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‘Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston’ (OCB) Provide An Useful Guide To Cataract Surgery ‘Intraocular Lenses’ (IOLs).

by Anura Guruge

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For more information on IOLs from OCB click here.

They also included these tips for SENIORS like I.

OCB did my cataract surgeries — which I am very pleased with. The above is from their latest Newsletter which I get via e-mail. I thought it was important to share this valuable information with you. Do YOU agree?

Rather Confusing COVID Vaccination Invitation By Boston’s (Famed) ‘Mass General Brigham’.

by Anura Guruge

This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.

Well, I didn’t bother to read the first invitation because I had LUCKILY already got mine, on March 6, 2021, even though I had to wait in line 3-hours.

But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.

Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.

Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.

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Dry Eyes, I Have Come To Appreciate, Should Not Be Overlooked.

by Anura Guruge

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As l have chronicled here I had cataract surgery done on both my eyes — twice on my right eye — between November 2020 & mid-January 2021. I am pleased with the outcome. The surgeries were done at OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, & I lucked out in getting assigned to the OUTSTANDING Dr. Theodor Sauer. Wow! What a doctor & a laudable human being. We was beyond great. Well 4-days prior to the surgeries & a month after each, I had to use medicated 3-in-1 eye drops (that I have already spoken about). Once those eye drops were done Dr. Sauer was insistent that I kept on using lubricated eye drops to keep my eyes from getting dry.

He was very adamant — in the nicest possible way. Explained that most folks, which included I, did not appreciate the significance & worth of keeping one’s eyes well lubricated — especially in the winter. He recommended these & gave me a some samples. Funnily enough a previous eye doctor had recommended the same brand.

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I value my eyes. So, I will do whatever I am asked to do. So, I have been using drops, daily, for the last few weeks. They definitely make a difference. Easier on the eye.

Then today I got this e-mail newsletter basically stressing what Dr. Sauer had told me.

So, I wanted to share it with you. Take note. Don’t mess with your eyes.

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by Anura Guruge

3-In-1 Custom Formulated Eye Drops For Cataract Surgery From ‘Imprimis Rx’.

by Anura Guruge

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Prior to my initial cataract surgery (the day before Thanksgiving in 2020) I would talk to those that had had the surgery to get a feel as to what I should expect. Suffice to say I was a bit uneasy about my eyes cut open under local surgery. Everyone I spoke to was categorical in assuring me that I would not feel a thing & that it was a piece of cake. They were RIGHT. It is pretty miraculous. The other thing they all mentioned, without fail, was the eye drops that you had to use post-surgery & how vital it was not to forget using the drops. All those that I spoke had been given multiple bottles of drops & they had to use drops from each of the different bottles.

That, however, was not the case with I. I only used ONE bottle. SOME of the doctors at OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, including the OUTSTANDING Dr. Theodor Sauer who was my surgeon, had started using a specially formulated 3-in-1 compound to make it easier on us. And it sure was. I did not have to contend with multiple bottles. Just one bottle. This specifically formulated compound, however, was only available from ‘Imprimis Rx’ — via prescription (& it was NOT covered by insurance). Imprimis Rx was a JOY to deal with. Some of nicest folks I have ever dealt with. Extremely helpful & responsive. In the end, given that I ended up having three surgeries (two on my right eye), I needed 3 bottles.

The drops worked well — from what I can tell. They would sometimes sting but would then settle down & prove to be extremely soothing. I confessed to the doctor that I was concerned that I was getting addicted to them. I know I used more that I should. But, that is all in the past. To be honest, my last bottle is not empty, & it sits on my bathroom counter, BUT I do not use it. I use over-the-counter eye drops as I am now supposed to use.

I am sharing this for those of you who might be getting cataract surgery in the future. You should definitely ask about these 3-in-1 drops from your surgeon. They could make the whole pre- & post surgery that much easier.

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by Anura Guruge

The Toric Lens Implanted In My Right Eye Is Getting Rotated 15 Degrees On Monday!

by Anura Guruge

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Basically FOLLOW-UP cataract surgery — on my RIGHT eye; my bad eye. We always knew that this was the eye that was going to be challenging.

I had cataract surgery on it, by the AMAZING Dr. Theodor Sauer of OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, on December 7, 2020. Wow. As I detailed here, for the first time in 52-years I could see out of that eye without glasses or contacts.

But, it was NOT perfect. The LEFT eye, which I had done 12-days earlier, is near perfect.

We did NOT expect the same results from the right eye.

I saw Dr. Sauer this last Monday, January 4, 2021. He thinks he can IMPROVE on the right eye.

So, I am having SURGERY again this coming Monday, January 11, 2021.

He is going to open my eye & get to the implanted lens. Then he is going to rotate it 15 degrees. I forgot to ask him in what direction. Doesn’t matter to I. He knows. I trust him — implicitly.

Wow. I am excited.

Well I will keep you posted.

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My Two Daughters (14 & 20) Cleared The Snow From Today’s HUGE Storm Like The Experts They Are.

by Anura Guruge

The 14-year old, in pink, is handling the snowblower. This is our 2nd year with a snowblower. I taught her to use it last year. Though she pretends to complain she likes using it. Beats shoveling snow — THOUGH she is very good & FAST at shoveling. She is like a machine. Just gets going.

They both have had years of practice. Prior to last year we did it all by hand. Then I busted my knee when I slipped shoveling. THEY insisted that we get a snowblower. So, I got this monster, 3-stage. It sure worked well today.

Yes, I did fair amount of driving the snowblower. But very little shovelling for a change. I am not supposed to do much since I had cataract surgery just last week! SMILE.

