed from my eyes. Now I am without glasses, except for close up reading.

It all started early in October when I visited the optician and was told ‘your eyesight is borderline for driving’.  I knew my eyesight had deteriorated quite quickly in the last year, hence the visit to the opticians, but didn’t realise how bad it had become. So that set the ‘wheels in motion’, something needed to be done.

Preparation

Having a cataract operation is said to be one of the most successful operations performed in the United Kingdom today. Many of my friends have had a cataract operation and most have spoken of its great benefits, so I thought it all sounded quite straightforward!

However, I confess that when I went for the operation I was feeling quite apprehensive, just the thought of someone working on my eye! The operation itself however was not painful, even although I was still a bit tense. 

The Operation(s)

Before the operation eye drops are inserted to dilate the eye and the eye is frozen. You wear a gown over your clothes and a pair of slippers provided before you go into theatre. A mask is put over the top of your face leaving a space for the eye to be operated on. There’s a very bright light shining in your eye and you’re aware of the surgeon moving the instrument above your eye, which provides the sound waves for breaking up your cataract. At the same time someone is intermittently and gently pouring cold water over your eye. The cataract damaged lens is removed through the little slit on the surface of the eye, which the surgeon had already made. Since the eye is frozen there is no pain associated with this at all. After having removed the cataract the surgeon then implants a small lens into the eye through the slit that he has used to remove the cataract.  I had opted for a lens that made it a possibility that glasses for distance would not be required after the operation.  The whole affair took less than 30 minutes to complete. 

This was followed by a nurse providing me with some instructions, an eye patch, (which had to be worn for a few nights), and with two sets or drops that had to be put into the eye 4x a day for 28 days. I was home the same day.

After the Operation(s)

I had read prior to the operation that some people are able to do light work on their computer or mobile phone within hours of the operation. However, when I returned home I found that my eye was very blurred indeed, and this lasted for the rest of the day. I had hoped that in the morning the blurriness would’ve disappeared, but in fact my eye was as blurred the second day. I was starting to feel a little anxious but a phone call from the surgeon assured me things would settle in a day or two. This calmed my fears and sure enough by the third day my eye was starting to clear, and within 4/5 days my vision had completely cleared.  

It is hard to describe the difference. My ‘new’ eye was seeing a new world which was bright and beautiful, but when I covered it, the ‘old’ eye saw the much duller drearier world that I had been living in for the last year or so. Now I have had my two eyes done there is only one word to describe it – FANTASTIC! 

My house no longer needs decorating, my white car looks as good as new, street lighting has greatly increased in luminance, and the Church looks as if it has had new lighting installed. Moreover my wife is looking better than I’ve seen her for a long time 🙂

I’m so grateful for the skills of the surgeon and the wonders of modern medicine!

It’s ten years since I gave up preaching, but this experience brought to mind so clearly some things the Bible says about our ‘spiritual’ sight. Please bear with me for a minute.

·      I was slowly going blind and I didn’t realise it! The Bible says – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor: 4.4   Or as   C S Lewis put it –‘Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts’. 

·      Jesus is the restorer of Sight – He said- The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4.18   When we understand we are ‘spiritually’ blind we need to call out to Jesus, just like blind Bartimaeus did in the Bible story, ‘Jesus I want to see’  Mark 10:46 ‘Go said Jesus your faith has healed you’

·      Heaven will be beyond our imagination – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 and  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.1 Corinthians 2:9-10

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