Eye’m taking a short break!

June 15, 2022


Hi there!

Just a quick post to let it be known I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a short while.

This is because I’m soon having surgery on my eyes (bilateral cataract extraction and intraocular lens implant) and will need some time to recover.  

I’m having my right eye done next Monday and then I go back again the next day (Tuesday) to have my left eye done.

I’ve heard recovery takes around 6 weeks. I could be ok to resume usual activities earlier than that but I’ll just have to play it by ear.

I’m not sure what to expect. All I know is that I will have to put drops in my eyes regularly each day for several weeks and that my eyes will be very sensitive to light and glare for a while. I’ll be given some groovy dark wrap around sunglasses to help with that.

My cute new glasses (for reading & distance) will become obsolete, as well as my prescription sunglasses! I may no longer need glasses at all or might perhaps still need a pair for reading. I will always need sunglasses but probably not prescription ones! Once recovered I will need to be re-tested to find out where things are at.

I’m looking forward to my new ‘bionic’ eyes. This will be very helpful for my art that’s for sure. I just hope I don’t get a fright when I look in the mirror! lol

Have you had this surgery done? How was it for you?

Please don’t tell me any horror stories!


Ciao for now,

P.S. As I’ll be having surgery, unfortunately I won’t be linking up with Denyse’s final #lifestories linkup on Monday (20 June) but I want to thank her very much for the many years of commitment to this link up (under it’s various names) and for providing a place that has nourished the sense of blogging community especially for us Aussies where the blogosphere seems to have faded away quite significantly from what it once was. Denyse will still be blogging so I look forward to continuing to keep up with her story and I wish her all the best for her future plans (which I believe will soon be revealed).

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  • Reply sherry June 15, 2022 at 9:52 am

    wishing you much good luck with your ops. I too have a cataract on one eye (at least) and will have to have it fixed. not looking forward to that but … All the best to you. And yes i know what you mean about the blogosphere diminishing. there ain’t much of it around anymore. Apparently only oldies (who can actually read and write) maintain them!

    • Reply Min June 15, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry! I’m sure you’ll hear (here on the blog and/or on my social media) how it goes!

  • Reply Jo June 15, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Hope it all goes well Min! I’ve had mine done and very happy with the result. A few small challenges along the way and the need for dry eye drops now, but really really pleased. Such a joy only needing (magnifying) glasses for reading and computer.

    • Reply Min June 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Jo! I’m so pleased you’re happy with the result following your surgery! I’m guessing only needing glasses for reading and computer is a big improvement to how it was before for you since you say it’s a joy! lol Hope the small challenges weren’t too rough! I need eye drops for dry eye sometimes already so hopefully that won’t get any worse. Time will tell! The joys of getting older! xo

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 15, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Hi Min – you’re going to love your new bionic eyeballs! The next few weeks won’t be fun, but the end result will be totally worth it (that’s what I’m telling myself about my hip replacement when it finally happens next year). Enjoy your break and we’ll ‘see’ you on the other side (I’m sure there’ll be a blog post or two about it!) xxx

    • Reply Min June 15, 2022 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Leanne, I hope the road to my new bionic eyeballs isn’t too rough! See you (hopefully!!) on the other side and yes there will be a blog post or two on the subject no doubt! Everything is content! lol xo

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid June 15, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Oh sounds so fancy! Hope all goes well – you’ll have vision like the Bionic Woman! Take care x

    • Reply Min June 15, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      It does sound fancy doesn’t it! I like the thought of being partially bionic. Look out world! lol Thanks Sammie! xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 19, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I hope you get the same good overall result I did when I had my eyes done in March 2020. I admit I am not a patient patient but I managed the 6 weeks OK by using my old glasses for a bit. Once I had my 6 weeks check, the Dr gave me all clear to drive without any glasses (got my licence changed that day!) & rather than use cheap readers, I got two pairs made up from our PHI & in over 2 years the prescription has stayed the same,
    I really appreciate your kind words Min about my link up and the sense of community in a diminishing Australian blogging scene. Now that we are both 10+ years bloggers we have been part of so many changes. I remember in 2015 there was a link up for every day of the week! Remember IBOT with Jess? It got a crazy number of bloggers linking up. Now, Jess has just graduated with a degree and fulfilling her life as a Pastor.
    All the best tomorrow…it’s surgery I never regretted having !


    • Reply Min June 27, 2022 at 9:50 am

      Hi Denyse – thanks so much. It’s a week today since I got the first eye done and the whole process has been much easier/better than I had thought it would be. My long distance vision is incredible! Also colours are brighter and whites are whiter! I still need glasses to read so I’m in a bit of a limbo land at the moment. Can’t use my old glasses as the prescription in them is very very strong. Bought a cheap 2.5 x magnifying glasses from the chemist to help me get by but they’re not ideal. They have a yellow tinge to the lens which I didn’t realise when I bought them and I don’t like that. They were $22 so I’m not too worried. I’ve got to get through 4 weeks (so 3 more) and then go back to be seen by the Opthamologist and then I’ll need to book an appt with my Optometrist to get reassessed for new glasses. I plan on using all my same frames (only a few months old!). Yes of course I remember IBOT and FYBF and Wordless Wednesday and Weekend Rewind and more. Those were the days – a link up for every day just about! I’m FB friends with Jess so yes I knew about her new degree. Good for her! Thanks Denyse! xo

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