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HUGE Snowstorm Is NOT Going To Stop My Walking … 17,000+ Steps/Day, 500,000+ Steps/Month.

by Anura Guruge

It was a LOT of snow, at least 20″ (0.5 meter). But, that was NOT going to dent my walking streak. I have walked more than 10K steps, a DAY, without a single break, since April 17. 244-days & during that time I had two cataract surgeries. Still got my steps in even on those days. Doctor knew it. He was all for it.

So …

Then, with the help of my two daughters (14 & 20, we cleared the drive. SMILE.

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COVID-19 ‘PCR Test’ In New Hampshire — ‘Huggins Hospital’, Wolfeboro, DELIVERS.

by Anura Guruge

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My results on the Portal.

I needed to get tested TWICE for COVID in the last 2-weeks, since I was getting cataract surgery on both my eyes — 12-days apart.

The surgery was done (quite brilliantly) in Boston at ‘OCB‘. Since I was out-of-state, per MA State mandates I needed a COVID test before each surgery.

First surgery was the day before Thanksgiving & ‘they’ were content with a 15-minute RAPID TEST. I was able to get that done, quite efficiently, with minimal wait, at my local ‘ClearChoiceMD‘ in Alton. I was happy — though they charged me $75 on the spot (though I have Medicare (Advantage) Insurance).

My second surgery, on my right eye, was this Monday — post the Thanksgiving SPIKE in infections. They wanted a ‘PCR Test’.

ClearChoiceMD only does the 15-minute rapid test. No PCR.

Called the ‘Huggins Hospital‘ COVID Hotline. They were OUTSTANDING.

They understood. They appreciated that it was for PRE-OP.

They PROMISED me results within ’24-hours’ & they delivered, albeit, in ’28-hours’ (rather than 24). But, that was still GOOD. Brilliant. I was so happy & relieved.

I called Thursday around mid-day. They gave me a 11am appointment, in Wolfeboro, the next day, i.e., Friday. My surgery in Boston was at 1:45pm on Monday.

They promised me the results on Saturday — via their Portal.

There was no line or waiting for the 11am TESTING. It was drive-through. Very slick. I was out & on my way by 11:08am. 8-minutes.

I had the test results around 1pm on Saturday (ahead of the BIG storm). I was so relieved. They even faxed it to OCB.

They delivered as they promised.

They knew — & MARKED THE TEST — PRE-OP.

So, now YOU know. IF you need a PCR Test, quickly, call Huggins.

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by Anura Guruge

My Cataract Surgeries, By Dr. Theodor Sauer Of OCB (Boston), Pretty Close To Miraculous — My Best Vision In 52-Years!

by Anura Guruge

I had both eyes done 12-days apart.

Dr. Theodor Sauer

I am uncharacteristically lost for words to adequately describe
his brilliance, CARING & dedication.

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For health reasons you cannot donate used contact lenses. I looked.

I can see AGAIN!

I can actually see & read things without contact lenses or glasses. I have not been able to do that in over 52-years! 52-years. That is a longtime.

This is the BEST VISION I have had since I was 14-years old. I am in awe.

Dr. Theodor Sauer is a genius. A magician. I am in awe of his skills & his traits as a caring, compassionate human being. Wow. He is a GOOD MAN. Salt of the Earth.

He worked Thanksgiving morning so folks like I could have surgery the day before (given that OCB insists on a post-op check-up the day after surgery). He has called me at 9am on Saturday & at 6:30pm in the evening. He cares. He is dedicated. He is brilliant.

I lucked out. I did not pick him. OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, never gave me a chance. He was assigned to I & I could NOT be gladder. I lucked out. I won the lottery.

No pain, not even any discomfort! Did NOT have to take any pills after surgery. Both eyes GREAT.

He also has two amazing support staff: Jessica J. & Carla A. They were both outstanding. So helpful, so patient. I lucked out.

I found OCB on the Web. I wanted my eyes ‘done’ in Boston. SMILE.

I called them, for the first time, on September 10, 2020. They told me I had to go 3-weeks without contact lenses in either eye. Based on that they got me an appointment with Dr. Sauer on October 1, 2020.

88-days from 1st phone call to having my 2nd eye done!

Not even 3-months. Some places in New Hampshire couldn’t get me in for my preliminary appointment for 3-months.

Am I happy? Am I glad? Am I excited? It is nice to be able to see.

Second time in 20-months that I have totally & utterly lucked out with surgeons. March 2019 was when I needed my emergency quadricep tendon tear surgery. That time I was assigned Dr. Charles Blitzer. He also did magic & I honestly thought I would never, ever encounter a doctor as good as Dr. Blitzer. Then I was assigned Dr. Sauer. Has to be Karma. I was due some, but I seem to have been rewarded in buckets.

So, when it comes to OCB all I have is praise, kudos, admiration, respect & THANKS. I can’t recommend or endorse them any higher. I lucked out.

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Who Needs An ‘E’ To Make These Great Boston Medics ‘Heroes’?

by Anura Guruge

To be honest & fair, the ONLY thing funny about this large, colorful banner is that I — Mr. TYPO — saw the typo. Wow.

This would have been I. I can relate.

But, you would have thought SOMEONE would have spotted it. Never mind.

Message still very VALID & appreciated.

This was in Boston.

MGH = Massachusetts General Hospital.

Talking about all the good folks that work at MGH.

Yes, they are all HEROES or even HEROS.

BONUS. I just discovered WHY it was not flagged by Spellcheck. ‘Heros’ is a ‘family of fish native to South America!

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