• Thanks, AC2. I am just amazed, had no idea I’d see so well so quickly. Quick and painless. Going about my normal routine today. Anyone needing a first person view of cataract surgery should rattle my cage.

  • I would even pay money to see that!

  • I think many of their specialties are often experienced by people as they age, so they’d cut out a lot of patients if they didn’t take Medicare. I am pretty sure — but not positive — that a good friend has United Healthcare and she sees Dr. Schwartz. Worth a phone call…very “state of the art” office, lots of interesting machines they use to diagnose and treat.

  • I read that. Obviously they were more interested in revenge.

    And the biggest argument against executions is that we sometimes execute an innocent man or woman. You cannot unring that bell.

  • My ophthalmologist is Bruce Schwartz, Advanced Ophthalmology of Michiana. There are 3 ophthalmologists in the practice and an optometrist. I have seen Dr. Schwartz since I moved here 11 years ago, and I like him a lot.

  • I’d be happy to give him the patient-centric version of the surgery if it would be helpful. Could give you my email address (or you can see it at the bottom of my comments) — feel free to email me.

    The only gotcha is the cost of the eye drops you have to use for a few weeks. “Liquid gold” and mostly no generics, so you pay out of pocket.

  • For a number of years I had that “dueling” prescription, one contact lens for close vision and the other for far, and the brain figures it out. In my case they worked very well until I began to need “middle distance” correction (for computer work). By then they had come out with multi-focal contact lenses, and I have had those for 5 or 6 years. The extreme worsening of the cataract was a known after-effect of other eye surgery in October 2013.

    Medicare covers cataract surgery, so I’d urge you to look into it. There are other good ophthalmologists in the area, but I can give you the name of mine if you are interested. May be a bit more of a drive than you’d like.

  • Yeah, color me astonished!

    The most disconcerting thing was waking up this morning and thinking to reach for my glasses at my bedside and realizing they aren’t going to be there any longer. I’ve worn contact lenses most of the last 50 years, but always had glasses handy when I wouldn’t be wearing the lenses.

    My eye doc says this surgery is the vision correction of the future. Now I can believe him.

  • Thanks for asking, OHJ. It is nothing short of amazing. I just returned a bit ago from my day-after-surgery appointment and I have 20/30 vision in that eye already! Vision is very slightly hazy in that eye and there are slight rainbow rings around lights, but those will go away in a few days.

    I am seeing better than I have for a year with my existing multi-focal contact lens in the right eye and the brand new IOL in the left. He would be willing to schedule the right eye, but I think I will wait awhile.

  • Which is why most of our politicians aren’t normal.

  • Clear and sunny here in South Bend, but cold (a balmy 11º). Forecast is for slight warming, with sleet and rain and some snow. UGH.

  • I don’t either…mainly because being locked behind bars in our inhumane prison system would be worse punishment.

  • Good morning, everyone. This just makes me sick. And even if the impetus for such executions is revenge, what possible revenge could one have on a mentally disabled man with little ability to understand “revenge.”

    But then, there are cops these days who execute 12 year olds.

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    She pops in here occasionally, too. Her kids keep her very busy, and they’ve now got a puppy in addition to Nagi and a couple of other cats.

    I do worry about reader…

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    Great minds, Starbuck. I had reader in mind when I mentioned a couple of days ago that there were some former Dinerzens we hadn’t seen for awhile. I was also thinking of JClausen, but he poked his head in yesterday. Haven’t seen much of nonquixote, either, although he shows up occasionally on wendydavis’s threads.

    Yellowsnapdragon has mostly gone missing, too.

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    I know there’s a reason that milk (for example) is usually way at the back of the store, forcing people to traverse the entire store instead of scooping up a gallon and zipping back out. The entire purpose of a store layout is to keep the shopper in the store and cause him/her to wander the aisles where they’ll be tempted to buy items they didn’t plan to purchase.

    Meijer gives some prescription drugs free of charge, because they did a market study and discovered that luring people into the store to fill a prescription translates into additional purchases elsewhere in the store. I only take two prescription meds and one is free at Meijer (and I’m there often so they’re not gaining anything. My doc prescribes a 90-day supply, and when I needed a new script I asked their pharmacist how it should be written, and she said it doesn’t matter because I’d only get a month at a time anyway.

    Here are the drugs on Meijer’s freebie list:
    Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciprofloxacin, Ampicillin, Penicillin VK.
    Prenatal vitamins (5 kinds)
    Metformin IR (diabetes)
    Generic Lipitor (Atorvastatin)

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    One of my main complaints about grocery shopping is product placement. Some placements are clearly marketing decisions, and the manufacturers may actually provide financial incentives to the stores.

    An example: A few months ago, Meijer decided to reorganize their peanut butter and jelly display. For obvious reasons, the two are adjacent in the same aisle, but now jellies and jams are displayed on top, horizontally on two shelves, and peanut butter horizontally underneath the jellies on the bottom two shelves, instead of all peanut butter vertically on four shelves adjacent to all jellies and jams vertically on four shelves.

    In practical terms that means if I am looking for my favorite peanut butter I have to almost get on my knees to find it, often dodging around someone in the same spot selecting a favorite jam and completely blocking the peanut butter.

    I complained to the store manager, and he shrugged and said, “Corporate” decides, and he’d pass the complaint along. Several weeks later the display hasn’t changed. Apparently “corporate” isn’t staffed with anyone who has actually done any shopping.

    The overall organization of the grocery aisles also is a mystery. Two similar products may be in two different aisles, so canned tomatoes may be with pasta sauces and not in the fruits and vegetables aisle. These are undoubtedly marketing decisions too, but they often make little sense to shoppers.

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    You took a lovely photo and made it better. Super!!

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    Glad to hear it. I haven’t heard many bad stories about the surgery. Glad it is over, though.

  • msmolly commented on the blog post Over Easy: Shopping

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    Yeah, the pre-op prep (LOTS of eye drops and a port for an IV) and the post-op recovery (my son ran out for a breakfast sandwich for me) took a lot longer than the surgery. And it was completely painless.

    An ultrasound probe breaks up and suctions out the old lens, and the new silicone IOL (intraocular) one is folded up and inserted in the tiny incision and then it unfolds and two little hook thingys attach it permanently. No stitches. Filters blue light like a healthy normal lens.

    Even though vision in that eye is slightly foggy, it isn’t blurry like it was and the distance sight is quite sharp. I may not wear my glasses at all from now on.

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